E-MAIL FROM SHAWN DONALDSON ABOUT CAMPS

SHAWN DONALDSON

We have told you about the importance in summer football camps in the recruiting process. It can also be a major help in improving your skills. Hear what one recruit is saying about his time at camps this summer

Mr. Berk,
     I attended 10 Senior Football Camps this summer, and the  practice drills they have definately make you work. When I started my High School camp two weeks ago, I thought it seemed easier than it did a year before. Who knows if it is just more experience, or becuase of these camps I went to. 

My opinion, I think its the camps I've been to. It has expanded my knowledge of what college recruits look for and what they expect. Being around other recruits, you can easily see why they are there. They are the best of the best. Being to camps like Ohio State, West Virginia, Louisville, and Kent State, you pick up little things along the way. I'd have to say the most demanding camps were Louisville and West Virginia. Another thing that caught my eye, is the tempo of the collegiate level. I had to work so much harder in the camp, everything is just so much more excellerated.

During practice at my High School camp, I noticed that it seemed easier. The team was in the huddle during a break, I leaned over to my teammate, Dave Filippi, who also joined me in many of these senior camps, and told him, "I think becuase we went to all of these senior camps,it has made a difference in our performance." He agreed. These camps have taught me more things to expect from defensive lineman. I think its made me quicker getting my drop in pass protection as well. All the camps have helped me in some way, and I think I have become a better lineman than I was a year ago. It has also given me major exposure to many schools. The best advice to underclassmen that are getting recruited is GO TO AS MANY SENIOR CAMPS AS POSSIBLE!! You will be glad with the results once you are done. I know I am.

Well, I have to go now, I have to get some sleep because I have
two-a-days beginning tomorrow morning.

Sincerely,
Shawn Donaldson

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