One of the reasons that the Beyond 2000 Elite Camp (B2G) keeps growing and getting better every season is the fact that they have their fair share of sleepers who burst onto the scene after being tutored by the B2G staff. The camp also showcases underclassmen and this particular camp was deep with underclassmen.
The sleeper to keep your eye on from the camp is linebacker Chris Denis from West Covina, Calif. Denis came to the camp as a safety for the first day of practice, but was later moved to his more natural position linebacker.
Denis struggled a little but towards the second day, he made a complete transformation into a leader on defense and made plays all over the field and earned the camps most improved award.
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Denis has great size (6-3, 220), and with his secondary experience, he can cover, has great feet, and good hips to change direction. If he has a big senior year, he can sneak on a D-I roster in 2005.
There were several underclassmen at the camp that really opened up eyes and will be big names when next recruiting season rolls around. Jot the following players down because if they continue to improve and play the way they did at B2G then the following players are going to be major recruits.
This is second time that wide receiver Richard Sherman from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez has attended the Elite Camp. Richard attended B2G a year ago when he was getting reading for his sophomore year.
Sherman took what he learned from the camp and parlayed that into a starting position for a team that was undefeated for majority of the season.
This camp session. Sherman was a lot more comfortable with his surroundings and looked a lot more polished. He has the hands, the speed (member of Dominguez track team), the size (6-0 ½ 165), and the route running ability to be one of the top prospects in 2005.
Running back Andre Harris from Pacific Palisades, Calif., also returned to B2G after camping for the first time a year ago. As a sophomore, Harris was amongst a running back group that comprised of Terrell Jackson (Oregon), Byron Ellis (Colorado), Terrance King (Montana State), and Ryan Kelley (Montana State).
With a group of talented backs that year, Harris had no choice but to get better.
This year, not only did he look a lot more comfortable at the camp, he has put on close to 15 pounds since in a year’s time.
Harris now sits at a cool 215 pounds and stands about 6-foot-2. This kid might have the biggest year out of the underclassmen. He has the ability to cut on a dime, can catch and run great routes, great footwork, and is strong as a bull. He is a complete running back. Look for big things out of Harris this fall.
Defensive back/athlete CJ Gable from Sylmar, Calif., first caught our eye a year ago when Rivals.com was on the Sylmar campus taking pictures of Sylmar’s senior prospects. He looked like he was ready for college then.
Gable will be the top defensive back prospect on the west coast in 2005. He can play both safety and corner on the next level. He reminds many of Clarence (Dre) Simpson (Washington, B2G 2002 alum) in the way he covers at the corner spot and has a smooth transition to get in and out of his break.
Although Cortez Rice from Los Alamitos, Calif., walked away with the camp’s defensive MVP award, CJ was a close second. Rivals.com looks forward in watching Gable play this year. His size and speed alone (6-1 180, 4.5) should make him a hot item in the eyes of college scouts during next years recruiting class.
Our last underclassmen is QueSean Gregory from Venice, Calif., you are really going to have keep in your memory back.
“The Eighth Grader” was his nickname during the camp. This kid has the potential to be the next Steve Smith (USC). He has the composure of a young athlete that should be headed into his senior season, but he’s not, Gregory will only be a frosh. His size alone would make you think he was in high school (5-10, 160).
This young athlete has the speed to beat you deep, his routes are smooth, has good footwork and he does not back down from competition.
A very bright future is ahead of Gregory. He is headed to Venice high school, were he should shine as a freshman. Don’t be surprise if he catches 35-45 balls this year.