Keiser Football Camp A Local Success For Gridiron Athletes

Wellington receiver Brandyn Butler tries to avoid a tackle after a catch.

The Keiser University football program hosted its annual team football camp from Thursday, June 13 through Saturday, June 15. A total of 12 teams participated in the camp. High school football programs traveled from as far as Naples to take part in what has become one of the more respected camps in South Florida.

“We had a total of 12 teams combined with overnights and commuters,” explained Seahawks head coach and camp director Doug Socha. “It has grown a bit, and I believe our staff does such a great job with making these teams compete in different situations, such as third downs and red zones. They love it.”

Over the three-day camp, teams competed in full-contact scrimmages, while offensive units were tested in third down circumstances. Red zone exercises were also incorporated where teams had four downs to score from the 20-yard line.

Another favorite drill was the third down at the 10-yard line; offense squads had just two downs to score from the 10-yard line. The exercise generated enthusiasm from the sidelines while all the teams competed in a rotation.

“The goal is for these teams to leave here a better football team,” Socha said. “We love it because we can evaluate some awesome talent.”

Palm Beach County teams that entered the camp this year were Boca Raton, Palm Beach Lakes, Palm Beach Gardens, Santaluces and Wellington high schools.

Since South Florida is a hotbed for high school football talent, drawing the attention of colleges from all over the country, teams use camps to stay in tune with player personnel and coaches. The additional summer training keeps them focused and prepared for the competitive fall season.

One returning team to the Keiser camp, the Wellington Wolverines, has taken advantage of the quality camp put on by Socha and his staff.

“We expect to get more full-padded team reps, get second and third teasers more reps and gauge what we need to work on,” Wellington head coach Tom Abel explained. “It is very beneficial for us to have a great full pad team camp in our backyard because it is easier for our team to get to. Keiser is a great team and organization, and we are blessed to be a part of it.”