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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Some of the area’s best athletes gathered at Topsail High School for a very unique opportunity today. Football players got to strut their stuff in front of Division I college coaches.

Usually high school athletes looking to play at the next level would have to go to a college camp to showcase their skills. Instead Western Carolina came to them.

“It’s an opportunity that some of these kids, I know my generation, didn’t have,” Topsail head coach Bryan Davis said

It is a unique chance for some high school athletes. Their coaches hope they can make the best of the opportunity.

“It’s a good opportunity for our kids, because if we had to go to Cullowhee we wouldn’t be there. It’s just too long to drive for a one-day summer camp,” Wallace-Rose Hill coach Joey Price said.

Instead of spending far more in gas money, players from 21 area teams paid $30 to take part in the camp. With more than 100 athletes on the field, it was an opportunity to see some of our region’s best talent.

“First time working out with them in person, so I’m trying to show them what I can do,” Laney WR Tevin Clay said.

“Try and get a good work out, impress the coaches, trying to impress my coaches that are out here and make a name for myself,” Topsail WR Will Thomas said.

For some players, it was an especially good opportunity.

“It’s a great thing,” Laney SS Matt Hewventers said. “Western Carolina is top of my list, and they’re seven hours inland, so being able to come out here and have them close by is great.”

Western Carolina coaches evaluated the players on their time in the 40-yard dash, shuttle and the broad jump.

The college coaches could not talk about the event. That’s because NCAA rules prevent them from talking publicly about recruiting.


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