USC players take part in Downey High football camp

DOWNEY - Head Coach Jack Williams and the Downey High School football staff hosted a skills camp this past Sunday, July 29, at Allan Layne Stadium on the campus of Downey High School.The camp focused on speed training, tackling techniques, and offensive and defensive drills. The camp cost was $35.00 and lasted from noon to 4 p.m. The skills camp was open to all youngsters ages 6-14 years who wanted to learn more about football. Coach Williams was very pleased with the turnout and mentioned that there were around "80 young athletes at our camp." Coach Williams said that the camp consisted of current and past Downey players. The current players included Conor Hill, Mark Kozhaya, Jason Thomas, Marlon Duenas and Robert Salazar. Past players were Willie Bobbit, Anthony Gonzalez and Jabari Ruffin. Bobbit will be leaving for New Mexico on Tuesday on a football scholarship, Gonzalez will be leaving for Illinois on Monday on a football scholarship and Ruffin is 20 minutes away on a football scholarship at USC. Past players talked about the importance of school and all take great pride in representing Downey. Ruffin and Bobbit also mentioned how their success was due in large part to the people in the community who helped them in some aspect get where they are now. In addition to Ruffin, USC was also represented by freshman offensive tackle Zach Banner and senior safety T.J. McDonald. Coach Williams concluded by saying, "I wanted to thank all the participants and their parents for coming out for the day. The campers did a great job all day hustling from drill to drill and stayed focused."

********** Published: August 02, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 16