Central Cali Camp Hands On with NFL Stars

Carolina Panther CB Richard Marshall is entering a contract year as well as his first season atop the depth chart. But preparing for training camp is taking a back seat this week. His focus is helping coach the Passing Down Camp headed by former Fresno State teammate and six-year NFL veteran Cameron Worrell. Some of the state's top prospects will compete in the third annual camp in Central Cali…

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There is one event this summer to feature a dozen current or former NFL players and dozens of high school prospects in California. That event is the third annual Passing Down Camp held at Buchanan High School in Clovis on July 11 and 12. Scout.com and Golden StatePreps.com will be on hand to record the action and report the camp standouts.

The two-day camp will consist of a testing session, position drills, 1-on-1's, and 7-on-7's on the first day in shorts and t-shirts. The second day will consist of two practice sessions in full pads including 1-on-1, 7-on-7, and 11-on-11 action. The camp is designed to benefit the D1 college prospect looking for exposure and the high school athlete trying to improve his game. Passing Down also presents the final time before fall for high school prospects to test and be evaluated by Scout.com analysts.

Richard Marshall
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Former Fresno State All-WAC safety Cameron Worrell is a six-year NFL veteran. Along with his agent and business partner Elbert Lee, they coordinate a one of kind camp in the West. Richard Marshall is just one of many current and former NFL standouts that will help coach at this year's camp.

"It's more hands on than other camps," said Marshall. "We work on fundamentals and tackling drills. It's a great opportunity for the kids learn different positions from NFL players."

Coming out of Los Angeles Locke High School, Marshall does not remember any current or former NFL players coming back to help coach a camp or give back to his hometown. Now, three years after leaving Fresno State, he looks forward to coaching at Passing Down every year and giving back to the city of his alma mater.

"Cameron's putting on a good camp, and a lot of us try to come back, support him, and support why he is doing this camp," said Marshall. "I'm just trying to support the city of Fresno and give back to the city of Fresno. I've never had this type of opportunity in high school."

Marshall had two scholarship offers coming out of Locke, Fresno State and USC. He has no regrets choosing to be a Bulldog. He says his experience at Fresno State prepared him for the league. The techniques and skills acquired from head coach Pat Hill and staff, combined with his NFL experience, he teaches at the camp. A majority of the coaches are former Fresno State players currently playing in the NFL.

"A lot of us play for different teams," said Marshall. "We make it so we can go out there. Many communities don't have many guys coming back from the NFL contributing back to the city they went to school in.

"Since Cam started this a lot of us have been coming back making time for the camp. For each of us to come back has been great for the high school kids and us. We get to communicate with those kids who will go to college or may go to Fresno State. They can take note we came out of Fresno and went to the NFL. It gives them an opportunity to pick our brain about stuff they don't know or would like to know."

The 2009 camp is expected to best to date, and it will be loaded at the quarterback spot.

Sixth-round Denver Bronco NFL Draft pick Tom Brandstater and fellow former Bulldog quarterback Paul Pinegar will coach some of the top signal callers in the state.

Tyler Bray
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Kingsburg's (Calif.) Tyler Bray, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial's Cody Kessler, and Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala's Ryan Orozco are fresh off solid performances at the USC Rising Stars Camp. Bray holds offers from Fresno State and San Diego State. Kessler will be one of the top prospects in the West in 2011 after receiving early attention from Cal, Fresno State, San Diego State, and USC. Orozco played last season at state power Orange Lutheran, but he was injured and has little film. He has had great camp showings at Fresno State, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, and USC. Other quarterbacks expected to compete are Fresno (Calif.) Bullard's Kerr Taubler, who has a Yale offer, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan's Lance Orender, and 2012 prospect Mike Baker out of Fresno (Calif.) Central.

Detroit Lion wide receiver Adam Jennings will be coaching the wideouts. Arizona Cardinal Stephen Spach will coach the tight ends. Depending on their schedules, Minnesota Viking Bernard Berrian and Tennessee Titan Paul Williams will also help coach a unit headlined by one of the nation's top 100 receivers. Tulare (Calif.) Union's Marquess Wilson holds offers from Arizona State, Fresno State, Nevada, UNLV, and Washington State. Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West's Steven McCray will also compete. He impressed us at both the Fresno State skills and team camps.

Former Minnesota Viking Wendell Mathis returns to coach the running backs. The unit will feature rising 2011 prospect Kendall Brock out of Clovis West, and Clovis East's Julian Haymon. Haymon played mostly defensive back last season, but he will play some running back this season. After watching him at the recent Fresno State team camp, he could have a breakout season rushing the football. Oakland Raider Justin Fargas and 2008 Pro Bowler Clifton Smith will also coach the unit depending on their schedules.

Buffalo Bill Chris Denman and Oakland Raider Sam Williams will coach the offensive and defensive lines, respectively. Hanford's (Calif.) 6-foot-5, 280-pound left tackle Beau Felder is expected to compete. Another player to watch for on the offensive side of the ball is Stephan McCray. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound 2012 prospect came onto the scene at the Fresno State skills and team camps last month. On the defensive side of the ball, Fresno (Calif.) Edison's dynamic duo of Rakeem Yates and Wesley Flowers will compete.

Yates has offers from Fresno State and Nevada. Moreover, he was the defensive line MVP at the Stanford Nike Camp and one of the top four d-linemen at the Scout.com L.A. Combine in May. Flowers committed to UCLA earlier this month over offers from Fresno State and Washington. Yates and Flowers are two of the premier defensive linemen in the state. But not to be overlooked is Clovis West 2011 defensive end prospect Donivon Lewis. He is the younger brother of current Fresno State defensive end Chris Lewis. Like his older brother, Lewis is a terror off the edge for the Eagles.

Edward Dillihunt
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2007 WAC Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Riley, who signed with the Chicago Bears late last season, will coach the linebackers. Bullard's Kyle Staples is one backer we are anxious to see more of at the camp. While Marshall, Worrell and New England Patriot James Sanders get the opportunity to coach some of the top young defensive backs in the state.

Tulare (Calif.) Union three-star safety Edward Dillihunt headlines the group. He has offers from Fresno State, Nevada, UNLV, and Washington State. But he will get some competition from Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union' Tee Shepard (2012), Fresno (Calif.) Hoover's Tevin Ivy (2011), and Clovis (Calif.) East's Jerry Haymon. All three were top performers at the Scout.com/Fox Sports Regional Combine in San Francisco last month.

Passing Down Camp registration is open until the camp date. Players can register at www.passingdown.com. Walk up registration will be available on Saturday morning. The camp begins at 9 a.m. Space may be limited contact campservices@passingdown.com in advance to secure your spot.

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