recruit757 Big Skills Showcase (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Sunday’s Big Skill Showcase offered exposure and instruction for linemen
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Ocean Lakes Head Coach Joe Jones teamed with recruit757 to offer the first annual Big Skill Showcase, a one-day camp at Christopher Newport University specifically for linemen.
“The power of prayer was alive and well last Sunday afternoon at CNU,” said Coach Jones. “After nervously waiting until Saturday evening to make the final call on going forward due to the weather, it ended up being a great day for our camp. About 40 linemen from the 757 and surrounding areas came out and experienced a great time and put in over 4 hours of hard work at our camp. The instruction consisted of 7 stations of OLine fundamental drills, including; Drive block, Reach block, Down block, Double Team block, Zone block, Pull & kickout block, Skip Pull and Pass Pro blocking. Also mixed in some Pass Rush fundys at the Pass Pro station to get a little DLine work in too. We actually ended the camp with a 20-30 session of 1v1 pass pro/pass rush, which also amped up the intensity, energy and competitive juices in the players.”
There were quite a few standouts in those finishing one-on-ones that allowed the athletes to showcase what they had learned. Tyler Stephens (Ocean Lakes), Tyler Halliday (Tallwood), Robert Minich (Salem), Michael Ososanya (Jamestown), Drake Mancil (Hampton Christian), Xavier Chevrier (Norfolk Christian), Athanasios Karageorge (Harrisonburg), Jordon Dodson (Eastern View), Ricky Robinson (Eastern View), James Pulley (Park View) and Jake Bingham (Cox) were among the standouts.
“The incentive for all these linemen to attend our camp, was also the big reason for our success, being coached on these fundamentals by our staff of D2 & D3 college coaches who attended. Several HS Line coaches were also there to assist our college coaches in their drills. Many thanks goes out to all of these coaches for their help and for taking time out of their busy schedules on a Sunday afternoon to be there. Several positive recruiting relationships were started or continued at the end of camp. This allowed for the players to actually be coached by the college coaches, who in turn got to put their eyes on each player and create or confirm recruiting interest.”
The college coaches on site included line coach Scott Fahey from CNU, Averett Head Coach Cleive Adams, Chowan line coach Jon Leible, Bridgewater line coach Scott Lemn, Geneva College coach Bobby Hites and Hampden-Sydney line coach Wes Dodson. King’s Fork line coach Pete Gale, Indian River line coach Brandon Carr, Chartier’s Valley High School line coach Mike Rittlemann and Landstown coach Jack Tuite also provided coaching.
“We received a lot of positive comments and compliments from players, parents and coaches about our camp. I believe it was a success, especially for a first-time camp. We ended up missing about 17 additional players from the Richmond area due to heavy rain and flooding or our number would have been close to 60. Again, we are grateful to everyone who helped make this camp as success and we look forward to next years camp,” Jones said.
– Andy Hilton