BMOC Tournament Ready To Launch
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jun 15, 2011

Several of the West's top prospects will be on hand for the maiden voyage of the BMOC 7on7 Tourney, the brainchild of former USC and Super Bowl winners Brian Kelly and Keyshawn Johnson...

They won a Rose Bowl together at USC in 1996.

They won a Super Bowl together in Tampa Bay in 2003.

But the one thing lacking from their resume is a 7on7 tournament title.

"They" are Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly, the duo who founded the 1925 All-Stars and Big Man On Campus (BMOC).

On Thursday and Friday, BMOC will host their first ever 7on7 Tournament, at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

And the Rose Bowl and Super Bowl champions, Johnson and Kelly, will try to win their first title as coaches, in their sixth try.

"We told the kids that we are not going to throw these tournaments to finish second," said Kelly. "We're not going to fall short doing this."

1925, named for Johnson (19 and Kelly's (25) numbers in the NFL, has had arguably the most D-I talent of any teams to play on the 7on7 circuit from the Western United States.

Last year, in their first tournament, they lost in the semifinals of the Badger Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas, ultimately finishing third, and then repeated the same finish at the AIGA Memorial Tournament. They traveled to Tuscaloosa for the first ever Badger National 7on7 Tournament, and lost to the South Florida Express in the final minutes.

This year, they improved on their third place finish in Las Vegas and the AIGA tournaments, but lost in the finals, in overtime to two-time champs B2G in Las Vegas, and to Alliance Sports at the AIGA.

Kelly isn't ready for any more runner-up finishes.

"The fact they've been in the championships before isn't enough," said Kelly. "They need to win it."

But aside from how their team does, Kelly is thrilled to put on their first 7on7 tournament.

"We started out wanting to do some camps, but after we spent a little more time with the kids, we turned our attention to 7on7," said Kelly. "It's the new wave with how things are going."

They're also presenting a good setting to put the camp on in.

"We wanted to invite everyone to California, make sure it stays selective, and get the top talent out here, with only around 10-12 teams. Eventually, it will grow to get bigger and bigger with the support of sponsors like UnderArmour and different sites."

The plan, for now, Kelly says, is to stay out West.

"The game plan is to keep it on the West Coast, and have one in the Northwest, the Southwest, Arizona and California and then have a big one in Southern California where we're stll putting our little spin on it," said Kelly.

He's thrilled with the talent coming to the first one.

"We're pretty proud with who we've got coming out," said Kelly. "(New Level Athletics founder) Baron Flenory is coming from Texas and bringing some good talent, and there is a team from Utah and a team from Arizona, and even a Florida team. There will be a lot of top talent."

Which is what they aimed to attract. "That's really the objective, to turn this into something where we have teams from all over," said Kelly. "We want to make the best choices of the top talent, give the kid from Florida a chance to be looked at with the scout's own eyes."

Some of the top players expected include Scout 300 prospects like Bryce Treggs, Shaquille Thompson, Tee Shepard, Deontay Greenberry, Jordan Payton and Ishmael Adams, and underclassmen like L.J. Moore, Malik Cyphers and Troy Williams.

"It should be a fun event and we can't wait to see what this leads to," said Kelly.

Brandon is in his seventh year with, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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