Althought Mother Nature didn’t always cooperate, LaGrange High head coach Dialleo Burks felt a two-day NFL camp at Callaway Stadium was a success.
A handful of schools from the area, including LaGrange and Troup, took part in the camp that was co-sponsored by the National Guard.
The NFL High School Player Development Camp included a seven-on-seven passing competition among the schools, and there was also a linemen challenge where the players participated in a number of events.
A handful of speakers also talked to the campers over the course of the two days.
“It rained pretty good (both days), and we were out here in it, but it turned out very well,” said Burks, who coordinated the event. “I was very pleased with what went on.”
The camp began on Tuesday and wrapped up Wednesday, and despite the rain, LaGrange’s players got plenty of time on the field in seven-on-seven competition.
On Wednesday, LaGrange even got to play rival Troup in one of its games.
“We’re very pleased with how everything went down,” Burks said. “And now we get to go back and take a load off and just teach the guys.”
While Burks was pleased with the effort, he understands there is a lot of work left to do between now and the season opener in August.
“We’re not game ready at all,” Burks said. “We want to strive to get better.”
In addition to the on-field workouts, the players got to hear from a number of speakers, including some with experience playing professional football.
“The speakers that came out, they did a phenomenal job,” Burks said. “I was talking to some of the guys in the locker room, and they said we saw three professional football players. I told them, just listen to what they’re saying.”
Burks chose the speakers because of what they did on the field, and the kind of citizens they are.
“They’re all doing great in their community,” Burks said.
Some of LaGrange’s players will be back at Callaway Stadium today for a lineman challenge sponsored by the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Throughout the rest of the summer, LaGrange’s players will participate in other camps and seven-on-seven events, while also taking part in the daily strength and conditioning program at the school.
Then in the last week of July, it’ll be time to get preseason practice under way, and LaGrange will have a preseason game at Newnan on Aug. 15 before the season gets started on Aug. 22 against Callaway.