Camping out for the summer

Published: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
  • Editor's Note: Lafayette High School's 6-foot-3, 199-pound Aaron Lindsey is rated as one of the top five senior quarterback prospects in the state. Lindsey is spending much of the summer attending football camps throughout the Southeast. He has agreed to write two diary installments for The Sun. This is the first. The second will run in late July.
    By AARON LINDSEY Special to the Sun In early May I attended the Nike Camp at the University of Georgia with Marcus Edwards from Lafayette, and my cousin, Chris Rhoden, from Baker County. We enjoyed the competition with some of the top athletes around.
    They taught me the proper technique for running the 40-yard dash, which has helped a lot. The information that they sent me about the Nike Camp indicated that one out of every three athletes that go to the camp end up receiving a Division I scholarship.
    At the end of May I left with my uncle, Steve Rhoden, on a tour that would take myself and my cousin, Chris, to 12 universities. We attended the Duke one-day football camp on June 1. I ran my best 40-yard dash at Duke - 4.8 seconds.
    In the next six days we made visits to North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wofford, Appalachian State, South Carolina, Furman, East Carolina, Western Carolina, Wake Forest and Elon. The best looking campus was Duke, while the program that had the best weight room was East Carolina.
    On Saturday the eighth we went to another football camp - this time at Clemson. I met quarterback Pat Carter from St. Petersburg at this camp. He is a really good athlete who was to have been at the Auburn camp, but he was a no-show at the session I attended.
    I believe that the most enjoyable part of the camps I have attended this year are the athletes I have met. At the Auburn camp on the 15th and 16th of June, I met quarterback Will Zavara of Bolles in Jacksonville. Will was my cousin Chris's teammate when he attended Bolles. Will is a very friendly, down-to-earth-type guy. We teamed up passing at the camp. When the Auburn camp ended at noon on Sunday the 16th, we left on the six-hour ride to Mayo. I really wanted a break but I had to attend the Florida camp which started on Sunday and will run through Wednesday.
  • June 18: The Florida camp has been great! I have passed really well and have been in the group with some of the best quarterbacks in the state: (Punta Gorda Charlotte's) Justin Midgett and Steven Moffett of Winter Park. Steven is a really great guy and has been my passing partner throughout the camp. Both Steven and Justin are in Larry Blustein's (of top 100 players in the state, and Justin has committed to Florida.
    At the Florida camp there is a passing game where any member of the team can pass or be a receiver. It just so happened that Steven and I are on the same team. I heard Justin complain that it is not fair, that we have two of the best quarterbacks in the camp on my team. Anyway, tomorrow my team (7-1) will play the only undefeated team (8-0) in the championship. With Steven, I believe we will be hard to beat! (Editor's Note: Lindsey's team lost on a disputed late interception thrown by Moffett).
    (Hawthorne junior quarterback) Cornelius Ingram stopped by our camp on Monday evening and met some of the coaching staff. What an athlete! (During the football season) I just hope my team will be able to beat his team one more time.
    When the Florida camp ends at about 11:30 tomorrow (morning), I will go straight to Ocala where (former Lafayette/Gator/NFL quarterback) Kerwin Bell is holding a camp this week in the afternoons. I really look forward to teaming with my receiver, Marcus Edwards, again. Kerwin will have Danny Wuerffel and Shane Mathews at his camp next week. Hope I can make it to that one.
    I will have Friday off! Sort of. I'll be on the road to South Carolina for a one-day camp. After that, I have camps in July at Florida State and a one-day senior showcase at South Florida. There are several others I want to attend, including Furman, North Carolina State and Troy State. I know that a lot of people think that I am lazy for not working in the summer, but when would I have time? I need to work harder at getting ready for football - (Florida) coach (Ron) Zook said today that football is hard work, and that we would have to work hard to make it. I want to make it... I want to play college football.
  • June 23: (While at South Carolina) I met Skip Holtz, Lou Holtz's son. He is the quarterback coach. I also met Joker Phillips, the new wide receivers coach that came from Notre Dame.
    When Moffet and I started throwing, coach Skip went straight to us. My cousin, Chris, was saying during the warm-up throws, that mine and Moffett's ball would hit way before everyone else's because of how hard we threw. One of the high school coaches that was helping by catching the balls we threw on a mock out route said that we were bruising his hands and he had to be replaced. It was a very fun camp and I enjoyed meeting the coaches, they seemed to like me, too.
  • June 27: I am finally going to have a break longer than a day long. Just yesterday, I finished my last day at the BMW camp. In a distance contest, I had the longest throw of 63 yards, and that was flat-footed without a drop.
    Visiting all of these campuses and attending all of the camps has really been an experience for me. I never really knew how many different schools were actually out there, and when you live in Florida all you really think about is Florida, Florida State and Miami.
    An example is South Carolina, not a lot of people know how big a program it is. Their stadium and facilities are out of this world, along with a great coaching staff. I attended South Carolina's camp with my cousin again (it's like I see him more than I see my parents), and I met up with a new-found friend of mine, Steven Moffett. It's great to team up with him.
    QB drills Aaron Lindsey's June camp schedule: n Duke: June 1
  • Clemson: June 8 n Central Florida: June 13
  • Auburn: June 15-16
  • Florida: June 17-19
  • Kerwin Bell: June 19-20
  • South Carolina: June 22
  • BMW: June 24-26
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