For years, college football programs have hosted their own on-campus summer camps in order to evaluate talent in person.
Lately, that trend has extended into satellite camps, which allow programs to host showcase events in other parts of the country.
But for the first time, the state of Oregon is set to host its own camp, the NCAA-approved, “2016 Northwest Collegiate Showcase,” on June 3 at Madison High School.
The afternoon non-contact event (7-on-7 gear, no pads) will feature positional drills and instruction before an elite one-on-one evening session, allowing college coaches to get a clear look at the area’s top talent.
Class of 2017, 2018 and 2019 athletes of all positions may attend.
“They’ve been going on pretty consistently in California and Seattle for the past five years,” EForce Football’s Jordan Johnson said. “A lot of credit to [Madison football coach] Don Johnson. With his contacts he was able to reach out to college coaches and make sure they could be here. We have very talented recruiting classes in 2017 and 2018. When all of that matches up, college coaches want to make the effort to see them.”
EForce Football, Ford Sports Performance and Line Pro, three of the premier private football programs in the Northwest, have already committed to having many of their key athletes at the event, while individual prospects can sign up for $110 per player.
The opportunity to see that many prospects in one place has led to confirmations of attendance from coaches at Boise State, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Eastern Washington, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon State, Portland State, UC-Davis, Washington, Washington State, Weber State and a host of Division II and NAIA schools.
Don Johnson said he expects several more programs to join the fold in the coming months.
As part of the NCAA guidelines, those programs will have at least one coach working the camp, a standard practice over the past few years around the country.
The camp’s aim is to connect the Northwest’s top talent with interest college football programs, while also providing college coaches an in-person opportunity to evaluate targets against other elite talent in the region.
“College coaches have to coach. They come in, per NCAA rules, and be a counselor for the camp,” EForce Football’s Alex Brink said. “We set up the drills and they coach them through the activities they want to see.”
Individual drills will begin around 2 p.m. and the elite events will conclude around 8 p.m.
“It’s one of the only opportunities to get in front of multiple college coaches in person in a competitive setting where they are looking at you from a recruiting mindset,” Brink said.
(Sign up link will be added here Wednesday afternoon)