B2G Elite Camp Evaluations

Sotonye Jamabo

We break down the best prospects at the B2G Elite Camp in Thousand Oaks, with three standing out: Sotonye Jamabo, Josh Wariboko and 2016 receiver Trevon Sidney...

The B2G Elite Camp annually provides one of the best opportunities to see and evaluate prospects. The talent is a little down this year from previous years, but still it's a great event.

Here's a rundown on the campers from watching them Sunday and Monday:

Trevon Sidney
-- Trevon Sidney, the 2016 athlete from La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat, is probably among the two best prospects at the event. He's a different level than the rest of the receivers, with great quickness, a phenomenal ability to cut, excellent hands and leaping ability. He looked to be about 5-11 and 170. He was wearing UCLA receiver gloves Sunday.

-- Josh Wariboko, OL, 6-3, 310, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Casady School, was the other best prospect. He could tighten up the body a bit, and he's slightly top-heavy, but he makes up for it with great flexibility and bend. He has great feet, which enables him to stay balanced and then get violent, with a strong punch. Wariboko came out to the field in a UCLA hat.

-- Sotonye Jamabo, RB, 6-3, 195, Plano (Tex.) Plano West. In pass-catching one-on-ones against linebackers, Jamabo showed he was near-impossible to defend (and he told the linebackers so a few times). He's a fluid athlete for a guy his size, and he has quickness out of a cut that is very deceptive. He clearly could play receiver, or probably any number of positions. He was right there with Sidney and Wariboko as the best prospects at the camp.

-- Bolu Olorunfunmi, RB, 5-11, 210, Fresno (Calif.) North. The UCLA-committed running back looked, perhaps, the most nimble we've seen him in drills this spring, while even looking a little thicker. In receiving drills he showed he's not a natural pass-catcher out of the backfield, with poor hands, which is a concern for a running back in the UCLA offense. After watching him over the spring/summer a number of times, he appears to be getting more polished in his technique and footwork running the ball.

Dechaun Holiday, DB, San Marcos Mission Hills. Holiday is the other big headliner here, but he didn't do much on Sunday. In the morning session he didn't take many reps and he sat out the afternoon session. When he did take a rep in one-on-ones, he looked okay, but more like a safety prospect than a corner. Holiday is a big kid, at probably 6-2 and 190, and that body will probably only get bigger. He has good cover skills – for a safety – but we know he wants to be recruited as a cornerback.

-- Arthur McGinnis, LB, New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton. McGinnis looks to be about what he's listed – 6-2 and about 225. He's built out pretty much already and is a little stiff in his torso. We're hearing a visit to UCLA after the camp is unlikely.

Traveon Samuel, 5-8, 180, Phoenix City (Ala.) Central. Samuel, who has a list of Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida State, is very small but very quick. He worked with the receivers, and could get open easily with that quickness and speed, but the size is a concern. UCLA hasn't recruited him to this point, and it will be interesting to see if they start. We don't know if Samuel has any interest in UCLA.

Josh Woods
-- Josh Woods, LB, 6-1, 210, Upland (Calif.) Woods missed his junior season due to transfer ineligibility but has gained a good amount of recruiting attention this spring in camps and 7-on-7s. He has a good body, one that you could easily project to add some weight, and very good mobility and quickness to go along with good instincts. He was probably the best linebacker prospect at B2G. He said previously he intended to camp at UCLA.

-- Frank Buncom, DB, San Diego St. Augustine. While UCLA hasn't recruited him aggressively lately, Buncom might be worthy of it. He looked fast out of his break, and could switch direction well. He wasn't cheating the drills like many of the other campers, and he wasn't gassed, like a great deal of the other campers. And we know he's a smart kid, apparently being a strong lean to Stanford, but originally UCLA was at the top of his list.

-- Joseph Wicker, DL, 6-3, 260, Long Beach Poly. There wasn't much DL talent at the camp, and Wicker was the best. He could project as a strongside defensive end, but the body could continue to get bigger and he could easily move further inside to the nose. The burst and physicality he showed here was enough for him to win most reps.

-- Jaylinn Hawkins, WR, 6-0, Buena Park. UCLA hasn't shown much interest in Hawkins, but he has consistently turned in very good performances this spring and summer, and was easily one of the three or so best WRs at B2G. He's not lightning fast, but still has good speed, and has exceptional quickness, runs very good routes with good hands. He was the most-polished receiver among a decent group.

-- Zach Robertson, OL, 6-3, 300, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Robertson did okay at B2G. He lacks foot quickness, which tends to get him lunging after pass rushers. He did a bit of lunging here, but held his position better, perhaps because his competition wasn't the highest caliber. But it might have been the best we've seen Robertson in the last few months.

-- Lokeni Toailoa, 2016 LB, 6-1, 210, Rialto (Calif.) Carter. Toailoa was decent over the last two days. His body is a bit limited, already somewhat built-out on a smaller frame, and he has just okay athleticism.

-- Clayton Johnston, OL, 6-6, 285, Anaheim Servite. He was a bit nicked up and didn't participate much, but Sunday morning, he looked, again, like a good prospect in the reps we saw. He has good feet and very long arms, and that combines to be able to keep pass rushers at bay.

-- Trent Irwin, WR, 6-1, 190, Newhall Hart. Irwin is a good prospect, with good size and deceiving speed and quickness, and the ability to cleverly get open. UCLA isn't recruiting him, and probably have guys on their WR list that have more upside, but Irwin is probably going to be one of those guys that goes to a Pac-12 school and creates problems for the rest of the conference.

Deshawn Fortune, DL, 6-2, 255, Etiwanda (Calif.). A prospect with some upside, Fortune has a big enough body and frame that you can project him as a defensive tackle. He showed good get-off and an edge in the one-on-ones. We've heard UCLA has shown some interest, and Fortune is coming to the UCLA Camp on Sunday.

-- Jeremy Calhoun, RB, 5-11, 180, Long Beach Poly. Another guy UCLA isn't recruiting, and they probably shouldn't be, with how their running back recruiting board looks. But Calhoun is a solid prospect, with a good body that will be able to easily hold 20 more pounds and good feet and quickness.

John Houston
-- Khaylan Thomas, LB, 6-1, 210, Etiwanda. Thomas doesn't have a good body, one that you could see going a bit too thick in the coming years, but he has decent athleticism and instincts, which puts him in the right place at the right time. UCLA hasn't been recruiting him much recently.

-- Dempsey Robinson, DL, 6-2, 250, Oak Hill (Calif.). Robinson looks like he has the beginnings of the body of a defensive tackle, but the frame might not be wide enough to hold enough weight. He has good strength and a decent first step.

-- Bryce Youngquist, 2016, 6-2, 210, Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos. A good-looking 2016 linebacker prospect, with a good body and good mobility.

Players that haven't participated:

-- John Houston, LB, Gardena Serra (but seen in a UCLA visor)
-- Iman Marshall, DB, Long Beach Poly
-- Brandon Burton, 2016 WR, Gardena Serra (limited participation Sunday night)

-- UCLA wide receiver Eldridge Massington and UCLA defensive back Tahaan Goodman were camp instructors, and occasionally ran through drills, and both looked very good.

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