LaFayette High School hosted a two-day NFL High School Player Development (HSPD) skills camp last week at Bulldog Stadium. The HSPD aims to develop productive members of society as well as good football players, according to the organizations website. They use the newest techniques and instruction from a wide range of colleges and high schools and look to constantly improve the fundamentals of the game.
In addition to LaFayette High, varsity and junior varsity teams from Valley High School and Russell County High School were on hand to participate and each squad was split into two units for drills.
First year LaFayette coach Diaello Burks organized the camp which included 7-on-7 passing drills and games for skill players and a newly introduced lineman skills challenge.
Since linemen don’t have a roll in the 7-on-7 games, they instead participated in agility drills and on improving quickness and power. The skill players took part in several passing drills and concluded the camp with a 7-on-7 tournament. Valley (team 1) placed first in the varsity tournament, while Russell County won the junior varsity bracket.
“I thought it went very well,” Burks said. “It was a productive camp and allowed us to get a good look at a lot of different people on our team. It’s great because it gave us a chance to go against other teams, because it can get boring going against the same people over and over throughout the summer.”
The National Guard, a sponsor of the HSPD program, had a presence at the event. They had several displays including a football toss and obstacle course, and representatives spoke to the athletes.
Burks said the Bulldogs next camp could come soon. They are making plans to attend a similar camp at Russell County on July 11th. In the meantime, LaFayette will continue their off-season strength and conditioning program.