"We're very excited about how we've been progressing," said head instructor Travis Cole. "There is a lot of talent and a lot of potential here in Utah and it's our hope to help develop that talent with a program that teaches techniques that have helped some of the top athletes develop into great players through the years. It's a program that we believe in, as its participants have gone on to see great success at the college and even the pro level in some instances."
Cole himself was brought up with the same techniques being taught, which benefited him greatly at the college and professional level. It's his hope to bring in the best prep and pre-prep talent to not only benefit from the instruction, but to compete with one another on a weekly basis.
"That was one of the best things for me growing up, competing and playing with some of the best talent in-state that weren't your teammates," said Cole. "It's great to get out there and have that opportunity. It helps everyone to do so, and it's a lot of fun as much as anything."
Two of the early participants agree with Cole's assessment.
"I love it and I definitely plan on attending it every week," said Lone Peak's Dax Eisinger. "I'm mainly a defensive player but I play tight end as well, and going through the drills and learning how to run better routes, it's definitely going to help me this year."
Eisinger is a 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound prospect that started at outside linebacker for Lone Peak last season and also logged three starts at tight end. He's been an attendee of both Utah's and BYU's Junior Days and looks to be one of the top in-state linebacker prospects for 2011.
During workouts Eisinger has looked very agile, quick and athletic for a player of his stature.
"I just love football and being out there to help myself get better, that's why I've been coming to this camp," he said. "It's great to see the competition get better from last week and hopefully it continues with every week that I come out, as that will make it even more competitive, which is what you want."
Lone Peak has been well represented at the academy, as Eisinger was accompanied by at least five of his teammates. That included both of the players that will vie for the starting quarterback spot, as well as the promising sophomore Micah Hannemann, who is the younger brother of recent Cougar signee Jacob Hannemann.
"Micah's older brother will be coming to this thing too, but he's in Vegas right now for the 7-on-7 tournament," mentioned Eisinger. "It would be great to get as many of our players here, as I think it will help us prep for next season."
Another top school that has been well represented has been Davis High School, which reached the state finals a year ago. Headed by quarterback prospect Gavin Fowler, there were at least three Davis Darts in attendance during Saturday's session including top receiver prospect Daniel Moffett.
"I want to work on my game as best I can and I want to get noticed," said Moffett on Saturday. "It was my first time there today and it was a lot of fun. It was great focusing on my lower body and how to keep low and focus on my lower-body movement to increase my agility and movement. The lady [Lisa Mathews] that taught that technique was really good and it was probably the best thing I worked on today."
Moffett is a 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound wide receiver prospect that showed some very promising play against Bingham in the state finals, hauling in five passes for 110 yards.
"I haven't received any recruiting attention so far, but hopefully that will change," he said. "I plan on attending a bunch of camps to get my name out there, so hopefully something happens."
The primary goal for the Playmaker Football Academy is to make its proven instruction available to as many people as possible.
"We've had a great start here in Provo and it's been exciting to see it grow with every week," said Cole. "But we don't just want to be here in Provo, we hope to expand to the point where we have camps at the University of Utah, up in Logan, maybe down in Saint George and possibly into Las Vegas. It's a concept that we believe in very strongly as something that will greatly benefit the play of those who participate in our academy, making them better prospects for the college and pro level."