You can tell
the reach of the
It's not an event, of course, it's a school, where those kids and some 297 others came to the home of the big red to pick up a few lessons pertaining to their position, and for some, maybe they could show the Husker staff enough, that they would get an official scholarship to join the Huskers.
What it is more than anything, though, is a place, where kids go to learn the game, get a brief glimpse of what it's like to be a student-athlete at the collegiate level, and maybe take something back with them, which will benefit them on and off the field. "I tell these kids all the time, if they are wanting to go to one of those camps, where you eat, cookout and just hang out, this isn't it," Camp organizer and Associate Athletic Director Tim Cassidy said. "You've got big-time coaches here, teaching these kids just like they were on the team."
"When the coaches cross that line onto the field, they don't coach you any different than they would if you were Barrett Ruud, going into your senior year."
There are plenty hoping for that.
One of those, who out of this session, stands as one of the better chances, was West Holt high school's Zane Abner. A multi-faceted athlete, you could list Abner at almost any skill position on either side of the ball. At 6 foot, 4 inches and approximately 190 pounds, Abner has good size now, but has one of those frames, which could be suited to play a variety of positions in the future.
Point of fact, Abner worked out for the coaches individually following the camp at wideout, but said that tomorrow he would be working out for them at the safety position.
For West Holt, Zane was prolific to say the least, notching 50 tackles, along with nine interceptions, two of which he took back for touchdowns. On offense, while Abner couldn't recall specific stats for the season, he said that he caught two balls for scores, which were over 85 yards each.
Abner had impressive feet in the agility drills, showed very good hands in the various catching drills he was asked to execute and he showed relatively good speed.
Zane said that the attention he's
gotten thus far has been mostly from
Another player exhibiting his ability was Omaha Central junior Taylor Cook. To watch him play, Cook has extremely good quickness, very good change of direction and exhibited some pretty nice hands. The only major downside is his height, Cook not quite reaching 5 foot, 10 inches tall.
At corner that's not an issue,
but Cook would be looked at more than likely to play either safety or corner,
and in coverage, he was a bit slow in adjusting in coverage. Much of this might
have to do with the simple fact that
Cook said that last year he
caught between seven and 12 balls for Central, for approximately 300 yards. He's
currently getting the most attention from
Baker Steinkuhler made his appearance in this year's camp, easily one of the most impressive physical specimens for the entire session. Standing all of his reported 6 foot, 5 inches tall, weighing approximately 265 pounds, the younger brother of current Husker Ty Steinkuhler should already be one of if not the top prospect in the state for 2008.
One particular player, who there
was a bit of curiosity about when it was known he was going to attend the camp,
Just to evaluate his frame, Pritchard has an ideal one. He's big, standing 6 foot, 5 inches, maybe closer to 6 foot, 6, sporting some big hands, broad body and a very long reach. Unfortunately for Pritchard, he came in a little too big, carrying probably 20 pounds too much weight, which slowed him significantly.
I really like this kid's upside, when it comes to his physique, but it's hard to gauge him at this point, when he's simply not physically capable of performing at a level he needs to, to get a serious look from the big red. Pritchard currently has no offers.
For day two, there are bound to be a few more players arrive at the camp, similar to what players like Derrick Russell and Tyler Bullocks did last year, basically coming in to test and participate in what is essentially a one-day affair. One of those names expected to show up is the youngest of the Makovickas, Jordan coming in for day two.
Tomorrow is when the players will
get a real chance to stretch their legs, strut their stuff and even show what
they can do in the one-on-one drills, which are always the highlight of camps.
We'll keep you posted on those, who looked good, who might have improved their
stock and anything else we can think of, to keep you up-to-date with the 2006
version of the