ISU Set to Kickoff Camp

Now that the May evaluation period has come and gone, the next big event on Iowa State's football recruiting calendar is next week's padded camp. Cyclone Nation will have coverage of the event and all of the breaking news that goes along with it for the third straight year. Here's a preview of what to expect.

Nearly 500 campers will invade Ames next week, for two sessions of Iowa State's annual padded football camp. The camp will begin this Saturday with a kicking camp and conclude with a 7-on-7 tournament Sunday, June 19.

Don Knock, director of football operations, said the number of participants has stayed consistent with past year's numbers.

"Nationwide teams are struggling a little bit because there are more camp offerings out there," Knock said. "We're going to have close to 500 in our two padded sessions; when you get close to 500 campers that's a pretty good number."

The camp, which was started when head coach Dan McCarney arrived in Ames, was the first padded camp in the state of Iowa – since other colleges have followed suite. This year there will be more one day prospects than in past years, Knock said this has become more of trend because of players attending various camps.

"We have kids that will come Sunday and leave Monday night or come in Monday and leave Monday night," he said.

These one day prospects account for only a small percentage of the campers.

"We may have 25 or 30 kids that come in for one day and most of them are highly recruited kids, because they want to go to Iowa State, Iowa and Nebraska." Knock said. "We all tend to hold camps at the same time."

The camp is divided into two sessions. The first which runs from Monday-Wednesday consists of fifth through 12th graders; while the second session is complied of ninth through 12th graders. The younger kids are in shorts and t-shirts, while the freshmen through seniors wear helmets and shoulder pads.

Knock said some high school teams are bringing anywhere from 10-30 athletes, including a high school in Colorado, which is bringing 24 players. The camp will draw in participants from all over the country, but Knock said the vast majority - 75-80 percent – are Iowa kids.

The camp presents a combination of things for its participants and Iowa State.

"It's an opportunity for those high school coaches to get their kids here and learn the fundamentals of football, work together, [compete in] 7-on-7 sessions or the skilled contests," Knock said. "[We] teach them fundamentals and give the kids an opportunity to experience football on a Division I campus; while we get the chance to evaluate players that could lead to a scholarship possibly
down the road or walking on to our program." 

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