For six hours under a blazing June sun, the prep players learned, practiced, drilled, and had their sizes and speed measured. For the players, mostly seniors with a few juniors and sophomores sprinkled in, it was a chance to improve their skills, as well as audition for a possible scholarship opportunity somewhere down the road.
"The one thing I hope you learned today is that you can get better as a football player," Head Coach Bobby Johnson told the sweat-soaked players as the camp came to an end. "You can increase your skill level."
For Johnson and his staff, it was a chance to get a first-hand look at several top prospects whom the coaching staff had previously seen only on film. Prospect camps are an important vehicle for recruiting, and the attendees included a number of high school prospects with multiple scholarship offers from Southeastern Conference schools.
Initially, camp attendees placed in groups by position and offered individual instruction. Later, the campers rotated through stations where they were measured in the 40-yard dash, the shuttle run, and the standing broad jump. The afternoon brought more instruction, and the chance to compete against other campers in individual drills for skill-position players.
"This was one of the best camps my son has been to," said the father of one attendee. "They give each kid very good hands-on attention, and actually give them some things to learn. Some of the other camps I've been to are nothing more than big combines."
Campers came from as far away as Texas, the Midwest and Eastern seaboard to be part of the camp.
"I really liked the camp," said one camper, who had come all the way from northern Indiana to take part. "They started out doing a lot of testing, to see what people can do speed-wise. They ended the day actually doing some performance drills. We did the one-on-one offense vs. defense. I always like that, because that's where I show that I'm a football player."
Head coach Bobby Johnson (right) personally helps time campers in the 40-yard dash.
Campers receive hands-on instruction from the Commodore coaching staff.
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