49ers Flock to SJ for Camp Alex

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    Alex Smith organized a group of offensive players, and some defensive, for a mini camp in San Jose Monday.

    Monday Alex Smith became the official leader of the San Francisco 49ers.

    Never mind that the former No. 1 pick does not have a contract or the support of many fans or even a practice field he can play on.

    Monday, Smith organized 23 of his teammates to join him for a closed door session at Spartan Stadium on the campus of San Jose State University for a mini camp to go over the team's new offensive playbook.

    The gathering marks the largest organized team gathering since Jim Harbaugh became the team's head coach and since the NFL locked out its players.

    Joining Smith, were five defensive players and 18 offensive players, including the elusive Michael Crabtree, according to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.

    Crabtree has been widely criticized for fans for not working out with about a dozen 49ers who regularly work out in the South Bay.

    Monday, the presumptive No. 1 receiver told reporters that he has been working out in the Bay Area for three months and the reason he has not joined his teammates is because he sometimes just works out better on his own.