Whoever said that Nike's The Opening is the only game in town was wrong. Another high-profile event is taking place this weekend on the West Coast, in fact, the B2G Elite Camp on the campus of UCLA.
Adoree' Jackson from Gardena (Calif.) Serra is one of many confirmed high-profile prospects expected to be at this weekend's B2G Elite Camp at UCLA.
Several of the nation's premier players are expected to be in attendance. Many of them, mind you, are targets of multiple Pac-12 programs. That said, the conference's coaches will be playing close attention.
Perhaps the most well-known name making a confirmed appearance will be Adoree' Jackson. The 5-foot-11 and 185-pound senior from Gardena (Calif.) Serra is the country's No. 2 cornerback in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and No. 9 overall. USC and Florida are in the running for a commitment from him.
The Bruins figure to keep tabs on John Smith while he's on their home turf. Naturally, they'd like nothing more than to land the senior dubbed JuJu from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. The 6-1 and 200-pound athlete is the nation's No. 2 player at his particular spot on the field in the 247Sports Rankings and No. 23 overall.
A player not necessarily considered to be bound for the Pac-12 Conference, but will still be on hand is Malachi Dupre. The 6-2 and 187-pound senior from New Orleans (La.) John Curtis is the nation's No. 2 wide receiver in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. LSU appears to be his leader at this stage of the game.
The list goes on. And on. Class of 2014 prospects Tyler Luatua from La Mirada (Calif.) and Damien Mama from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco are expected at the B2G Elite Camp. Same thing can be said for juniors Josh Rosen of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and Iman Marshall of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.
Out-of-staters such as Alabama commit Bo Scarbrough from Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) Northport and Stanford commit Christian McCaffrey from Littleton (CO) Valor Christian also plan to make a trip the Golden State for one of this weekend's must-see gatherings. Not in Beaverton, Ore. This one is in Westwood.
RICH COULD GET RICHARD
Some program within the Pac-12 Conference is going to gain added momentum on the whole recruiting scene once Demario Richard makes up his mind about his destination for college ball. The 5-8 and 200-pound senior from Palmdale (Calif.), after all, appears more than capable of making an immediate impact.
No. 28 in the nation at running back according to the 247Composite, Richard recently took trips to Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA and Washington. Of those teams, the Sun Devils seem to be the frontrunner and could be on the verge of having him visit in Tempe once again, perhaps as soon as July 21.
The scholarship count for Richard is approaching 20 and seemingly everyone from the Pac-12 has offered him, with the exception of USC. Beyond the conference's borders, Nebraska, Tennessee and West Virginia are other potential suitors. Chances are, Richard stays close to home though. Only question is where?
BROWN EXPLORES HIS OPTIONS
Arizona was considered as a potential home for local product and top target Jalen Brown. Things have changed. Significantly, that is. The senior from Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe is wide-open in terms of the schools he has in mind and the Wildcats might have to start making some moves to lure him to Tucson.
Arizona assistant coach and primary recruiter Tony Dews has done his perceived best to keep in constant contact with Brown. Problem is, colleges from all over the country are doing the same thing. Rightfully so given the fact he's the nation's No. 15 wide receiver in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, No. 100 overall.
Brown took unofficial trips to Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin earlier this month. Ole Miss and Vanderbilt pose as threats. Making matters worse, Oregon stepped up its efforts to secure a pledge. Bottom line: The Wildcats are in a hole and need to start digging themselves out or risk losing Brown.
PAC-12 CONFERENCE NOTES
In somewhat of a surprise move, USC put a scholarship on the table for the often times underrated Jordan Austin on Wednesday afternoon. Hours later, presumably under the impression that the offer was too good to pass up, the senior from Claremont (Calif.) committed to the Trojans. The 6-6 and and 280-pounder is the country's No. 91 offensive tackle in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Washington State picked up a pledge from Kevin Griffin of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle on Tuesday and signs point to the commitment being in the works for quite some time. The 6-1 and 180-pound senior cornerback, who is ranked No. 40 in the nation at his spot on the field according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, received an offer from the Cougars on May 13 and visited June 5.
Little known fact right here: Griffin is brothers with Derik Calhoun from El Cerrito (Calif.). For those thinking that the siblings might reunite at the next level, think again. The 6-foot and 210-pound senior will announce in a couple days and Cal, UCLA, USC are in the midst of a battle for a commitment from the country's No. 10 outside linebacker in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Oregon is the odds-on favorite to lock up Arrion Springs and the senior from San Antonio (Tex.) Roosevelt is going to make his intentions known at some point soon. In 24-to-48 hours, in all likelihood. Texas is in the mix as well. Miami is a possibility, although the Hurricanes seem to trail their counterparts. The 5-11 and 195-pound is the nation's No. 8 cornerback in the 247Sports Rankings.
Jaleel Wadood and Naijiel Hale seniors from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, plan to give pledges within by this time next week. One-time Arizona State commit Wadood had a change of heart on Tuesday and the 5-11 and 170-pound safety is leaning toward Cal, UCLA and USC. Hale is down to Cal and Arizona with the Wildcats being the frontrunner for the 5-10 and 175-pound cornerback.