Nike Camp Comes To Oregon

The 51st consecutive Nike Football Camp comes to the University of Oregon Saturday June 8 capping five years of Nike sponsored camps and a final opportunity this year for high school kids to come and receive instruction and possible college recruiting notoriety.

Over 4,500 prep football players have been invited to the free camps around the country this year with 2,950 kids attending camps thus far in Chapel Hill, N.C., Miami Fla., Los Angeles, Calif., Lansing, Mich., University Park, Pa., Tuscaloosa, Ala., Athens, Ga., College Station, Texas, Boulder, Colo., and Palo Alto, Calif. The Eugene, Ore. camp, the only camp held in the Pacific Northwest, has received confirmations from 256 players from over eight states.

The camps are managed by Student Sports magazine and a host of local and traveling high school football coaches willing to contribute their time to help high school football players develop their speed, agility and quickness. In years past, current and former NFL players have also been on hand to counsel the would-be college and Pro prospects. In addition, prolific personal trainers and speed merchants such as Matt James and Tom Shaw are available to provide advice and perspective.

"The Nike Football Camps are really speed enhancement camps," says Brentt Eads, Student Sports senior vice president. "Although we do offer testing in order to give the kids a benchmark for improvement, it's inaccurate to call the camps a combine. The enhancement to recruiting exposure that the numbers contribute are really secondary to the primary goals of the camps - to help the kids get faster and more explosive on the field."

The performances marked at the camps in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, shuttle, bench press, height and weight measurements can help kids receive college-recruiting exposure not only by Student Sports but other media. Eads estimates that over the last 2-3 years 30 percent of all eligible kids receiving Division 1 College scholarships went to a Nike camp.

The camp is free to all kids who sign up in advance through Student Sports. Starting time is 11:00 a.m. The camp will be held around the University of Oregon athletic complex in and around the Moshofsky Center and outdoor practice fields. The University of Oregon will host its football camp Sunday, June 9, the day proceeding the Nike Camp.

Kids to watch among many others:

Tahj Bomar, LB, 6-2, 215, Kentwood, Wash.
Michael Cole, DL, 6-7, 230, Lakeridge High, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Andy Darkins, LB, 6-2, 225, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Johnny DuRocher, QB, 6-4, 205, Bethel High, Spanaway, Wash. (reportedly already given a verbal commitment to Oregon and has already attended the Palo Alto Nike Camp, but is signed up to attend the Nike Camp in Eugene as well.)
Ryan Gunderson, QB, 6-4, 215 Central Catholic High, Portland, Ore.
Gary Lovely, LB, 6-1, 175, Gunderson High, San Jose, Calif.
T.C. Ostrander, QB, 6-2, 185, Menlo High, Atherton, Calif.
Stephone Robinson, WR, 5-10, 175 Mullen High, Denver, Colo.
Jordan Senn, DB, 5-11, 175, Beaverton, Ore.
Colin Wiest, DB, 6-0, 190, Sheldon High, Eugene, Ore.

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