Summer football camps successful

Around 300 high school football players from Louisiana and surrounding states participated in summer camps. In June, the Grambling State Tigers held three one-day football camps throughout the state of Louisiana.

“We had a magnificent turnout,” said Director of Football Operations Ricky Jackson. “After a great showing like this, we want to make sure that each camp is better and better.”

The last time the football program hosted a camp was in 2012 under the leadership of former head coach Doug Williams. In the future, Jackson said, the program plans to add more locations  like Shreveport. He said the possibility of bringing the summer camps to another state has been mentioned as well.

Associate head football coach Robert “Mickey” Joseph believes that each camper had a great learning experience at the summer camps. The New Orleans native said the camps were organized for campers to engage in a lot of footwork and to test their knowledge of football.

“I think they all really benefitted as far as the mental part of the game,” said Joseph. 

He said even though youngsters can play the game physically, having the mental ability to play is a key component in football.  Joseph said he saw the competitiveness in the campers who attended the camps.

“I think some of them showed us that they were ready to play college football and help themselves get on the recruiting list,” said Joseph.

During the camps, high school players learned the basic fundamentals of football and developed their skills. The purpose of the camp was to give area high school players the teaching and information about how to play the game better. 

Jackson said campers also received details on how to get to the next level and earn an opportunity to play in college.

“There were some competitions for campers to get a chance and compete against other players,” Jackson said.

This summer, the camps were held in Monroe, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. 

For more information on future camps, contact the football office at 318-274-6539.

RICKY JACKSON/Courtesy photo Head football coach Broderick Fobbs talks to campers who attended the Monroe summer camp in June.