Trubisky, Hunt and Build-A-Bridge Football Camps Are a Busy Week in Lake County | brown

There is no shortage of football camps in Lake County this week.

Whether it’s for young boys and girls or high school football players looking to perform in front of college football coaches, there will be something for everyone.

Two of the all-time greats of their high school playing days – Bills graduate mentor Mitchell Trubisky and Willoughby South graduate Kareem Hunt of the Browns – are hosting their youth camps this week.

Mid-week, a big event in Willoughby South – led by Cleveland Heights coach Kahari Hicks with help from Rebels coach Matt Duffy – will host more than 30 College football staff from Divisions II and III and probably over 200 high school players. of northeastern Ohio and beyond.

The start of the football season is fast approaching, and this week is a reminder. Here’s what to look for:

Camp Trubisky: Known for years as the Mentor Youth Football Camp, Trubisky’s name was added in 2017 when he was the Bears’ second overall pick.

Trubisky is now with Buffalo as a replacement after signing the offseason as a free agent.

The three-day football camp – for girls and boys in grades 1-6 – will take place June 21-23 at Jerome T. Osborne Stadium. Each day will include a three-day camp experience that includes instruction on offensive and defensive positions, special team instruction, tests (40, shuttles, landing) and touch football team competitions.

Mentor football coach Matt Gray said all places in the camp are sold out.

The camp is dear to Trubisky, who attended as a young player who grew up in Mentor. A year ago – like almost everything else – the camp was canceled due to COVID-19, but the camp and Trubisky are back in 2021.

Build-A-Bridge Demonstration Camp: When Hicks launched his “Build-A-Bridge” initiative and created recent events in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the goal was to bring together coaches, players, parents, administrators and members of the predominantly black and predominantly white team community.

The mission is to “empower, develop and unify programs in Northeast Ohio, regardless of race, class and creed.”

Hicks will continue the event at the Hall on July 1 with an assortment of teams from Northeast Ohio, but he added another event to the record.

On June 23 at Willoughy South, the Build-A-Bridge Showcase Camp will host a combo-type event for more than 200 college football prospects looking to grab the attention of a crowd of coaches from Divisions II and III of the Ohio, as well as others. outside of Ohio.

Hicks’ goals for the event were to keep the cost of camp – $ 20 – at a reasonable rate, and to have as many coaches at the event to help make up for the recruiting efforts that were wiped out over the course of of the past year due to COVID-19.

“It’s essential,” Hicks said of the varsity coaches in the smaller divisions who have performed for the past year. “COVID-19 changed recruitment for three years, and it had a serious impact on the 2021 and 2022 classes.”

Some of the coaches confirmed to be attending include John Carroll, Notre Dame College, Lake Erie College, Ashland, Case Western Reserve, Baldwin Wallace, Mount Union, Oberlin and others. Hicks said 36 coaches are expected to attend.

“A lot of players and parents are desperate to market themselves,” Hicks said. “(The coaches) recognize that there will be good players out there and this is Ohio. There is good football being played here.

Hicks said more than 150 players – mostly from the 2021 and 2022 classes – have registered for the camp, which begins at 4 p.m. with registration. The exercises begin at 5:30 p.m. and will last two or three hours, depending on the final number entered.

The session will include 40-yard scorecard timing, agility circuits, position drills and 1-on-1s.

To register for the camp, go to:

Hunting camp: The Browns running back holds his first-ever camp in northeast Ohio where he was a record running back for the Rebels.

The two-day camp will be held June 24-25 at the South Football Stadium for boys and girls in grades one through eight.

Seating for the camp is available, according to South football coach Matt Duffy. To register, go to:

The cost is $ 100 for each participant, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Willoughby South Sports Boosters. Each camper will receive a t-shirt, a student pass to all of the Southern home football games in the fall and a signed photo of Hunt.

“It’s huge for him,” Duffy said of Hunt. “He loves giving back, and that means even more to working with young children. It’s right in his wheelhouse.

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