"The biggest difference this year was the overall athletic ability while seeing a crop of prospects with 4.0 GPA's or better" said Bell. "Not only was this one of the more athletic groups we've ever had, they understood what it takes in the classroom. By the end of the Elite camp, these guys may have shown the biggest overall improvement out of any group of kids we have had in the 10 year running the Elite Camp." Now I can honestly match this group with any group we have had in the past."
The A-Game MVP was DeShawn Beck, from Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan.
"DeShawn is in his third year in the Elite program, so everything came more naturally for him," said Bell. "He understood that he was the vet of the group and he took the lead all week. He was like the Steve Smith (2003 B2G alum - USC/Giants) of the group, the "big play guy."
Mr. Versatile himself, Lucky Radley came back for his second taste of the Elite Camp and like DeShawn, they made it know that they were the vets of the group.
Receiving an offer the University of Colorado during the Elite Camp, Lucky displayed a swagger and maturity you only see in future leaders on or off the field.
"Lucky has been apart of Instinct Training (IT), our off-season training program since January as well as the Elite Camp last year, so its just great to see him develop into the All Around athlete that will do whatever it takes to get better. You got to respect guys like that", said Bell.
Back for his second year, North Carolina native Tehvyn Brantley is another top prospect that was in attendance.
"Tehvyn has shown tremendous improvement in his route running and overall catching ability," said Bell.
The defensive standout was Inglewood (Calif.) safety James Grace.
"James Grace was our Defensive MVP and he is one of the best safeties in California. He made big play after big play. He has the frame to be at least 6-2, 215-220 and still keep his speed and range. I will match him up with any safety prospect in the state and I have seen them all," said Bell.
Other prospects that stood out was Chayz Holt from Rancho Cucamonga and Tre Sayles from Corona Santiago.
Shaquille (Shaq) Richardson, Josh Shaw and Bryan Douglas, all regulars of IT, all earned praise from Bell and Allen.
"I'm so proud of all three of these guys. They took on our challenge and now they don't have to talk about how hard they work, they got offers to prove it," said Bell. "None of them had any offers at the beginning of the year when they started at IT. Now Shaq has seven, Shaw holds 23 which include USC, Ohio State and Notre Dame, and Douglas just committed to Boise State. These talented cornerbacks have dominated the camp circuit all spring and summer."
Deche Milburn, now in Texas but previously in Arizona, put the exclamation point on a great week at B2G, after having solid camps at UCLA and USC.
Another standout wideout was Brandon Graves from Crespi High School.
A trio of prospects from Compton (Calif.) Centennial stood out to Bell.
"Kevin Smith, who rocked the Mohawk, made some of the best plays all weekend. He's currently holds a 3.6 G.P.A. while matching that with a 40-inch vertical, so he's pretty special as a student-athlete. Its NO doubted he can play anywhere in the Pac-10. Kurt Davis, this is his first year of playing football and he's got some real good height standing 6-6, making him one of the tallest wideout prospects in Southern California.
And Thomas Street, he was the sleeper corner. Of the top five that was there, including Joshua Shaw and Shaquille Richardson, Street was right there with them. He could turnout to be the Dante Hughes (2003 B2G Alum Cal/Indy Colts) of this class."
Walking away with the Most Versatile award was Las Vegas native Elijah Mitchell.
"Elijah, while carrying an impressive 4.0+ GPA, has been a regular at IT, driving eight hours every Sunday to seek the best competition during the off season. He displayed great hands at wideout while showing smarts and instincts at the safety position. Elijah is one of the most versatile players that has participated in the Elite camp. He has a very high football IQ and is always in position to make the play on O or D., but we think he's better at safety," said Bell.
The most intriguing prospect of them all was Blayr Jimmerson from the Windward School, who scored 50 touchdowns in 8-man football last year.
"Playing both wide receiver and cornerback, he was close to winning the Most Versatile award," said Bell. "When you score 50+ touchdowns on any level, Pop Warner to the pros, you can flat out play. Don't forget, Heisman Trophy Winner, Rashaan Salaam played 8-man in High School," said Bell.
Defensively, linebacker Taylor George from Visalia (Calif.) Redwood caught their eye.
"Standing around 6-4, he is one of the bigger linebacker prospects in California." said Bell. "He can play middle backer as well as defensive end. Very rangy and has good lateral movements."
Another standout Linebacker was Brett Wallan from South Medford, Oregon.
At quarterback, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) passer Greg Watson, the reigning CIF Player of the Year for his division, was the standout while taking his team to an undefeated season last year.
"Greg throws one of the best deep balls we've seen (this year). Although only standing 5'11, I believe he can play quarterback on the next level." said Bell.
Piedmont (Calif.) quarterback Cormac Craigie was a seldom-discussed prospect from NorCal, but Bell and Allen were impressed.
"People don't know about him as of yet, but he was one of the best overall athletes out of the group. C-Mac as the campers called him, predominantly played quarterback and receiver, but I think his chance will would be a safety. Standing 6'2, he is that rangy as an athlete," said Bell.
Gardena is more than Serra, and running back Donald Hall stood to that.
"Donald and Lucky stole the show at the running back position," said Bell. "but while Lucky went to linebacker, Donald double as a wideout since that's what position he will play when they go to the spread offense at Gardena this year."
"Josh just looks more and more comfortable at the position, more and more comfortable playing linebacker," said Bell. "While Charles is slowing becoming one of the best all around defensive backs in Cali."
And the future was bright with some talented youngsters.
"There were a lot of underclassmen that will be in the top 5 of their recruiting class. This is one of our deepest underclassmen groups since our 2006 class which featured national recruits and UCLA bound, Rahim Moore, Milton Knox, Jonathan Franklin," said Bell.
While 2012 Linebacker Craig Jones (Central Catholic), running back Christian Vega (Salesian), and quarterback/safety Seth Jacobs (Arroyo Grande) represented well for their class.
But according to Bell, Nguema from Corona Santiago will be the biggest prospect of this group.
"Thierry has the potential to be the top corner in 2011. He reminds me a lot of a young Cliff Harris (2008 B2G Alum and the #1 rated corner prospects)," said Bell. "Thierry has that potential to be the best in the state if not the country next year. He has the all the tools you want in a corner prospect. Give him another summer and he will be even bigger, faster and his football IQ will only increase."
B2G Sports will host two IT Mini-Camps in West LA and the Inland Empire. The IT Mini-Camps is the last chance to go against Southern California's best and get notice while preparing for the upcoming season. The IT Mini Camps is open to the public and ALL positions are welcome.
The two locations are Corona Santiago High School, August 2nd (6-8pm), 4th (9-11am) and 5th (6-8pm) & Culver City High School, August 3rd, 4th and the 6th. Each day in will be from 6 pm - 8 pm at Culver City.
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