Monday, July 2, 2012
Several standouts from the B2G Elite Camp
By Erik McKinney
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The B2G Elite Camp, held over the weekend at Cal Lutheran University featured 100 top football players from across the country. The published roster was loaded with talent and the turn out did not disappoint. After two days of individual drills, including one-on-one and seven-on-seven work, the group broke into the "A game" on Sunday, which featured several highlights.
In a high-scoring affair that was eventually secured for the offense with a leaping touchdown grab from wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), both sides had players step up and contribute.
But it began and ended with Treadwell, who hauled in three touchdown passes and was awarded the offensive MVP of camp. The nation's No. 38 player and No. 4 wide receiver had two long catch-and-run touchdowns, then made his mark on the final drive with a tough catch in traffic along the sideline to set up the final score. The few times he had difficulty getting open or securing a catch, more times than note it was cornerback Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) providing the coverage. The two had several terrific one-on-one battles throughout camp with neither player giving an inch to the other. Hawkins said Treadwell can expect to hear from him in the future, as the USC commit looks to haul in another standout receiver for the Trojans while they participate in The Opening later this week.
Several Illinois standouts were in attendance, as wide receiver Jauan Wesley (Harvey, Ill./Thornton Township) and Parrker Westphal (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) -- both 2014 recruits -- made their presence felt.
Wesley, with a long touchdown receptions and another catch-and-run that drew a reaction from the crowd, was just one of many wide receivers with big performances throughout the camp.
John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan), whose stock has soared this spring and summer, could not be covered on Saturday and continued to make plays on Sunday. Victor Bolden (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos) caught a touchdown pass during the game and was named the camp's most versatile player. Trent Irwin (Newhall, Calif./Hart), a 2015 standout, continues to impress and 2014 wide receiver Daniel Kahn (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) jumped onto the scene with two touchdown grabs and a pair of incredibly sure hands.
Quarterback Jihad Vercher (Los Angeles/Salesian) was again impressive, especially on his first drive of the game, when it took him just two passes to go 80 yards for a score.
Defensively, linebacker Keishawn Bierria (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) took home MVP honors for that side of the ball, but Hawkins made a run at the award, as did middle linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea (Honolulu/Punahou) and cornerbacks Devin Holiday (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills) and Jermaine Kelly (Los Angeles/Salesian).
There weren't a large number of big men in attendance, but the MVP awards up front went to offensive tackle Christian Morris (Memphis, Tenn./East) and 2015 defensive tackle Mark Zavala (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), who was certainly not the pre-camp favorite to win the award, but was unblockable on Saturday.