The St. Louis Rams are hosting three high school football player development camps over the next few weeks.
The camps, which are free and open to anyone entering grades nine through 12, will be from May 29-June 1 at Parkway Central High School, from June 4-8 at Festus High School and from June 18-21 at O’Fallon High School. The camps are from 5-8 p.m. each evening.
The camps will include appearances by Rams coaches, players and alumni, on-field techniques and skill development, life skills/character development, time management instruction and guest speakers. The participants will receive an official HSPD jersey, SAT/ACT information and an HSPD student planner.
The Rams will select 12 participants from the camps that will represent the team at the NFL High School Player Development 7-on-7 National Tournament, which will be held July 12-15 in Indianapolis. Six linemen also will be selected to participate in an event at the 7-on-7 tourney.
The St. Louis entry finished eighth of out 22 teams in the 2010 tournament and lost in the first round of the 24-team single-elimination tournament in Cleveland in 2011.
For more information on the camp, contact Kyle Eversgerd of the Rams at email@example.com.
LAFAYETTE LINEMAN GETS FIRST OFFERS
Lafayette rising senior offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn received his first Division I scholarship offer early last week from Western Kentucky.
“It was honestly unreal to know that I finally had a chance to play D-1 football,” Kuhn said. “It felt unreal. It didn’t sink in really at first.”
A 6-foot-4½, 270-pound offensive and defensive tackle for the Lancers, Kuhn recently received his second offer, from Missouri State.
But that first one is the most difficult, with high school athletes never really being able to know that it will come.
“I was definitely second-guessing myself a lot and getting down on myself,” Kuhn said. “I sort of use it as my motivation to just keep going and try to keep getting better every day.”
Kuhn, who also is a long snapper for Lafayette, has been talking to several schools in addition to Western Kentucky and Missouri State. He’s communicating with Northern Illinois, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern and plans to attend camps this summer for each of those schools as well as Tulsa and possibly Missouri.
You can watch Kuhn’s highlights on Hudl HERE.
TWO TABBED FOR U.S. UNDER-19 NATIONAL TEAM
Fort Zumwalt South’s Chase Abbington and Rockwood Summit’s Eric Beisel have been selected for the U.S. Under-19 National team that will compete at the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Texas in late June-early July.
A 6-4, 210-pound rising senior who has committed to Missouri, Abbington is a running back-safety prospect but was selected as a linebacker. A 6-4, 235-pound linebacker, Beisel is one of the area’s top uncommitted prospects in the Class of 2013.
The IFAF Under-19 World Championship is an eight-nation tournament conducted by the International Federation of American Football. The tournament will be held from June 30 to July 7 at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas.
KICKERS IMPRESS AT SHOWCASE EVENT
CBC’s Matt Hansen, Rockwood Summit’s Cody Edwards, Washington’s Luke Hoemann, Clayton’s Andrew Rudolph and Austin Barnes of O’Fallon all impressed at the National Camp Series/Elite Football Academy showcase at Westminster Christian Academy earlier this month.
Hansen converted eight of his 10 field goal attempts, the highest conversion rate among the kickers at the event. He kicked a 44-yarder and a 43-yarder. Hansen also averaged 55.33 yards per kickoff with a hang-time average of 3.18 seconds.
Edwards made seven of his 10 field goal attempts, also converting 44- and 43-yarders. He averaged 62.5 yards per kickoff with a hang-time average of 3.31 seconds and averaged 39.1 yards per punt with a hang-time average of 4.07 seconds.
Hoemann made six of 10 field goals and averaged 56.5 yards per kickoff with a hang-time of 3.31 seconds.
Barnes averaged 51.7 yards per punt with a hang-time average of 4.24 seconds. He also averaged 61.5 yards per kickoff attempt with a hang-time average of 3.04.
Rudolph averaged 41.6 yards per punt attempt, which was the second-highest mark at the event behind Barnes, with a hang-time average of 4.05 seconds.
Complete results from the event can be found HERE.
Nate Latsch can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org