By:Peter DeVries:|4.0 Sports Media
On the first day of summer kids traveled to Malverne High School in Long Island for the Second Annual Lineman University Football Camp, led by OL/DL University staff Bill Maddox, coach Michael Taylor of the Malverne Wildcats youth organization, and OL/DL University DB specialist Dirk Ward.
OL/DL coach Dirk Ward:” I love to play a part in the development of these kids. One of the things we pride ourselves is being a integral part of making these student-athletes better when they leave our camps. We want them to leave our camps more discipline and understand the importance of being a student of the game as well in the classroom.”
Malverne head coach Michael Taylor on the camp: “I think it was just another great opportunity for kids to get better. We have a lot of talent in this area and nobody recognize our kids in this area, so I want to change recruiter minds that New York is not only recognized for basketball.”
OL/DL coach Bill Maddox: “I have been coaching for a very long time and it all starts with the youth. Our camps are very unique because it stressed a lot of hands-on instructions and one-on-one with our kids. The coaches were fully engaged and that’s what it’s all about, making them better football players but better yet making them better men in society.”
There were a number of recruits who stood out at the camp. Here are a few prospects we highlighted.
Darius Dorsay-Rhule wide receiver put on a show for the coaches, despite his 5-4, 115-pound frame. Rhule, got off with foot quickness and body control. The thing that coaches were impressed with his Rhule eye and hand coordination. As Darius continues to develop, he is going to be a very special player to watch on the Island.” I am glad came to this camp I learned a lot and trust me you are going to see big things from me at the wide-out position.”
Zaire Louis a 5-5, 115-pounder from Malverne (LI.), came into the event as one of the most highly talked about players in the camp. What a difference a year make Zaire struggled with his accuracy at this same camp last year. Louis’s game has mature a great deal from a year ago, he understands coverages and pass protection a lot better. Louis will be a problem this coming season and you heard it first here. “Going to these camps and playing in the IV Star Showcase Game really helped me develope as a football player.”
Justin Costa a 5-5, 160-pounder, had a great day, he shows very good power when run blocking, keeps his feet moving, and does a good job of staying low and getting under the defender. One thing the coaches kept saying about Costa that they love his motor and attitude. “I love to be very physical on the line of scrimmage and this camp is helping me to get better at the point of attack.”
Cyrus Carona a 5’6 150-pounder noseguard from Staten Island, he has good balance and agility from the point of attck, he has the football IQ that coaches like to see in their football player. He has violent hands and great get-off from his noseguard position. Carona is very agile for his size.” I love to be physical so I rely on my quickness and my football knowledge to make plays for my team. I never stop coming on the defensive side of the ball.”
Isaiah Vanterpool a 5’1 128-pounder defense-lineman, he is an effort guy who refuses to stay blocked. He showed great footwork and super strong hands that allow him to disengage to the football. Vanterpool gained momentum and confidence throughout camp and made a name for himself and made a lasting impression on the coaches. ” I am not the biggest player but I play with a lot of heart and desire. I’m working hard now so I can go to school for free.”
4.0 Sports media has covered camps all over the country and we were very impressed with the young men that came out and competed on a hot Monday. Trust me you will be hearing these names in the near future.