Kellen Clemens, a current quarterback for the University of Oregon, lauds the take-home drills as something he works on to this day, even when he's on spring break at his home in Burns, Oregon. Another Oregon quarterback, freshman Johnny DuRocher from Graham, Washington, similarly took time out of his Sundays to drive from the Tacoma, Washington area to Portland and back to work with the Air Attack coaches on his footwork. And most often, DuRocher would participate in both the morning and afternoon sessions, soaking in all the techniques and teachings he could.
Greg Barton heads up the quarterbacking and skills part of Air Attack, along with his son Taylor Chris Budke. Budke is the QB coach at Central Catholic High School (Portland, Oregon), who developed Michael Harrington (Idaho) and Ryan Gunderson (OSU). Greg Barton brings his vast experience as a quarterback in the NFL and CFL to the table, and his son Taylor brings his knowledge from quarterbacking stints at both the University of Colorado and the University of Washington.
And for the linemen, the big uglies, they are going to get phenomenal help as well. This is the first year Air Attack has opened up their doors to the big guys, and to help them they brought in two highly respected regional coaches.
Ron Simonson, former Head Coach at Puget Sound and Northern Colorado, was also an assistant at Oregon State University and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was also the recruiting coordinator during his stint in Corvallis.
Ray Baker is the former Head Coach at Clackamas High School and former assistant coach at Southern Oregon University and Portland State University. Both Simonson and Baker bring over 50 years in the business to the field as players, coaches and administrators.
Regardless of whether you are a lineman or a skill player, college-bound, a senior to be this fall or just a 9th-grader, the coaching is what stands out at Air Attack. Jeff Carr, from Northwest Recruiting and Sports Washington, echoes DuRocher's sentiments when it comes to the hands-on approach Air Attack uses, regardless of ability or age. "What makes it such a good experience is the immense number of reps you get. As a coach, you can take your quarterback and a couple of receivers/defensive backs, and in a day's work you can get 100-150 reps. That's just so hard to do in a normal practice. It really helps you build your talent and refine their game.
"That, and it's really affordable. You could go to a college team camp, spend 3-400 dollars, and not get near the reps or the personal attention you'll get at Air Attack."
Washington high school players like DuRocher have been making the 6-hour round-trip from Seattle to Portland and back for years because of what Air Attack has to offer. Last year alone, Air Attack attracted players from the following Washington schools - last year, we had kids from the following Washington high schools: White River, Mt. Si, Woodland, Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, Black Hills, Bethel, Kentwood, Federal Way, West Valley, RA Long, Skyview, Evergreen, Castle Rock, LaSalle, N. Kitsap, Hudson Bay, Stevenson, Mark Morris, Camas & Heritage.
One of the first sign ups for the Washington Air Attack Football Camp was by Jarid King, a quarterback from Addison, Texas who will attend the day of Saturday, May 17th and then drive to Portland to do the Oregon Air Attack at Lewis and Clark College on Sunday, May 18th. He is also bringing his favoirte receiver with him to both camps.
Before King, the farthest a player has come was from Northern California and that kid was Aaron Rodgers, the same Aaron Rodgers who just enrolled at California after a year at Butte College. Some say Aaron will be taking over the reins in the wake of Kyle Boller's graduation. Cal head coach is Jeff Tedford, a coach known for being able to groom QB's.
Barton has worked with Aaron Rodgers for 6 years.
Below is the information on the Washington Air Attack camps. You can also get more information on Air Attack, as well as testimonials, at www.airattackfootball.com
WASHINGTON AIR ATTACK FOOTBALL FOR HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE PLAYERS (Quarterbacks and skill position players) Saturday's (May 10, 17 and 24) at Lake Washington High School: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. cost is $125 WASHINGTON AIR ATTACK OFFENSIVE LINE CAMP FOR HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE PLAYERS (Offensive linemen: tackles, guards and centers) Saturday's (May 10, 17 and 24) at Lake Washington High School: 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. cost is $100