Cali Central Coast Gets "Big Picture"

The California Central Coast isn't a major recruiting hotbed, but the area has its share of football prospects. After working with B2G Sports, JT Stone realized the California Central Coast lacked a football training organization. Therefore, he created Big Picture Athletics. The grass roots effort got of the ground last weekend with its first annual skills camp in Santa Maria, California…

Big Picture Athletics (BPA) Founder/Director JT Stone has over 14 years of experience working with youths and eight years of coaching experience. But he will be the first to admit he is learning on the job. His first annual Big Athletics skills camp didn't draw the numbers he had hoped. With SAT testing, state track finals, and various college camps going on last weekend, Stone now realizes timing is everything.

Nonetheless, BPA still attracted some of the area's top prospects, including highly touted 2012 Arroyo Grande (Calif.) safety Seth Jacobs. Coming off an injury, Jacobs was limited as he was saving his strength for Sunday's UCLA camp.

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back Darrelled Jones was the top offensive performer. Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North cornerback Jose Jolly was the top defender continually locking down receivers.

Stone is trying to develop something special on the California Central Coast. With weekly training sessions, a 7on7 squad, and skills camps, Stone plans to put BPA on the map.

"We don't have anything like this out here," said Stone. "We had to take our guys down south or up north. Every time we did, they came back better."

Next up for BPA is a trip to Fresno for the Passing Down 7on7 Elite Passing Tournament on July 9. It's another opportunity to put his players on the map.

BPA is the only football training organization in the Santa Maria/Five Cities area of California. But Stone is hoping to attract top players from up and down the Golden State and possibly other parts of the country to his training sessions and camps. Besides providing quality coaching at the skill positions, there are few places nicer than the California Central Coast to spend a Saturday afternoon.

For more information on Big Picture Athletics, please visit www.bigpictureathletics.com.



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