If Camron Pitcher of state powerhouse Corona (Calif.) Centennial ever wanted to have his breakout moment during his off-season period, it certainly came underneath a cloudy sky at Mission Viejo High on Feb. 19.
The 6-foot, 216-pound 2018 prospect was named one of the top under-the-radar defensive players at the 2017 Under Armour All-American Camp.
He’s a believer that his quickness in space and his coverage ability that was on display at the MVHS sprint turf will lead to his ascension on the recruiting trail.
“I believe my stock is now real high as a result of me being selected as one of the top under the radar defensive players at the Under Armour Camp,” Pitcher told Scout. “My followers on Twitter have increased a little.”
Pitcher, though, isn’t relying on his latest camp performance to build on his one scholarship offer on the table, which is from Cornell. Like many aspiring college football student-athletes, he’s pushing his highlight film out and showing what he’s capable of in pads and helmet.
The three-star Pitcher is projected to play inside linebacker at the next level – and takes pride in the football traits that he already possesses.
“My football IQ, lateral quickness, sideline to sideline ability to make plays and my leadership (are my strengths),” Pitcher said.
In nine games, Pitcher tied for the team lead in tackles with 73 and led Centennial with an average of 8.1 tackles per game.
Even though he plays on a renowned state power, and earned some all-area accolades following his junior year, Pitcher has witnessed a relatively slow moving recruiting period – a rarity for dominant athletes in a Huskies’ football uniform.
“I felt that after making the Max Preps Large School second team All-State team (for Division I schools), plus making All-CIF, All-Area, and winning the Big VIII Defensive Player of the Year award along with the competition I played against every week, it would have had a bigger impact on my current recruitment,” Pitcher said.
But the 4.0 student and hidden gem on an always stacked Centennial roster isn’t dwelling about how his recruiting session has gone. Instead, he’s continuing his workman-like approach especially following his UA camp performance.
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“I will continue to work hard in the classroom and on the field. Recruitment and offers are out of my hands,” Pitcher said. “I control what I do in the classroom and on the field. My father tells me all the time no matter how many offers a person gets, he can only sign with one school. I only need one.”