Summertime. The eight to 10 weeks out of the year that most high schoolers get a chance to relax and decompress from a tough school year, maybe enjoy the beach, be the lazy teenager stereotype. More than likely, that’s not true if you are a top prep prospect. More than likely, you’ve been on the road since before the school year ended in a variety of showcase camps and combines for schools and recruiting services. Most of these guys are worn down and tired.
That’s what makes this last event of the summer, “Saturday Night Lights” July 28 at FSU, special.
The rsvp list includes some of the top uncommitted prospects in the nation as well as most of FSU’s already-committed prospects. It’s invite only and top notch. It’s also strategic.
It’s the day after Florida’s similar event and the same day as Miami’s. It’s a recruiting measuring contest to see who will attend which camp. All the schools will draw their respective numbers, but as FSU has pulled to the front of the Big 3 in recruiting, a strong showing could net new commitments.
After all, building relationships is cool, but recruiting is about results. The event Willie Taggart held last year at Oregon netted four commitments and gave a good deal of momentum to the Ducks which lead to Oregon having the number one class in the nation temporarily.
So, what’s a football camp like? How is this different from anything else? What is this important?
In a traditional football camp, similar to what Taggart had in June, you leave that open to any and everybody. It costs money to attend, but gives coaches an opportunity to find diamonds in the rough. They’ve got two sessions and generally the staff tries to put the best prospects in one session or another so they can focus in on you. The key is for coaches to see you move, how well you take instruction, as well as process instructions, and see you compete in the crowd.
“Saturday Night Live” is an opportunity to condense that, get each guy more reps and see how they respond against the best of the best on their recruiting boards. It’s like The Opening, but only for guys FSU is considering or believes that it has a shot at.
Football camps are fun. For players, the receive more gear, see guys they’ve built bonds with and receive another opportunity to compete –what’s better than that?
What could enhance this experience? Opening it up to the fan base.
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