By Keegan C. Weiss – Freshman Football Player for the Boulder Creek Jaguars.
I recently participated in an FBU (Football University) football camp in Tempe, AZ. To many it is known as the top football camp in the country, and I agree 100%! FBU was the most professional and best coached camp I’ve ever been to – and I’ve been to many.
Day 1 Friday started with registration, I could tell already that this camp was the real deal. I could sense the intensity and everyone looked ready to compete. If the itinerary read that registration was to begin at 5:00, it began at 5:00 – not a second later. During registration, everything ran smoothly and they truly put the athletes first. They made sure everyone had the right size shirt, shorts, and their own FBU head-shot. After the very informative camp introduction came to a close, each athlete went to their position specific classroom. That is where I met my coach ( Will Poole – First Team All-Pac 10, 5 Years NFL ) for the camp, we went over the formations we would run as a defense for the camp and he introduced us to some of the drills we would be going over that night. The thing that stuck with me the most, was my coach promising the whole group that we would all be better by the time this camp ended. Him saying that just gave me another reason to do everything at 100% effort; but who wouldn’t work that hard when you are promised to get better at something you love! Once we went through all of that he showed us some film of previous camps to give us good and bad examples of what to and what not to do as a defensive back. Once we ended our classroom time, every camper met in the end of the end zone to begin our dynamics. It was very cool to see all of us already come together and be able to clap together and stretch in sync so quickly. After dynamics and a short talk from the head coach ( Mike Wilson – earned 4 Superbowl Rings in the NFL !!! ) on how the camp would go for the night we got back into our position specific groups, since Friday was just a short, we mainly focused on footwork and the proper backpedal. After practice, our head coach closed with a brief summary on what tomorrow would be like.
I could tell already that this camp was the real deal.
Day 2 Saturday began with a recruiting speech from NCSA Athletic, which was truly one of the most informative things I had heard in a while. To me it was a reality check because the presenter empathized the most important thing for every athlete must be grades. Without those in order, nothing else will happen for you. He talked about personal experiences too, which really hit home for me. Once the presentation came to a conclusion we went back to the classroom and went over film from the previous night. The coach gave a bunch of highly constructive criticism and we implemented cover 3 into our system. When we got out to the field, every camper participated in dynamics on the main field and split the groups up. We had an hour practice with just the db’s going over proper footwork and responsibilities in each coverage, then we moved on to implementing the defense with the linebackers. Once that concluded, we joined the offense back on the main field and did 1 on 1 against the wide receivers and running backs. Following that, we ate lunch and enjoyed a social media presentation which focused on how posts to twitter, Instagram, and Facebook can’t get you scholarships, but can help you lose them very easily. We then went back into the classroom and went over the film from earlier that day showing us what we did right and wrong. Coach Poole let everyone know he cared about all of our success and he’s going to do everything he can to make us better. Coach was always teaching, kept it fun, sometimes he was really tough, but he was always fair ( like he said the film doesn’t lie, and never put anything bad on film like poor effort, giving up or making the same mistakes ). We got back on the field, went through our dynamics then went into individuals for a little before moving to 7 on 7 which concluded the camp.
To me it was a reality check because the presenter empathized the most important thing for every athlete must be grades.
Day 3 Sunday began with a leadership meeting for both parents and athletes; it went over the characteristics that are needed to be a leader on and off the football field. When the leadership meeting ended, all the campers went back into the classroom to go over film from the day before. Our coach also implemented cover 9 and cover 4 when we got out on the field and finished dynamics. We did individual work for a short time, because today’s main focus was competition; mainly 1 on 1’s and 7 on 7. After lunch, we went right back on the field and began doing more 7 on 7’s and the competition was turned up a couple notches in comparison to the day before! After our final practice ended, awards were handed out for leadership and invites to the Army Bowl Combine. We met with our position coach for our final player evaluation which was so informative it really helped me understand what I in need to work on as a defensive back. I truly hope to attend this camp next year as an alumni and further better my skills as a football player and student of the game and life.
I truly hope to attend this camp next year as an alumni and further better my skills as a football player and student of the game and life.