2006 NIKE FOOTBALL TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE April 9th - Miami, Fla. (Univ. of Miami) 10-2pm April 15th - Los Angeles, Calif. (USC) 10-2pm April 22nd - College Station, Texas (Texas A&M) 10-2pm April 29th - Athens, Ga. (Univ. of Georgia) 10-2pm April 30th - Baton Rouge, La. (LSU) 10-2pm May 5th - Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State) 3-7pm May 6th - State College, Pa. (Penn State) 12-4pm May 7th - Piscataway, N.J. (Rutgers) 10-2pm May 13th - Stanford, Calif. (Stanford) 10-2pm May 20th - Gainesville, Fla. (Univ. of Florida) 10-2pm May 21st - Clemson, S.C. (Clemson) 10-2pm June 10th - Eugene, Ore. (Univ. of Oregon) 10-2pm
2006 will mark the ninth year of the NIKE Football Training Camps. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers to give you a better understanding about the camps.
(Q)Who attends the NIKE Football Camps and what is their purpose?
(A)Elite high school players with college potential are taught position-specific drills designed by some of the top NFL football players and sports performance specialists in America, and it is all FREE for the athletes. These specialists work with stars such as Walter Jones, Michael Vick, Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks, and many more.
(Q)What exactly happens at a camp?
(A)Athletes who come to the NIKE Football Training Camp will register, where they will pick up their NIKE Pro workout shirt, and get their photo taken. After height and weight are measured, the NIKE Football Training Camp is broken down into four parts:
1. OPTIONAL TESTING: After a proper, supervised "dynamic warmup," participants have the option to be tested in the 40-yard dash, bench press (185 lbs), vertical jump and 20-yard shuttle, which will produce a SPARQ Rating*.
2. SPARQ TRAINING: SPARQ trainers work participants through specific drills designed to improve athletic ability, speed and explosiveness. Here, athletes have the opportunity to tap into the secrets of proper workouts that have helped players make it to the NFL, including cone and ladder drills. This period educates participants on how to improve football-specific speed, agility and quickness movements.
3. POSITION SPECIFIC DRILLS: Participants are separated into position groups (QBs, RBs, WR/TEs, OLs & DLs, LBs & DBs) to work individually on football skills and techniques with top-notch position coaches.
4. ONE-ON-ONES The NIKE Camp concludes with one-on-one passing and non-contact line drills, which many say are the highlight of the camp.
(Q)Are there other benefits?
(A)Definitely! The NIKE Football Training Camps provide the best opportunity for national exposure that a camp can offer. The testing results and top performers in drills are delivered each week to Division I college football programs all over the nation, and college coaches themselves come out and evaluate at certain camps. Video and action photos for Student Sports and other national media will be taken. Participants will also be part of the in-depth coverage on the Student Sports website (www.studentsportsfootball.com) and other national websites Student Sports works with such as Rivals.com.
(Q)How does a player get registered to attend a NIKE Football Training Camp?
(A)The NIKE Camps are free and registration information is sent out to top players/recruits who are in the Class of 2007. Players must be recommended by their coach as a high level recruit to preregister for the camp. If a recommendation is not possible then a player may send in a 5 min. video highlight tape so he can be evaluated. Coaches can send in recommendations as soon as the season is complete... please include 2005 statistics, height, weight, position, honors/accolades, etc. with videotape if possible. Mail tapes and recommendations to:
Student Sports 23954 Madison St. Torrance CA 90505
(Q)I've heard one benefit of the camp is seeing other great players. Is that true?
(A)Yes, the camps are known for the quality of football players they attract and one benefit to you will be seeing how you rate with your peers. Consider these numbers:
• Every year, about one of every three NIKE Camp attendees signed with a D-I college, and this past year, 42% of high school seniors who signed a football scholarship attended a NIKE Camp.
• The consensus No. 1 player in seven of the past eight classes - Myron Rolle (Class of '06), Penn State's Derrick Williams (Class of '05), Florida State's Ernie Sims (Class of '03), Florida State's Lorenzo Booker (Class of '02), Detroit Lion Kevin Jones (Class '01), Denver Bronco D.J. Williams (Class of '00) and current Atlanta Falcon T.J. Duckett (Class of '99) felt it important enough to attend one of the NIKE Football Training Camps.
• Every top college football program evaluates and signs recruits who come to NIKE Camps: for example, every one of the 117 Division I college football programs currently has a NIKE Camp alum on the roster. Also, in the past, major programs like Oklahoma, USC, Florida State and Ohio State have signed more than a dozen Nike Camp attendees in one class!
• Here's a look at some of the biggest names from the NIKE Camp's past...
Current NIKE Camp alums in the NFL: LB Lance Briggs (Bears) DT Tommie Harris (Bears) QB Kyle Orton (Bears) QB Carson Palmer (Bengals) LB David Pollack (Bengals) QB J.P. Losman (Bills) RB Willis McGahee (Bills) WR Josh Reed (Bills) LB Jashon Sykes (Broncos) LB D.J. Williams (Broncos) WR Antonio Bryant (Browns) RB William Green (Browns) RB Cadillac Williams (Buccaneers) DT Darnell Dockett (Cardinals) WR Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) DB Antrel Rolle (Cardinals) DE Marcus Spears (Cowboys) DE Jerome McDougle (Eagles) RB T.J. Duckett (Falcons) WR Brandon Lloyd (49ers) TE George Wrighster (Jaguars) LB Jonathan Vilma (Jets) DT Shaun Cody (Lions) RB Kevin Jones (Lions) RB Najeh Davenport (Packers) WR Keary Colbert (Panthers) DB Ricky Manning (Panthers) DB Randall Gay (Patriots) DB Phillip Buchanon (Raiders) QB Kyle Boller (Ravens) RB Clinton Portis (Redskins) WR Andre Johnson (Texans) DE Kenechi Udeze (Vikings)
Currently over 90 NIKE Camp alums dot NFL rosters, and that number is sure to grow in the next six months as current college stars that attended a NIKE Camp like Matt Leinart, Jimmy Williams, Marcedes Lewis, Rodrique Wright and Jason Allen complete their senior seasons and get ready for the NFL Draft. The NIKE Football Training Camps are where the best go to compete and get better!
(Q)Can a bad performance at the NIKE Camp hurt my stock?
(A)History has shown that, no, you will not hurt your "recruiting stock" for several reasons.
1. Participants DO NOT have to test! This is not a combine-doing the 40s, bench, etc. is optional.
2. If an athlete tests and does not like a particular mark, the time or mark may be scratched from the results.
3. College coaches put more emphasis on how players perform in pads. A disappointing time in the 40 will not lead to colleges dropping a player. At past NIKE Camps, running backs and wide receivers have run 4.8's and linebackers run 5.2s and still sign with major D-I programs - current New York Jets standout linebacker Jonathan Vilma clocked a 5.0 40 at a NIKE Camp!
Don't let someone tell you NOT to go to a NIKE Camp without calling us at 800-660-1334 to put your concerns to rest. Student Sports has been serving student-athletes for 20 years because we always place your best interests first!
•For more information regarding the 2006 NFTC, if you are a coach recommending a player, or to submit an all-state or all-area team with nominees on it, please contact Brian Stumpf or Greg Biggins at the following: Brian@studentsports.com or Greg@studentsports.com
•For any other questions, or to talk about the NIKE Football Training Camps, click here to go to the NIKE Football Training Camp Messageboard.
•Click here to check out the results from the 2005 NIKE Football Training Camps.
•Click here to check out the results from the 2004 NIKE Football Training Camps.
*Taking the standard measurements of the football combine, the SPARQ Rating weighs and combines the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and bench press into a single number that measures an athlete's overall athleticism. Thus, football players can track the progress of their training, through occasional tests, and compare SPARQ Ratings with teammates, training partners and competitors.