West's Best to Highlight Passing Down

Passing Down is making changes to improve Central California's premier football camp. The fourth year of the camp will add a Top Ball Hawk competition, an elite 7-on-7 Friday Night Lights session and a FREE testing session. All this under the watchful eye of current and former NFL players, including camp cofounder Cameron Worrell…

For the last three years, Passing Down has grown from a small grass roots effort to give back to the community into the premier camp in Central California. Entering its fourth year, PD is aiming to become one of the premier camps in the West.

With instruction from current and former NFL players, camp cofounder Cameron Worrell – a retired six-year NFL veteran – has added a third day to the camp.

The camp is held in early July every summer to accommodate the active NFL players that coach the camp. Last year, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Pro Bowler Clifton Smith helped coached the running backs. Oakland Raider Sam Williams, Carolina Panther Richard Marshall, and New England Patriot James Sanders among many others also coached the hundreds of high school football players that camped in 2009.


Deran Koligian Stadium, Fresno, Ca
Photo by Clark Bros. Inc.
This year the camp will be July 9-11 at Fresno Central High School's Deran Koligian Stadium, which features sprint turf. The biggest addition to the camp will be day one's Friday Night Lights.

The two-part session first encompasses a 60-player defensive back competition dubbed Passing Down's Top Ball Hawk that is FREE during its inaugural run.

Worrell has developed a patent point-system to discover the top high school defensive backs in the nation. The point-system consists of participants engaging in a variety of non-contact drills and skill testing.

Top Ball Hawk will transition into the evening's Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 session. It is an invitation-only challenge for the top high school skill position athletes on the West Coast. It will consist of four teams of 20 athletes that are selected by PD. The teams will compete in a traditional 7-on-7 passing tournament under the lights.

Also new is a FREE and open testing combine on Saturday morning July 10. The two-day Passing Down Skills Camp commences that afternoon with a shorts and t-shirt session and concludes on Sunday with two full-pad sessions, including the first annual Passing Down Premier Game, highlighting the camp's top performers. All sessions will feature current and former NFL players as coaches.

Nonetheless, the main attraction of the camp is the 7on7 challenge. The four teams selected comprise some of the best players in the 2011 class and will compete to prove who the Best in the West is.

B2G Sports, fresh off their championship run at the Las Vegas Badger/New Level Athletics 7on7 Tournament, highlights the four-team bracket. For the last decade, no other football training organization has produced more high school All-Americans than Ron Allen and Henry Bell's authentic athlete development company.

Los Angeles Cathedral coach Chris Flores is putting together a team filled with some of L.A.'s top players, which may include Scout.com's No. 1 rated prospect DeAnthony Thomas. A.J. Rangel's Team Pro Sport will bring some the Bay Area's best prospects to compete. The final team will be legendary DB Guru Tony Perry's Central Cali squad led by all-state quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Mike Baker.


For more information on Passing Down, including camp registration, please visit http://passingdown.com/.

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