The Beyond 2000 Elite Camp has been an excellent showcase for talented players who are outstanding football players but for one thing or another are under publicized. They go to the camp, standout and then get noticed. In our final installment of Rivals.com coverage of the Beyond 2000 Camp we will profile the sleepers from the camp. The following four ball players are definitely ones to watch this fall.
The players are in alphabetical order.
James Cannon (6-0, 185, 4.55) from Richmond (Calif.) El Cerritos is a sleeper that brings a lot of versatility to the table. When you have the talent to play all four defensive back positions and play them well, it can only help your recruitment.
“James has the ability to both corner and safety,” Beyond 2000 Elite co-founder and Vice-president Henry Bell said. “He can run and has a great knack for get his hands on the ball.”
Cannon was so impressive at the camp that he was in contention for the Defensive MVP award. Cannon came up just short from walking away with the award to Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft’s David Addario. This kid has good hips, and James can run,” Bell said. “Another thing we liked about James is that he's very confident in his ability.”
Daray Davis (5-11, 185, 4.55) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino Real improved immensely from day one at the camp. He improved so much that he was named the Beyond 2000 Elite Camp Most Improved Player.
“Daray is a good athlete who can also play WR and DB,” Ron Allen President and co-founder of Beyond 2000 Elite said. “He came in a bit raw at QB but made the biggest strides out of any other player at the camp.”
Davis doesn’t have the height or the arm strength that the D-I schools like but he could get picked up as an athlete similar to Michael Beach who signed with Arizona out of Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont last February.
“Daray is definitely going to impress some people this season with his three biggest attributes,” Allen said. “They are accuracy, football smarts, and his will to win.”
Alex Morfin (6-1, 180, 4.5) from Oxnard (Calif.) Hueneme brings to mind another Beyond 2000 Elite Camp alum who came to the camp without a lot of fanfare but left the camp making everyone a believer in his skills.
The player that Morfin reminded Rivals of is Clarence Simpson of Sylmar, Calif. Simpson came to the camp as an athlete and he was quickly changed to cornerback and quickly rose to the head of the class on the west and now he is Washington Husky bound.
Morfin reminded Rivals of Simpson just with a little less polish. “Alex came to the camp very raw, but his size, speed and overall athletic ability make you have to notice him,” Bell said. “By the time he left the camp, he looked like he was ready and more comfortable at the cornerback position. He still made little errors, but overall he showed me that he is capable of having a super senior season.”
Last but not least of our sleepers is safety prospect J.T. Rogan (6-0, 185, 4.65) from San Diego (Calif.) Coronado. “This kid is funny,” Bell said. “When J.T. checked into camp, this kid looked like he truly didn't belong. He had a kind of nerdy hair style. Everybody called him "Doogie" from Doogie Hauser MD.”
“So, by this time I'm even questioning why this kid is here,” Bell said. “Our staff watched about ten highlight tapes after the first day of practice. Out of the ten, we saw JT had, hands down the best highlight tape amongst the group.”
“So now I'm watching this kid the rest of the camp with great interest,” Bell said. “J.T. may not be the best athlete out there, but he was one of the best football players at the camp. He made play after play in both one on one drills and 7 on 7. J.T. is very smart on the field.”