High school football season is still almost 50 days away teams and players from around Virginia, and some from outside the Commonwealth, got a chance to show off their talent Saturday at the Mike London Football Camp 7-on-7's and Big Man Clinic.
"There's a lot of great talent out here," London said. "The opportunities we wanted to present to high school coaches in and around the state from Georgia, Carolina, all over the place is to come here and let their players be taught by our coaches and college coaches and high school staff guys and also compete."
Over 40 teams attended the 7-on-7 Camp from as far away as Pennsylvania and Georgia.
They took the fields at The Park and U-Hall practice field to compete in tournament-style action.
Two local teams, Western Albemarle and Charlottesville, participated in the event.
Western is the reigning Jefferson District champions, winning the title in head coach Ed Redmond's first season with the team. Redmond brought the Warriors to camp last season and had them back again Saturday.
"You know it's a good start. It's a good start. Our kids, the first thing I look for is that they compete. They challenge themselves to try and be better than their opponent," Redmond said.
Redmond is the envy of coaches around central Virginia because the Warriors will bring back the reigning Offensive Player of the Year in quarterback Kent Henry.
The senior took full advantage of the camp to work on creating chemistry with his teammates.
"You know we've been working all spring and it's nice to finally come out here and put all the parts together and see how it's working," Henry explained. "We've got a few new kids coming out. Just put the athletes on the field and let them prove themselves for the season."
The team Western knocked out of last year's playoffs, Charlottesville, was also at the camp. Eric Sherry's bunch made its first playoff appearance in over a decade and the Black Knight head coach is hoping today's effort is another step in making the team a consistent winner.
"Most spring times you get involved in 7v7's, tournaments, any type of competition like this," Sherry said. "Obviously this being held in our backyard, it's a good thing for us to be here and see what we can do."
Meanwhile the Big Man Camp offered over 200 offensive and defensive lineman from Virginia and outside the Commonwealth a chance to take part in drills and "one-on-one" competition, all under the watchful eye of London and his coaching staff.
One of those defensive players, Jeremiah Clarke, is a highly sought-after defensive end from T.C. Williams.
He's rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and lists UVa, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Miami among his suitors.
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