WSU sending 6 coaches to Seattle elite camp

IN SEVEN SHORT years, the Northwest Elite Football Camp, founded by Jason Gesser and then taken over by Cole Morgan, has grown from 80 campers to an expected 850-plus for the gathering that will take place June 6 in Tukwila. It is one of the largest one-day camps in the West and has become a must-attend stop for most Pac-12 coaching staffs. WSU will have six assistants on hand next month.

Even Oregon, which for years has eschewed sending its coaches to any camps outside of Eugene, tentatively is expected to have coaches there, Morgan tells Cougfan.com.

In all, close to 30 colleges, ranging from WSU to Cornell to UCLA, will have staffers at the event serving as position coaches. Morgan is also hoping to get Gesser and fellow Washington State quarterbacking legend Jack Thompson out there with whistles.

"We're attracting kids from throughout the Pacific Northwest, but also a large number from California and beyond," says Morgan, who played at WSU for three years and later quarterbacked Central Washington to the 2009 Division II national semifinals.

"Prospects receive direct instruction from college coaches from throughout the country," he says. "They're getting both expert skills development and great exposure. And we cover every position on the field."

He notes that the camp is not a combine with 40 times and/or a focus on measureables. It's all about skill development.

Two campers from the 2012 event are now highly touted WSU Cougars: safety Isaac Dotson and lineman Cody O'Connell. And the 2010 camp's defensive line MVP was Joe Dahl, who now is a starting offensive lineman for the Cougars.

The camp has grown so big that Morgan this year is moving it from Mercer Island High, where it's been held the last few years, to the expansive Starfire soccer complex just south of Seattle.

Some notable members of the local talent pool already are signed up to attend, including Mason Tobeck (LB, Cascade Christian), Alex Neale (OL, Eastside Catholic), Sam McPherson (RB, Bothell), Jackson Keimig (WR, Bothell) and Drew Norvell (OL, Sehome). In addition, a sophomore linebacker from the same city and high school in California as Washington State long snapper Alex Den Bleyker is planning to attend as well: Johnny Den Bleyker.

First-year Husky coach Chis Peterson is lined up to the deliver the keynote speech, Morgan says. "And I'm hoping one year we can get Mike Leach over to do it," he adds.

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NOTEABLE: Morgan is also holding similar one-day camps this June in Los Angeles and Dallas.

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