Miramar Takes Home AU Passing Camp Title

For the second week in a row, a South Florida high school at Auburn's seven-on-seven passing camp took top honors as Miramar followed Glades Central to win the overall title and keep both in the Sunshine State for another year.

Auburn, Ala.--While Miramar isn't loaded with division one talent like the Raiders, Coach Rodney K. Gray said that his team just wanted to prove they could get the job done and they did just that.

"The biggest thing for us is coming from South Florida with Glades Central having won it last year and again last week, we wanted to come up here and represent South Florida well," Gray said. "Our kids wanted to compete with some of the best kids in the country and show them what South Florida football is all about.

"This is big and a great opportunity," he added. "Especially because it's so early and we're just getting out of school. We can keep that same continuity we had in the spring and build on that for the fall."

Coach Tommy Tuberville watches the action from his new golf cart driven by son Troy. Coaches Don Dunn, Hugh Nall and Will Muschamp also check out the new ride while keeping an eye on the action.

Like many schools in South Florida, Miramar takes in as many camps as possible while traveling North to Alabama and Georgia. Following a long bus ride the coaches like to stay in the area and visit as many schools as possible before returning home. Coach Gray says that it makes for a long two months for the coaches and players involved.

"We'll be here for the senior camp and leave Sunday going to Alabama," Gray said. "Then we'll be at the University of Florida on Monday. We've been camping since last week. It will be about 12 days and then we'll go back home. We're supposed to leave next Friday to go to Georgia and then Clemson. We'll be gone about 12 days in June and another 12 in July."

Because Miramar is a large school and surrounding by large communities, many times the players don't have a chance to bond except during football season. Coach Gray says that makes the summer trips even more important for his team because of the relationships they build along the way.

"It's the greatest because we spend 12 hours on a bus," Gray said. "We get to learn all about each other. You're traveling around and going against top competition. It makes our unit so much stronger. By being out of familiar surroundings and comfort zones, it's just us. We survive and bond as a nice unit."

Featuring a solid offense and defense, Miramar won the title in a defensive struggle over Colquitt Co. (Ga.) 13-7. The victory avenged an earlier loss in the tournament and gave Miramar their first passing camp title of the year.

While last weekend's camp was filled with several standout performers, this time around the college prospects weren't as plentiful. Perhaps the top player in attendance was massive linebacker Allen Bailey from McIntosh (Ga.). A huge linebacker, Bailey could wind up on the strong side or even defensive end in college. Big tight end Brandon Lampkin was also there from Tucker (Ga.).

Bailey is an imposing figure on the field and should be one of the nation's top prospects.

Saturday begins the first huge camp of the summer for Auburn as nearly 500 players are expected on campus for the first Senior Camp. As many as 40 players could be players to watch over the next two days with players like Ryan Pugh from Spain Park and Marquez Strickland among the many that are expected to be on the Plains.

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