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College Football Camps – Full Swing


College football camps for high school players seem to be getting better and bigger every year. There seemed to be a time years ago that camps were down in attendance. Not so now.

The Ohio State camp was huge yesterday. Although thunderstorms caused some problems that made for delays, the coaching staff and support made it work.

If my camper list sheet is correct there were over 800 campers working to get better. Grades from going to be 9th graders to going to be 12th graders. A lot of bodies running around doing the drills and competing.

Ohio State is being more lenient with letting parents. coaches, and others walk around the outside of playing fields. They are also allowed to be in-between fields. Many lawn chairs. Super opportunity for moms and dads to watch their sons compete.

As usual there were the dads that feel entitled to be near the drills. Actually on the practice field. One dad was standing with the offensive line coach at Ohio State promoting his son. Another dad was among the college coaches who were evaluating his son. Of course, there were more. Sad when this happens. Seems to me the better the prospect – the less the dad is on the field.

I like the fact, that position coaches at almost every camp. work extra with the top recruits whom they are really trying to evaluate. May crush some egos, but necessary so that top prospects get better evaluated.

Tiffin and Ashland help camps in May. Although both are D2 school programs, the camps were good. Well attended. Instruction was good. These two camps are always good to start off the camp season. D1 programs cannot camp until June 1.

Also attended the John Carroll camp. Notre Dame and Cincinnati coaches also were there to evaluate talent. There were 402 campers working hard. Disappointed in a couple of things. One – all campers wore white camp shirts. But no numbers. No way to identify campers. Two – thought that there was too much time spent on competition running  drills at the start of the camp. Skill drills and one on one competition time was limited. With 400 campers. not many reps.

Check the website to find dates of other camps. Plans are to be at Akron, Cincinnati, Toledo, Kent State, Miami, and Michigan State yet this summer. There is really not a bad camp. Besides the next two Ohio State camps, Toledo may be the largest coming up next Friday. All are good, however.

Although colleges probably do not read my blog, but here are some suggestions.

Run one forty yard dash. Period. 40’s tell if a player is fast or slow. One time will give a coach that information. I do not know if OSU still does, but they used to give “feel good” time. They would subtract another .1 or .2 seconds to a camper’s 40 time. One time – one shot.

Some camps run the pro shuttle or 5-10-5. Most campers have not run this test very often or some not at all. Most do not touch the lines. If a camper totally messes up, let him go again. One time – one time shot.

Allow time for the offensive/defensive linemen to throw the power ball. Two throws back to back. Put a line at 40 feet and only count the campers who throw over 40 feet.

Most camps use the broad jump as a test. Great move. Looking for explosion in an athlete. Broad jump does that. Also get some body control. Also look for the intensity in a campers eyes.

No body really does this anymore, but the vertical jump should be brought back. Use the vertical pad to save time. The slats are the best, but it takes too much time. Does this right after the broad jump. My concern would be that campers would not be warmed up enough. Vertical emphasizes body control and explosion.

McCallister believes in college camps. Exposure is the thing.

2019 Class – This a time that you have to “sell-out.” Showtime. Some are supporting “offers.” Some are not. Remember – “take no prisoners.” Your work will not be easy, because almost all D1 recruits have been identified. Those have to work the hardest to convince college coaches that can play D1 football. The ones who are searching for that first offer – do something to Wow college coaches. Only takes one to like you.

2020 Class – For me this is an important time. A 2020 prospect needs to make the college coaches lists. The first time to pass the eyeball test. The first time to show your skills. The first time to compete against top level competition. The first time to absorb the drills. For many 2020 prospects camp is the first major test. Do not forget – it is a business!!!

2021 Class – Learn everything that you can. Learn the camp process. Learn what it takes. Learn what is expected. Coaching will be okay, but learn the camp procedure. Ohio State and, I am guessing, just about every camp runs the way every year. But learn the process and what is expected.

2022 Class – Much the same as the 2021 Class. As un-McCallister as it may sound – treat this 6 hours as a business. Stay focused. You are mixed in with guys who will play at Pack-5 Schools. Absorb the process. See what it takes to be a D1 recruit and what you must be in 3 years.

I know that is hard and I will upset parents. If possible, put your parent or parents, on the side line. Time to make the break. Focus on what is ahead. Tough as it may sound, just think about what is ahead for the day. Compare your measurements to other players. Learn the process.

If you are not pre-registered, get to walk-up registration as early as you can. No lines and get it taken care of. More free to focus on the day. If you get lucky, you may run into a college coach who knows about you.

If your parents or you are hoping to get autographs or get to a head coach, it probably “ain’t” going to happen. Just to forewarn a camper. The college players are either working the camp or working out. You are there to camp. Not to collect autographs.

Camps are good. Two more weeks of camps in June. There are a sprinkle in July. Underclassmen – learn the process. Make new friends along the way. But do not forget – Football Recruiting is a Business



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