WSU in June will be football camp-crazy

THERE WAS A time before Mike Leach when the Cougs held one football summer youth camp. Not any longer. In the coming weeks, the Cougs will hold six camps all told. In addition to the three-day, full contact team camp, there's also a junior camp plus two mini-camps. And on the same days as the mini-camps, there's something new.

It's not only the regular position players who have a chance this June to catch the eye of Leach and Co. and potentially earn a WSU scholarship offer -- Washington State is in the unique position this recruiting class of potentially offering as many as two scholarships to specialists.

Indeed, for kickers and punters who want the chance to earn a scholie offer rather than walk on, a rare opportunity exists out on the Palouse in the coming weeks.

The Cougs will hold a pair of one-day, kicking showcase camps on June 15 and June 22.

In addition to the punters, kickers and long snappers who will be in attendance, two WSU mini-camps will take place on the same dates.

Those non-contact camps will include agility drills, football specific drills, 1 on 1's and 7 on 7. Campers will also have the opportunity to see the stadium and WSU facilities -- and get a sense of what the new football operations building will be like.

AT ALL the WSU camps, concentrated detail will be paid to both fundamentals and football skills. For the three-day team camp held on June 19-21 -- full pads, full contact -- there will also be extensive emphasis on team and group situations.

The campers will receive intensive, individual, specialized attention from the Washington State staff as well as several guest coaches from around the country.

Junior tape is a great evaluation tool, but there's nothing quite like when a coach is able to be right there out on the field with the prospect, coaching 'em up and seeing 'em live.

Last year, ATH/QB Isaac Dotson, OL Cole Madison and OL Cody O'Connell all attended a Washington State camp -- and earned WSU scholarship offers. They signed with the Cougs in February and are expected to arrive on the WSU campus later this month to begin their collegiate careers.

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.

Sandwiched in between is the Cougars' junior camp on June 17-18.

Wazzu's junior camp is for those entering grades 3-8 in the fall of 2013. This non-contact camp will feature individual attention from the WSU staff focusing on basic skills, encouraging teamwork and learning football specific drills. Campers will be divided by grade.

For complete details including registration on all the June camps under Leach, CLICK HERE .

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