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AU hosts annual football team camp for high school players
7/28/11

Alfred University hosted a football team camp over two five-day sessions in July. Participating high school teams prepared for their upcoming seasons by running practices similar to preseason or mini-camp while competing against other high school teams.

Players from Central Square, Chautauqua Lake, Corning, Victor and Webster Thomas high schools in New York and Raritan (NJ), attended the first week (July 10-14) and Cornwall, Maple Grove, Bath, Geneseo, Dansville and Canisteo-Greenwood high schools (all from New York State) attended the second week (July 17-21).

"It’s been a terrific camp," says AU Head Football Coach Dave Murray. "It’s one of those things we’re really happy with. It started out as a very small camp with just a couple schools and has grown to become what we consider to be one of the better summer football camps on the east coast."

The camp, in its 14th year, has grown tremendously since its inception in 1998, when 24 Raritan players attended. According to Murray, over 300 high school athletes and over 50 high school coaches participated in this year’s camp.

"We’ve been able to attract some of the best high school programs in New York State and New Jersey," says Murray. "The schools that come are not only outstanding schools, but they have outstanding football programs."

Murray says players look forward to keeping in touch with each other after camp ends. He says teams come back to campus to watch Alfred games in the fall and he tracks how the programs perform.

"People like to be surrounded with other good people," says Murray. "I think a lot of great relationships have developed from kids from different high schools."

Murray says coaches talk about the camp with other coaches and several current and former Alfred players participated in the camp in high school, including current starting quarterback Tom Secky and former All-American wide receiver Jared Manzer.

"Coaches and athletes really seem to enjoy Alfred," says Murray. "It’s an outstanding recruiting tool. We have had a lot of great players play for us that come from this summer camp. It’s great exposure not only for our program, but for Alfred University."