Hundreds of recruiting prospects will make the trek to Happy Valley on Saturday for the Nike Camp held on Penn State's campus. Among the slew of players in attendance will be some of the top names for the Class of 2007. Find out about how the camp is run and who is expected to make the trip to PSU this weekend.
Many fans ask what exactly happens at a Nike Camp. Well, after a prospect registers their measurements are taken (height and weight). The camp is then broken down into for segments.
Section One: Prospects have the option of participating in testing drills. If they choose to do this they first participate in a warm-up session. Then they test in the following:
20-yard shuttle run
185 pound bench press
Section 2: Then the participant can participate in SPARQ (Speed. Power. Agility. Reaction. Quickness.) Training drills. The SPARQ Rating is designed to measure sport-specific athleticism. SPARQ includes cone, ladder and agility drills.
Section 3: Next the prospect can participate in position specific drills. Each position (QBs, RBs, WR/TEs, OLs & DLs, LBs and DBs) work individually on skills specific to their position.
Section 4: Finally, the camp concludes with one-on-one passing and non-contact line drills that matchup players.
Given the sheer amount of football players who attend to Penn State Nike Camp it can be incredibly challenging to get a list that is even remotely comprehensive. However, below is a listing by position of some of the prospects expected to particiate in the camp. Keep in mind this list is in no way comprehensive.