Panthers’ camp a hit
Published 9:39 am Friday, June 7, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
For high-school football players hoping to attract the attention of college coaches, LaGrange is the place to be this week.
On Tuesday, the Panthers Prospect Camp was hosted by LaGrange College, with more than 400 high-school players participating in the one-day event.
On Thursday, the two-day Champions Elite Camp hosted by LaGrang College kicked off, with hundreds of high-school players getting the chance to work out, drill, and show what they can do under the watchful eye of college coaches from coast to coast.
Earl Chambers, LaGrange College’s second-year head coach, believes the camps serve as an excellent recruiting tool for the school.
“We had a camp on Wednesday, and we had about 400 kids,” Chambers said. “I think a lot of people don’t know about this area, and once they get here, they’re like wow. LaGrange has some good stuff.”
While watching the players run through the drills on Thursday morning, Chambers said “lf I can get 10 of these kids, it’ll change this entire program.”
Some of the biggest names in the world of college football were represented at the camps this week.
“Over the next two days, it’ll be about 70, 75 colleges,” Chambers said. “Georgia was here, Tennessee is here. Louisville is here. Minnesota will be here tomorrow. We’ve got a lot of Big 10 schools here.”
It’s not just the high-profile colleges that are represented, though, and Chambers made sure to let the players know there’s a place for everybody.
Regardless of a player’s interest in LaGrange College, Chambers said it’s important to “go ahead and establish that relationship now.”
The Champions Elite Camp is divided into four different sessions, and the drills are led by college coaches from across the country, including the staff members at LaGrange College.
While the camp is a recruiting showcase, the players receive plenty of instruction, and Chambers hopes the players take some helpful lessons home with them.
“Anytime you can go to camp, that’s what you’re looking for,” Chambers said. “You’re looking for some instruction. You’re looking to get better. If they can leave with one, maybe two things and go back to their high schools and be successful there, we’ve done our job.”
LaGrange College will host a high-school team camp from July 29 to July 31.
In August, Chambers will welcome his players back to school, and the season gets started on Sept. 7 with a home game against Birmingham Southern.
OF NOTE: For photos from Thursday’s game, check out Facebook.com/LDNSports