SOMERSET, NJ - Cloudy skies and heavy downpours could not stop nearly 100 student-athletes from showing off their skills while gaining valuable exposure to college coaches, during a Let'em Play Football Camp.
Student-athletes in grades 6 through 11, from Franklin and surrounding towns, gathered on Franklin High School's football field Saturday, May 12 to strengthen their technique while being coached and evaluated by college coaches from every level.
"The players who attended were very excited to have the opportunity to perform in front of college coaches while receiving some invaluable insights on the recruitment process," FHS Head Coach, John Paczkowski said.
Some of the schools represented were East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, Kean University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson University.
“The camp gave good advice and opened my eyes to what colleges really look at when it comes to recruiting," FHS Freshman Tight End, Kevin Millman said. "It gave good pointers for the fundamentals of the game that I feel will greatly help me. My favorite part of the camp was the one on ones. The one on ones gave me the opportunity to test my skills against players from different towns."
Attendees also received an education from college coaches regarding off the field behavior and how it can impact the recruitment process. In between drills the coaches had one on one conversations with student-athletes and parents in attendance.
Moravian College, Wide Reciever Coach, Matt Chiappelli said he and other coaches expressed the importance of academics and how to use social media in a "positive" way.
Chiappelli said it is important for players to use their real names on social media, to make it easier for coaches to find them, and to make sure they are putting the right things out there.
"Between Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and other platforms, there's a lot of eyes on you, whether you know it or not," Chiappelli said speaking about potential recruits. "So you got to be constantly aware of what you are doing and how you are portraying yourself whether it is in public or with your close friend group."
Let'em Play Founder Dave LePoidevin said the turnout was great and the level of athleticism by many of the student-athletes was impressive.
"The level of athleticism is tremendous, LePoidevin said. "I wasn't expecting to see that, especially at this stage of the game, early on in the Spring, a lot of guys haven't been doing a lot of football training. Right now today, they look like they are in mid-season form."
LePoidevin feels his camps provide student-athletes with a well-rounded opportunity.
"Between each drill session, we are having all the college coaches talk about the recruiting process, the importance of academics, the importance of character," LePoidevin said. "What they (coaches) look for in a student-athlete, so they are really getting a well-rounded opportunity, not just what they do on the field, but what they do off the field as well."
Many of the players in attendance said they felt having the opportunity to be coached by college level coaches will with the development of their skills.
"My favorite part of the camp was getting the opportunity to throw passes to the players while a mock defense was set up," FMS Quarterback Dylan Millman said. "This gave me the chance to practice making reads and decide when and where to throw the ball, while being coached by a college level quarterback coach. The instant feedback helped me learn and develop my skills. I had a fun time at the camp."
"The camp was great," FHS Junior Offensive/Defensive Lineman Zanthius Sullivan said. "There were a lot of skills that were taught with full explanations. Coaches were very helpful."
About Let'em Play Football
LEP Football was founded in 2007 to provide recruiting resources and exposure opportunities to high school student-athletes throughout the east coast.
In 2011 LEP Football launched its first Football Academy aimed at helping student-athletes train throughout the offseason.
Since then thousands of student-athletes from across the east coast have enjoyed weekly training and exposure camps provided by the LEP Football coaching staff in a controlled, high intensity and positive environment.
It is our goal to continue providing high-level training and proactive recruiting opportunities that help bridge the gap between high school student-athletes and college coaches at every level.
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