Nebraska camps underway

The Nebraska camp circuit gives the coaching staff a chance to not only look at possible senior prospects, but younger kids from area.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Today marks the start of Nebraska's camp circuit, with their kicking and quarterback academy starting this morning.

Next week, the coaching staff will host two different high school sessions throughout the week for all other positions.

College football camps are different than what they used to be. While universities might get the same amount of attendees at camps, it's usually dominated in numbers by underclassmen. The days of 40 to 50 borderline prospects showing up and trying to earn an offer are gone, but it still happens, just in smaller numbers.

Next week, Nebraska will get a chance to lay eyes on two local senior prospects who could be on the cusp of offers in Millard West defensive lineman Harrison Phillips and Gretna defensive end Mick Stoltenberg. It's likely a few other borderline kids will show up as well.

But the camp will likely give the coaching staff a greater chance to evaluate other younger local prospects – an example being Omaha North running back Calvin Strong, who will just be a junior this fall.

"Putting a number on the number of senior prospects that could probably play for us is difficult each year, but it's definitely part of the reason why you have the camps," said Nebraska recruiting coordinator Ross Els. "It's not for just guys who will be seniors, but younger players. Guys that are maybe going to be juniors or ninth graders – we can get a look at some of the best athletes in the area."

While usually a solid D-1 prospect stands out in a camp setting, Nebraska runs the players through drills just like everyone else.

"Every year there is a handful, whether it's one, two, three, four, or five, every year there is a few guys who are getting watched to see if they are guys we want to send an offer to. It gives us a chance to work with them 1-on-1, and gives them a chance to work with us," said Els. "We may match them up with as good of competition as we can find, certainly there are more eyes around them. But most of the drills we do and testing, everyone goes through it."

Big Red Report will be present at high school session one on Tuesday and high school session 2 on Thursday.

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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