Harrison Central High School defensive backfields coach Nekemia Rich was the camp director and says players from the 9th grade through the 12th were eligible to participate.
Rich said, "This camp focuses on skill development but most importantly it focuses on character development. This day and age character development is highly important. We had a number of individuals come talk to these athletes not only about athletics but about character."
John Duning is entering his senior season at West Harrison High School. His goal is to improve his chances of receiving a major college football scholarship.
The 5-foot-11, 160 pound Duning excelled at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for the Hurricanes last season. He says this camp has made him a better football player.
"Made me quicker, faster and different things," Duning stated. "When I go to the college level, the drills the coaches ran up through will help me make it to the next level."
Duning's teammate at West Harrison...DaKevian Magee plays running back, defensive back and is an excellent kick return specialist. What he did he learn from the NFL High School camp:
Magee said, "As far as running backs go, I learned how to keep the ball high and tight. I won't fumble as much."@
Ashton Serpas of Harrison Central said, "Just trying to learn a couple of drills that can help me in the off season this year."
ReJohn Franklin is a 6 foot, 240 pound running back-linebacker at Harrison Central said, "I learned how to keep my feet up. Learned how to hold the ball tight, up high
This camp stressed academics giving them SAT/ACT information and time management instruction.
Former Harrison Central, Gulf Coast and Mississippi State standout receiver Tony Burks served as one of the coaches at the camp.
Burks said, "It will help with their development and character as well as a technique they can carry into the season as well as become a better man.
A special thanks goes out to the Mississippi National Guard who donated their time and efforts to make the camp a success.