Alabama Camps Go Well

What sort of reception would a Sun Belt school get at camp five hours or more from campus in another state? When the other state is Howlabama, the answer is the turnout would be great.

In two camps in the state – first at Mobile Saraland and later at Hoover Spain Park – more than 200 campers took an opportunity to show off their skills for the coaches of camp host West Alabama and the Red Wolves.

In the morning camp 127 kids turned out in Mobile and another 118 attended the camp at Hoover.

"Great camps," said coach Blake Anderson. "We handed out some offers and we got to get a closer evaluation of some of the kids who already had offers."

The A-State coaches were back in Jonesboro around 2 Wednesday morning and hosted another on-campus camp on that evening.

"This is something we feel like we need to do,'' said Anderson.

"We want to see players. We are not trying to make a lot of money. We want to find players and get a chance to evaluate them."

The trip to Alabama resulted in six new offers.

"We were well received there,'' he said. "We had a bigger turnout than we expected and we saw a lot of good players who we have offered and some we will do follow up on."

Back on the bus brings them to Little Rock today then back to Jonesboro on Friday and to Springdale on Sunday.

The first Jonesboro camp and the camp in Canton, Miss., drew around 35 participants each.

A trip to Texarkana and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is next week.

"Next year we might try something else. But right now this is the thing that we feel we need to do. We understand that it costs a lot of money to come to Jonesboro and this gives us a chance to evaluate the kids and gauge their interest."