College camps go beyond combine numbers

With the NCAA's fairly new rule (August, 2006) prohibiting Division I coaches to attend or host high school football combines, college football camps have now become the staple to evaluate and showcase talent for prospective coaches and prospects. Camps actually provide a more conducive setting for both player and coach to become aquatinted and appear to be more subjective to see if the college or university is the right fit for both parties.

While camps are instrumental from a recruiting standpoint, their original premise of enhancing the players' skills through quality college coaching is still a very important commodity. Recently, we were fortunate to spend a few days at the University of Florida's Gator Junior and Individual Camp to observe the effectiveness from a recruiting perspective.