This weekend hundreds of elite football players participated in the ESPN
Elite 11 quarterback camp and the Nike Football Training Camp in
Columbus, Ohio at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. The event was by
invitation only and the top players in Ohio and the Midwest were in
This weekend hundreds of elite football players participated in the ESPN Elite 11 quarterback camp and the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus, Ohio at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. The event was by invitation only and the top players in Ohio and the Midwest were in attendance.
Friday night it was all about the quarterbacks. We rotated through a six station circuit with an emphasis on improving footwork and mechanics. I picked up several drills that I can incorporate in my training to make myself a better quarterback. One of the stations I enjoyed the most was the EA Sports Accuracy Challenge. There were 6 targets set up at various spots on the field and we attempted to throw the ball through the targets. It was a fun time and a good test of my accuracy. At the end of this circuit, we went to a session of RVAs, throwing routes to receivers with no defense. The number one component stressed during this period was accuracy. If you can’t complete passes against air, it will be extremely difficult to complete passes during a game situation.
The following day at the NFTC, all the other positions came to the party to showcase their skills. We were broken off by position and got right into more drills. The first part of the day was called the Sparq 6. Six stations were set up focused on strength and agility training. After this session, the quarterbacks went through the same drills as the day before. It was good to have a sense for the drills and to be able to execute them better the second time around. After these drills, everyone at the camp got a chance to showcase themselves as we went to a period of one-on-ones. These drills were really fun for me because I was able to throw passes to another Ohio Cardinal Conference player, Duke Price, from Wooster, Ohio.
The day finished with the opportunity to purchase the newest Nike gear before it is available for retail. Elite football players are always looking for the newest gear, so most of us took full opportunity to get some swag. I am trying out the newest gloves and ultra light weight training shoes.
It was a good week in recruiting. Vanderbilt, Holy Cross, Akron and Ball State came to school to talk Coach Valentine about me. My recruiting coach from Princeton called this week. I am high on the boards at both Brown and Princeton.
One final thought about the weekend. I was a little surprised at the number of people that told me they are following my blog. I appreciate all of the support.
Installment 1: Ashland
quarterback ready to take us on recruiting ride
Installment 3: Prom, Vanderbilt, NIKE, Elite 11 and Boise State?