Camp Shine

Some players come to summer football camps with their reputations firmly established and scholarship offers in tow. Others, perhaps somewhat under the radar, grab the attention of coaches with their performances.

The latter was the case for Northern High School's Demarco Rojas at West Virginia's camp sessions last weekend, and he hopes that his showing eventually leads to an offer from the Mountaineers. Calling it "my dream school", Rojas did extremely well during the afternoon session, showing good footwork, balance and change of direction skills.

"I loved it," he said of his trip to campus. "The coaches were terrific, and really taught me a lot. They helped me work on my backpedal and on my stance, and those are things that I will keep working on. I loved the stadium too."

While Rojas was impressed with West Virginia, the Mountain State was just one stop on his summer camp itinerary. He'll also have visits to Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Duke under his belt by the time the school break is over, and has faith the the recruiting process will eventually find him.

"It's been kind of slow, but I think it's picking up," he said of interest from schools. "Duke, West Virginia and Syracuse are all interested in me, and I think I will be getting an offer from Fordham. West Virginia's coaches seemed very interested. They liked my size (6-0, 165 lbs.) and said they thought I was very physical. They worked with me on my footwork, but said that was good, too."

While many schools already have double-digit commitments and have already identified most of their 2013 recruiting targets, other schools, such as West Virginia, don't want to overlook players who develop later in their high school careers. Rojas is one of those players, and he knows that his senior performance could well be a deciding factor in the number of offers he receives.

"I sent my [junior film] down to West Virginia yesterday, but I know I have to keep working this summer," he said. "I really like West Virginia, and I will definitely visit again."


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