Passing Down: Camp with the Pros

Scout.com and GoldenStatePreps.com team up with Passing Down, Inc. this year for the third annual Passing Down Football Skills Camp. The camp is one of a kind. It is the only one in the West to feature current NFL players conducting hands-on instruction. The two-day camp will feature testing, 1-on-1 competition, and full-contact action…

Chicago Bear Cameron Worrell and his agent and business partner Elbert Lee once again will hold the Passing Down Football Skills Camp this July at Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan High School.

This is the third year of the camp, and it is undergoing some changes including an exclusive media partnership with Scout.com and GoldenStatePreps.com.

"We are going to have a testing day for the [campers] and an extended 1-on-1 period," said Worrell.

This year's camp is still a two-day event. However, the first day of the camp will feature testing in the forty-yard sprint, 20-yard shuttle, three-cone drill, vertical jump, and broad jump. As well as, it will feature individual position instruction session and 1-on-1 competition all in t-shirts and shorts.

"The second day we are still going to have all the NFL guys out there giving hands-on instruction and hopefully get the pads popping a little bit," said Worrell.

That is what makes the Passing Down Camp unique, the instructors. It is the only camp in the West to feature current NFL players conducting hands-on instruction. Past instructors have included Minnesota Viking Bernard Berrian, Carolina Panther Richard Marshall, Arizona Cardinal Stephen Spach, and Oakland Raider Sam Williams among others including Worrell.

Worrell played his collegiate football at Fresno State, where he was a first team All-WAC free safety in 2002. He went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft, but the Chicago Bears signed him after a post-draft mini camp. Cameron became the only undrafted free agent in 2003 to make the Bears 53-man roster.

He played four seasons with the Chicago Bears and appeared in Super Bowl XLI against the Indianapolis Colts. In 2007, Cameron signed with the Miami Dolphins as an unrestricted veteran free agent. He started seven games for the Dolphins at safety. The New York Jets signed Cameron in June 2008, but he resigned with the Bears in December.

Passing Down, Inc.'s original goal was to highlight Central California prep football players on a stage in their own backyard. As the camp has grown, their next step is to make it one of the top camps in the West.

"It gives kids in this area an opportunity to be seen," said Worrell. "It is rare to have [a camp] in this area and to have one at the price we offer. The partnership we have with Scout.com is one way [we are progressing]."

Many of the past camp instructors are expected to coach this year including Berrian. Also, expected to help coach this year is Tampa Bay Buccaneer and 2008-09 Pro Bowler Clifton Smith.

"It's big to have those guys," said Worrell. "Not only to have them there, where it is exciting for the kids, but Clifton has a very unique story."

"He's an Edison guy, went to Fresno State. Everybody in the world told him he was too small, too slow, and he didn't have much of a chance making an NFL roster. He had a mini camp tryout with Tampa [after being undrafted]. They liked what they saw and signed him back for training camp. He spent some time on the practice squad and then he just blew up. To have him there and just to tell his story where he was to where he is now is huge. And Bernard, to have one of the top receivers in the league teaching these guys is really big for us."

Stay with Scout.com and GoldenStatePreps.com for continuing updates on the camp and its participants.

For more information about the Passing Down Camp, please visit their website passingdown.com.



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