Leach adds new twist to WSU summer youth camp

MIKE LEACH HAS added another piece to the summer youth camp program at Washington State. In June, in addition to their primary full-contact camp, the Cougars will also be holding a one day mini-camp.

The WSU mini-camp is slated for June 16 and is open for juniors and seniors-to-be.

The mini-camp is non contact and will also offer the chance to see the WSU facilities and new stadium build in addition to receiving instruction from the Cougar coaches.

On the field, the focus will be on agility drills and football specific drills, plus 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills and situations.

The Cougs main summer youth camp will be held over the course of four days, from June 20-23.

Unlike many of the elite skills camps offered by other schools, Washington State's four-day camp is full pads, full contact.

The WSU camps are the prime opportunity for players trying to earn an offer from Mike Leach -- being able to coach potential prospects and see them live is the most valuable evaluation tool in a coach's recruiting tool belt.

Spokane's Langston Ward out of Mead High is a prototypical example of an athletic, big-frame prospect who could potentially earn a Washington State offer with a sterling camp performance. Ward plans to attend one of WSU's camps.

The four day camp features extensive practice and game situations. Intensive detail will be paid to both fundamentals and group skills -- with special emphasis on team situations. The campers will receive individual and specialized attention from the Washington State staff as well as several guest coaches from around the country.

Over the last decade or so, Washington State's main summer camp has generally drawn between 450-650 participants. The economy and high gas prices have affected attendance the past few years -- last year's attendance was around 500.

Notable in-state players over the years who have attended WSU's camp and went on to suit up in crimson include Marcus Trufant, Erik Coleman, Brandon Gibson, Mkristo Bruce, Rien Long, Will Derting and Kenny Alfred. This year will mark the 35th summer youth camp at Washington State.

Sandwiched in between those two events is the Cougars' junior camp, held in Spokane at Shadle Park High from June 18-19.

The Cougs' junior camp is for those entering grades 3-8 in the fall of 2012. This non-contact camp will feature individual attention from the WSU staff focusing on basic skills, encouraging teamwork and football specific drills. Campers will be divided by grade. Lunch will be served in the Commons Area inside Shadle Park.

For complete details including registration on all the June camps under Leach, click here .

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