Whether or not the NFL lockout continues, current players who used to play for BYU say they plan on taking part in their annual Next Level Football Camp at Provo High this summer.
Redskin QB John Beck, Bryan Kehl and Fahu Tahi will be part of the camp slated July 11th (4th and 6th graders) and July 12(7th through 12th grades). Other NFL and college players in attendance are Chad Lewis, Reno Mahe, Jonny Harline, Curtis Brown, Cameron Jensen and Ben Criddle.
I spoke to Beck this week for a column on his play-controlled Redskin practices back in Virginia and asked him why this summer camp is important for youth.
“Four years ago when we started it, we always believed there are things young kids can learn that can really help them and have an impact on the way they play the game,” said Beck. “Not everybody has an opportunity to learn those things because of either the coaching they receive or the situation they are in.
“We just tried to create a camp where you will learn things from players who have had those things at a high level, whether it be in the NFL or college. To be success at those levels, you have to learn those things. If you are in elementary school and battling for a spot, you have tons of kids who are trying for that spot and knowing these things will make a difference.”
The camp will feature position skill drills, skills competition, 7 on 7, agility exercises to increase speed and a sit down for speeches from the former and current players.
For more information, the website is nxtlevelfootballcamp.com.