Summer is here and It is time to get back to nature and enjoy camping out in the great outdoors. And nothing is better than camping out in Florida.
The fresh air, the sunshine, the crystal clear springs, the scenic rivers, the wildlife, the friendships made around a campfire, the soft moonlight through the pines, gazing at a majestic, star-filled sky free from the city lights.
The only problem is that you will find none of that on Greentree Field behind the Hecht Athletic Center in Coral Gables. At Al Golden's football camps held at the University of Miami all you really get is a bunch of athletic, hot, sweaty young men either intentionally running away from or deliberately running into each other a hundred times over.
So unless you are an ambitious high school football player hoping to get a scholarship offer from "The U" we recommend that you simply stay inside the comfort of your air conditioned home in sunny, hot and steamy South Florida.
But what it really comes down to is that is exactly what the camps are intended to do: Determining which high school football players players are deserving of playing for Miami , are likely to get a scholarship offer and will wind up wearing The U on their helmet in college.
Last year around 70% of the players signed by UM camped in Coral Gables. This year one very special UM football camp partcipant this year is Ventura, California QB Ricky Town.
You see it just so happens that Ricky's dad happens to be good friends with a long time Canespacer (who shall go nameless). So we thought we would give him some face time here on Canespace since he is attending the Al Golden Football Camp this weekend.
Teams like Miami, Alabama, Stanford, Boston College and many others are attracted to both his excellent athletic skills and his sterling 4.0 GPA.
Obviously a very smart and talented player, there is a lot to like about Ricky Town. Here are some video highlights of Ricky Town at practice:
Town is a still developing 6'-4" 190 pound quarterback who can fling it with the best of them. He works a lot out of the shotgun formation with his current high school team and due to his height he has excellent field vision.
He stands tall in the pocket, delivers a very catchable ball and has solid arm strength. He is spending the Summer working on his strength and speed to become a more complete player.
However, Ricky's best quality may be his understanding of the offensive system, scheme and reads. According to our sources he is a student of the game, an avid film watcher and would absolutely smoke ESPN's Jon Gruden in one of his now famous 1 on 1 film Q & A sessions.
Clarkson has worked with many other well known and successful college QBs such as Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen and USC's Matt Barkley. Ricky (seen below with his father) is now reportedly one of Clarkson's proteges and one of the top rated QBs in California.
NOTE: We will have reports from our source inside the Al Golden Football camp later today, but for now we can tell you that Ricky Town was selected camp QB MVP today!