"The Pittsburgh camp, it was an experience," Ali said. "It taught me a lot of things. It helped me with my press and my footwork. It was my first time at a camp, so I was ready to expect anything. It was fun. I'll go back next year, I liked it that much."
Ali learned a lot about footwork and working on press coverage, as he said. He was impressed with the Pitt coaching staff, and the way they showed him these techniques.
"The coaches helped out a lot," Ali said. "They didn't just sit there and let you mess up. They let you know what you needed to do. I do some of those drills in Florida now. Some of the drills were fun. They even helped me when I messed up. It helped a lot, and will help me have a good season down in Florida. We should be good this year."
Ali said the Pitt coaches were mainly interested in teammate Derik Abbott, his quarterback, but said he hopes to attract the same kind of interest when he comes back next summer.
"I didn't get that much interest yet, they were talking to Derik, but I'm only a junior," Ali said. "Hopefully when I go next year, I'll show them a little bit more."
Pitt was the first stop on a big tour that his team took through Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio for several prospect camps.
"It was an experience. Pittsburgh, it's nice up there. Everyone was great. I would go up there and play football."
It's just the beginning of a busy summer for Ali and his teammates. When they returned to Florida, they took part in a big 7-on-7 camp at UCF. They also have another big one coming up. Freedom gets ready for its season by holding conditioning Monday through Friday.
"We practice all summer long, there's no break," Ali said. "I like spending my summer that way. I wouldn't want it any other way."