Camping season

High school recruiting camps aren’t the only camps going on these days as several former USC players who are now in the NFL returned to their Southern California roots this weekend to hold camps for young kids.

The Baker-Kalil camp was conducted at Centennial HS in Corona by former Trojans offensive linemen Sam Baker (Atlanta Falcons) and Ryan Kalil (Carolina Panthers). It’s the fourth year that the duo has held the camp. Previously it was held at Kalil’s high school, Servite in Anaheim, but this year it was held in his hometown of Corona.

Among the counselors at the camp were Kalil’s brother Matt, a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings this year, and their former USC teammate and roommate Kyle Williams (formerly of the Seattle Seahawks). Also in attendance from the Panthers were running back Jonathan Stewart and offensive lineman Jordan Gross.

New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas held his camp for the fourth year in the Inland Empire area. This year it was at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. Thomas missed the 2011 NFL season after suffering a knee injury during the pre-season and he was forced to watch as his teammates captured the Super Bowl trophy with a victory over the New England Patriots.

Thomas was joined at his camp by current teammate Justin Tuck as well as Denver Broncos offensive lineman Ryan Cady. Thomas talked about his comeback from his knee injury in this story from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_20927202/terrell-thomas-holds-annual-camp-alexander-clady

The Matt Leinart camp was held at Concordia University in Orange County and featured a speaking appearance for the campers from current USC quarterback Matt Barkley. The Leinart camp is a three-day event which will conclude with a flag football tournament and the Matt Leinart Bowl.

Leinart - who is now with the Oakland Raiders - also conducts a flag football league each year in Southern California as well as the full contact Urban Youth Football League for inner-city kids.