THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The B2G Elite Camp is traditionally one of the best camps all summer in California and this year should be no different as many of the top players in the West are expected to be in attendance. Here are five storylines heading into the camp that runs from Friday through Sunday at Cal Lutheran:
Can Mathis rebound?
Joe Mathis struggled against some of the best offensive tackles at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta, and there will be some quality players he'll go against at the B2G Camp. So this could be his chance to re-establish himself as one of the top defensive ends in the West.
Mathis, a four-star prospect from Upland, Calif., has dropped a lot of weight and seems to have lost some of his power as well, but he did perform better Sunday in Atlanta after struggling on Saturday.
Four-star prospects Nico Falah, John Lopez and Kenny Lacy are expected in attendance, so Mathis will have some heady competition to go against this week at the B2G Camp.
How good is the Hawaiian?
Stanford commit Isaac Savaiinaea is on the roster for the B2G Camp, and this will be the first time we've seen him in person. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect from Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou has been hyped up a lot, especially after performing so well at a NIKE Combine in recent months.
Savaiinaea is a four-star prospect who could push for the No. 1 spot in the Hawaii rankings with a big-time showing at the B2G camp. There was a lot of hype on four-star defensive end Scott Pagano going into the Rivals100 Challenge, and he disappointed. We'll see if Savaiinaea can step it up.
Cornerbacks loading up
Four-star cornerback Chris Hawkins from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., looked really good at times during his trip to the Rivals100 Challenge, but there are also critics who say he's still too thin. He's gained weight, and if he continues to then Hawkins could be an elite cornerback at the next level.
Priest Willis is already 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds and plays cornerback but there are some who say he must move to safety in college.
Hawkins and Willis lead an outstanding group of cornerbacks at the event which also includes Arizona commit Devin Holiday, Los Angeles Salesian's Jermaine Kelly, Daquawn Brown and Tere Calloway. It's a loaded group, so it's important to step up and make a name for yourself.
Time for young guys to shine
One of the most valuable aspects of B2G is that they target younger players and get them early exposure, so we're looking for some top 2014 and 2015 prospects to step up during the camp.
Some names we're especially interested in looking at are 2015 defensive back Iman Marshall from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, 2014 Los Angeles Salesian teammates Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware, 2014 offensive lineman Natrell Curtis from Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe, 2014 quarterback Brandon Dawkins from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian and many others.
Adam Gorney is the West Coast Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow him on Twitter @adamgorney.
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