The visionaries behind B2G, which begins tomorrow in Thousand Oaks, Calif., were both defensive backs. Henry Bell played at Purdue in the late 1990’s and fellow founder Ron Allen was at UCLA at the same time. So it’s no surprise that they take the defensive backs group and groom them.
Bell will be coaching the defensive backs at B2G, and he’ll have plenty of talent to work with.
Three four-star defensive backs from Scout.com headline the list: Lance Mitchell from Muir High in Pasadena, David Ross from Dominguez in Compton and Omar Bolden from Colony in Ontario. A slew of three-star prospects by Scout will be there as well led by Vonzell McDowell from Rainier Beach in Seattle, Anthony Gildon from Oaks Christian in Westlake Village and Anthony Wright from Compton.
And with the skill position players on offense, it should create an entertaining slate of practices between the two sides.
Several of the players attending said the elite talent expected to be on hand was a key reason that they chose to accept the invitation to B2G.
“The competition, the big names that are going there, that was a big factor,” said Terrance Dennis from Diamond Ranch in Pomona. “If it wasn’t an elite camp, I wouldn’t have gone, but it’s a big name camp and by going you get a lot of recognition.”
McDowell is traveling farther than any other defensive back, which isn’t a surprise considering he came down to California for the Scout.com Combine last month.
“This will be my third camp in California, and a lot of the guys I see on the website, I’ll get to see in person,” said McDowell. “Some of these guys I might end up playing with in college and some I’ll play against.”
Dennis is looking forward to matching up with good friend Russell Carr, a receiver out of Don Lugo in Chino and an opponent for Dennis again this fall.
“Some of the names that were invited stood out, like Marc Tyler and Russell. Me and Russell are already exchanging words, but its in fun,” said Dennis.
Wright is using the invitation to B2G to get some more exposure, though he already has several offers to his credit.
“I just want to keep getting my name out there,” said Wright. “A lot of these guys have already committed, like Raymond Carter (to UCLA) but a lot of has haven’t, so it will be fun.”
McDowell also plans to use the camp to raise his own game.
“My dad and I talked about it and I already have done a lot of camps, but the experience will make my game better,” said McDowell. “The season’s coming and I’m in football shape, but its always good to get back on the field.”
Other defensive backs scheduled to attend include Romeo Pellum from Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Larry Parker from St. Augustine in San Diego, Johnny Fields from Fresno, Michael Evans from Carson, Terrance Foster from Sonora and David Stuckman from P.K. Yonge in Gainesville, Fla.
Corbin Brown, one of the top underclassmen in the West will come from the heat in Las Vegas to show his performance at the Scout.com Combine last May was why he’s expected to be a hot commodity in the class of 2008.
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.