Lexington, Ohio, was the home of the top youth football camp in America this past Saturday. The youngsters were taught how to play the game by some of the best players in America. There were 10 Division I football players on hand, representing three bowl teams. Bill Greene was on hand to cover the event.
How does a youth football camp in Lexington, Ohio, attract some of the top players in college football? Lexington head football coach B. J. Payne wonders the same thing himself and he's the man responsible for all the talent that was instructing over 200 future football players this past Saturday. Players appearing were James Laurinaitis
, Brian Hartline
, Donald Washington
, Jamario O'Neal
, Dexter Larimore
and Marcus Freeman
from Ohio State
; Brian Gamble
, Daryle Ballew
and Mark Jackson
; and Kentucky's Mike Hartline
"We're just so thankful that these guys come back every year to this camp," Payne said. "These guys are so great with both the kids and the older fans. They are here for two days instructing the little kids and we finish it off with an autograph session. These guys pose for pictures and do a great job out on the field. I can't begin to say how thankful I am for their participation. They make this a great event for Lexington football. We clear everything through through the NCAA and each school that is sending players."
The following are photos from the event.
James Laurinaitis, Mike Hartline, Dexter Larimore and Marcus Freeman (left to right) were on hand.
James Laurinaitis tosses a ball.
Brian and Mike Hartline.
Jamario O'Neal tutors the kids.