NoCal NIKE camp update - Todd Basler

Todd Basler comes from a small community off the main highway between Olympia and Aberdeen, but the 6-2, 220-pound athlete from Elma, Washington headed off to the Bay Area to test his game against the best from the West Coast. It was an experience he won't forget anytime soon.

"Just more experience," Todd told Dawgman.com Saturday at the NoCal NIKE camp at Stanford when asked why he chose to make the trip from Elma. "I'll have the experience of this camp and the Oregon camp so it'll give me time to get used to everything, like how they do the vertical jump...and the people. It's good to be around them, playing football. It's good. I love all the people and the competition. The competition is the best part of it."

In that vein, Basler felt he competed well. "I thought I did good on most the things," he said. "I wish I could have dropped a couple of tenths on the 40 (4.8) but it'll come in time. I've been working on it."

He also stayed for the junior day at Stanford the following day. Arizona State, Washington State and Washington have stopped by EHS to inquire about Todd. He is still looking for that elusive first offer.

Knowing Todd, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he took the time to travel the distance to compete. It's just one sacrifice he's made to concentrate solely on football. "I'm just working out, training for football," he said. "I dropped baseball for this. This is my love. My brother (Kyle) is home right now so I've been catching his punts and he's been working with me on my stuff."

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