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June 1, 2013

Summer camps take on increased role in recruiting

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Summer football camps are no longer just for coaching up high school players. Camps are important recruiting tools for prospects and coaches alike.

The summer months are considered a quiet period on the NCAA recruiting calendar. Contact away from campus is limited during this time. On-campus football camps are taking on an increased role in the recruiting process because they allow coaches to evaluate targets in person and prospects to raise their stock.

Elite camps give rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience collegiate level instruction and coaches the opportunity to apply the "eye test" to top targets. Stats and game film do not compare to observing a prospect reacting to coaching and showcasing his talent in collegiate level drills. Under-the-radar prospects can also jump start or enhance their recruitment with a strong showing on the field.

Marshall will be hosting a Senior Elite Camp this Saturday for rising high school seniors. New Linebackers Coach Adam Fuller explains the structure of the Herd's upcoming camp, "It will be a skills teaching camp that is designed to give each athlete a solid foundation into the football fundamentals needed to excel at his position. Each player will receive hands on instruction as he participates in drills simulating those of the Thundering Herd!"

The 7 on 7 game is another popular camp format. No pads are necessary, there is no contact and the field size and rules are a little different. It is usually played in a tournament style and focuses primarily on the passing game. It helps players stay in shape and hone their skills during the offseason much like AAU leagues do for basketball.

The Thundering Herd staff will be hosting a 7 on 7 Camp in conjunction with a Team Camp over the course of two days, June 11th and 12th, open to high school participants with teams of at least seven players or more. In addition to the 7 on 7 game, coaches will have special instruction for offensive lineman in attendance. Coach Aaron Hill, an offensive line graduate assistant in charge of most of the pre-camp logistics, is excited to take part in the camp. "I look forward to working with O-Lineman from the tri-state and surrounding areas," said Coach Hill. "Come be coached by the soon to be C-USA Champs."

Stay tuned, HerdNation will have continuing coverage of the lead up to camps next week, a camp summary and post camp evaluations.

Mike Gwinn is a staff writer with Herd Nation. Comments and questions are welcomed and encouraged on the Old Fairfield forum.

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