With B2G Sports wrapping up its 10th year, and with a new slogan, Developing All-Americans since 2000, there are plenty of times that Ron Allen and Henry Bell look back at their first decade and smile at the success they’ve had.
“We’ve helped the development of 51 high school All-Americans since we started,” said Allen. “Some guys we discovered early, some we discovered late. Regardless, they all give us a lot credit for their success and end up becoming like family.”
Currently, B2G alum dot the rosters of several major programs across the country: Tate Forcier starting at quarterback at Michigan, Richard Sherman at cornerback for Stanford, Akeem Ayers & Rahim Moore for UCLA, Chris Rainey splitting time at Florida, and Nate Fellner at safety for Washington.
As an unknown high school player, Rahim Moore fine tuned his technique and ball skills against some of the best prospects California had to offer at the B2G Elite Camp. After starting as a true freshman in 2008, Moore is having an All American sophomore campaign by leading the nation with nine interceptions.
“Just having the opportunity to work with Rahim was a honor because the kid is incredibly humble and very coachable. It not shocking to see him progress the way he has. He understands that this game is a business and he approaches it as such,” said Allen.
The other B2G Alum that’s having an outstanding sophomore campaign for the Bruins is Akeem Ayers. In 2006, as an up and coming senior, Ayers earned B2G Elite Camp's Most Versatile Player award. This year he is proving the college world just how athletic he and well rounded he is.
“Akeem was one of the most athletic linebackers to attend our program. He could do it all and did it all in high school. Its now great to see him put it all together this year,” said Bell.
Fellner is another one who’s impressed this season.
“Nate had a great camp with us and we felt he could play his freshman year,” said Allen. “Now he’s out making plays and starting as a true freshman.”
Two-time attendee & B2G A-Game MVP, Forcier had an up-and-down season for the Wolverines, but had some heroic highlights in his first year on the job.
"I know Tate has an elite arm and he got a lot of footwork from us but I didn't expect him to take over the game and upset Notre Dame like that so early in his career.” said Bell.
Sherman made his mark two years ago when he made the game-saving fourth down catch that kept Stanford’s drive alive in their stunner over USC. This year, his pick six nailed down the win for the Cardinal.
“Richard made a good transition from starting at wideout his true freshman and sophomore season to now cornerback as a junior at Stanford. He hasn't played the position since high school but he polished his db skills with us for three years back then. So he had a solid foundation,” Allen said.
Others have played and made an impact as freshman like Cliff Harris (Oregon), Shaquille Evans (Notre Dame) and T.J. McDonald (USC), each themselves two-time Elite camp participants.
This year’s crop is one of the deepest and most talented groups they’ve had.
“We had Hayes Pullard and Brennan Clay coming to the program as freshman and sophomores respectively,” said Bell. “Brennan had Tate to bring him and Hayes had Kemonte Bateman and Clint Floyd of ASU. We saw them at a young age and we knew they’d do great things.”
Then there were the success stories that came out of nowhere, like Shaquille Richardson and Joshua Shaw.
“We had a clue guys would catch on to Shaq Richardson and Josh Shaw but not like they did,” said Allen. “Josh has gotten offers from all the top BCS schools, and his commitment to Florida says a lot about Josh as a player. Florida doesn’t have to come out here to recruit. His commitment comes because of how hard he worked and how much he improved. I don’t think anyone saw him doing what he did because he was so raw at first. He kept soaking up what we taught him, stayed consistent with us then out of nowhere, his recruiting buzz came like wildfire.”
Another player who blossomed like that was Anthony Brown.
“We were proud of Anthony,” said Bell. “We knew hed get a BCS offer, but for him to go to SC and get an offer, that was big. Jered Bell (Colorado commit) is another guy who popped up out of nowhere.”
Allen and Bell said the cornerback group really impressed them and served as great models for what they’re trying to accomplish.
“This year was the year the Josh Shaw’s and the Shaq’s, the Anthony Browns, they showed the people who didn’t know what we do, what our program is all about,” said Allen. “We’re the only ones who spent time doing football stuff while other guys were just doing combine stuff.”
It wasn’t just about the defense though.
“Offensively, Bryan Bennett (Oregon commit) was a breath of fresh air,” said Bell. “He didn’t have any offers when he first worked out with us and now he’s going to Oregon where he’s going to do big things in that offense.”
And other players have emerged too.
“We had DeShawn Beck, Lucky Radley and Cameron Roberson (who is currently committed to Notre Dame) all here as sophomores and they’ve all had great seasons and have offers from all over,” said Allen.
One of the best players to play in the Southland this fall is Compton Centennial’s Kevin Smith.
“The light has to be shined on Kevin Smith.” said Bell. “No one has come out of the woodworks like he did. He went from a virtually unknown player to a four star prospect half way through the season. At 6'6", Kevin's teammate, Kurt Davis, is right behind him. But Kevin & Kurt are true basketball guys. You can see just how athletic Kevin is. He has a 40 inch vertical leap which I saw first hand. If the kid doesn’t have a 40, its 38+, he jumps out of the gym and is having a hell of a year. Eric Scott (B2G receivers coach and Centennial head coach) is one of the best at coaching wideouts and you can see how he coached Kevin and Kurt up. They may only have a total of 25 games combined in their high school careers but now Kevin and Kurt will be two of the best guys coming out of this class.”
Two of the Serra Leagues top players, Nat Bellamy at Loyola, and Darien Johnson at Bishop Amat, are B2G alums, who’ve impressed this year, but left Allen and Bell impressed well before the fall started.
There have been other under-the-radar guys for 2010, too.
“Chayz Holt is a top sleeper for sure out of Rancho Cucamonga,” said Allen. “He has gotten notice from Washington, Colorado and Boise State, as well as All-Everything athlete Marquel Carter of Culver City high school who is getting most of his attention from the Ivy League.”
Then you have the young guys at B2G, who will be names to remember in the 2011 class.
“For starters you’ve got to give it up to running back Brandon Taylor at Santa Monica,” said Allen. “Seeing him as a freshman involved in such a high level of training was impressive. He wasn't afraid to compete with all the top seniors and hes benefited from that. The game is coming easy to him and hes a hell of a competitor. QB Michael Bercovici will be a monster for the Woodland Hills Taft spread offense as will gun slinger Michael Eubank at perennial powerhouse Corona Centennial.”
An Inland Empire prospect, Thierry Nguema, is a player they’re high on.
“At the Elite Camp this pass summer, he graded out like Cliff Harris did before his junior year,” said Bell. “Also, up north, Brian Clay from Will C. Woods is another kid who's a stud at corner. Arroyo Grande's Seth Jacobs is an athlete who stood out as well. Matthew Lyons, whos leading Dorsey defense at linebacker, Murshad Dillon from Santa Maria, running back Nolan Plummer from Bishop Montgomery, athlete Kyron Defour from Sierra Canyon, cornerback Chris Brown at Culver City, and everybody knows about Crenshaw's Black Mamba, Deanthony Thomas.”
There were several other top prospects that made the venture to L.A. to work out with them.
"Over 40 guys who worked out with us at least five times in 2009 earned a scholarship offer, including Sean Parker, Dietrich Riley, Josh Shirley, D.J. Morgan, Dillon Baxter (was on Team B2G) and Paul Richardson. Fourteen of those guys also made the national Scout 300." said Allen.
Bell and Allen know that when these prospects gather together during B2G events, they're going to get a lot of reps against the best. That makes their performances at other camps and combines easy to understand.
“We have the top competition together getting good work, that’s why they’ve dominated the camp circuit,” said Allen. “The ongoing message that came across is that our guys are more prepared than everyone else when it came to impressing college recruiters. Its a wonderful thing to see their hard work pay off. We’re very detailed in terms of our expectations. There's a high level of football specific training we put these guys through. So it’s a no brainer that they’re going to dominate throughout the season.”
A fact made clear by all of the All-Americans they’ve developed.
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