West Virginia went with a different strategy for its summer football camps in 2011, hosting several one-day sessions in place of the traditional multi-day gatherings.
Approximately 145 high schoolers made an appearance at West Virginia
's July 30 one-day camp, capping a solid start for the new approach. While much of the focus was on some 15-20 players with scholarship offers, the camps proved, for the most part, to be a success across the board.
In addition to allowing players to come in for just one day and not miss anything during a camp session (one day visits are the pattern for most recruited players), the nature of the quicker camps also allows all of the focus to be on instruction and working with players rather than the logistics of housing, feeding and watching over a large group of overnighters. With most recruited players lighting for a few hours and then heading off to their next stops, West Virginia's new approach looks to be a much better fit for the realities of today's recruiting on the camp scene.
Certainly, not all of the credit for West Virginia's mini-flood of commitments prior to the season can be given to the new camp schedule, but it certainly isn't hurting things either.
Some additional observations from the July 30 session:
Many of the recruited players came in to visit, but did not work out. Those who came for just the visit side included Azuka Akozar, Sam Levvie, Tony Matteo, Noble Nwachukwu and Deaysean Rippy. Jalen Gee and Will Holden were among those who did take the field.
Those players that did not work out and received a full tour of the facilities did so in solo fashion. Each player had solo tours with members of the football coaching and support staff.
Gee had several nice catches while working out as a wide receiver.
McKeesport quarterback Eddie Stockett (Class of 2013), who played in a wishbone offense for parts of last year, was in camp. He throws the ball much better than one would expect coming from that attack.
Archbishop Carroll's Jarid Brown drew some attention for his playat wide receiver. He figures to get more recruiting attention during his senior season.
WVU coaches and staffers running the stations and drills at camp don't ignore the players that don't have scholarship offers. While those that do get attention, there's also correction offered and work done with every level of player during the drills.