It may not have the five-star power that the running back group has, but the group of receivers and tight ends invited to the B2G Elite Football Program in Thousand Oaks, Calif., this weekend is nothing to scoff at.
A handful of the best pass-catchers in the state will be on hand at B2G, and the depth will be evident.
Two of the state's top receivers will be on hand: Reggie Dunn, out of Verbum Dei in Los Angeles and Anthony Boyles. Both are four-star recruits as is Zion Babb from Alhambra, who is also scheduled to attend.
Cameron Collins, out of Santa Monica, Calif., and Russell Carr out of Don Lugo in Chino, Calif., and Sean Wiser from Oaks Christian in Westlake Village are three more of the offered standouts from in-state who will be there. T.J. Simpson out of Peoria, Ariz., will make the venture west to strut his stuff in California.
“It’s going to be fun. We’ll get a taste of college since it simulates the first week and like 50% of their players have gone on to college,” said Collins. “It will be a good experience.
Carr echoed those sentiments. This will be the sixth camp for Carr this spring, but one he is looking forward to.
“This is for the best players, invitational only, and it got good reviews,” said Carr. “I heard that there was going to be some good competition at this one.”
Carr may also work with the safeties during B2G, but said he definitely wants to get plenty of action at receiver.
Making a return trip to B2G is Jonathan Brasfield out of Venice, Calif. Last year, Brasfield was one of the few underclassmen who made the trip and he’s one of the rare returning players. During the 2005 B2G, Brasfield primarily worked with the defensive backs, but this year, since he’ll be playing more receiver for the Gondoliers, he’ll be spending the majority of his time with the wideouts.
“One of the things I like about B2G is that there is so much competition,” said Brasfield. “You get to go against the best of the best there. Last year, you had Richard Sherman (Stanford), Darian Hagan (Cal), Ryan McFoy (Arizona State), R.J. Garrett (Cal), C.J. Gable (USC) and David Ausberry (USC) who were there. The competition was high.”
The founders of B2G, Ron Allen and Henry Bell, were both former defensive backs in college; Bell at Purdue and Allen at UCLA. Bell coaches the defensive backs so he’ll have plenty of work to prepare the defensive backs against a solid group of receivers.
And Brasfield received that training a year ago.
“It’s definitely a good product,” said Brasfield. “They’re on you tough because they want you to be the best you can be. “At the end of the camp, you can take what they teach you.
Brasfield, a City Section product, also said the opportunity to go up against players from the Southern Section is something he is looking forward to.
“It’s always cool to go against people you can’t see. It’s like a whole new group and brings out the best in you. Plus, its like the last time you get to go out there and prepare for the season before it starts,” said Brasfield.
Other receivers confirmed to attend are Maxwell Lacy from Verbum Dei in Los Angeles, Maurice Shaw from Colony in Ontario and Will Chandler from Birmingham in Van Nuys.
A handful of tight ends will also be there, led by Eric Brooks from Monrovia, Calif., and Mikhail Marinovich out of Serra in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
For Brooks, it will be an opportunity to camp with three of his teammates at Monrovia: running backs James Davis and Tyler Thompson and quarterback David Potts. This will be the quartet’s third camp together. All four attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio in January and the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles last month.
“Me and my teammates are all going to be together, so that is mostly why I’m going, but I also want to go up against some good competition,” said Brooks. “It should be fun.”
This year, Eric Scott, a former receiver at Northwestern and UCLA, will be coaching the receivers. Scott also coached the receivers at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles next month.
Scout.com will provide exclusive coverage the first three days of B2G and the camp, which runs from June 22-25, culminates on Sunday, the 25th with the A-Game.