By Jim O'Hara
ROME--The Shorter University coaching staff will get a glimpse into the future Saturday when the Hawks hold its annual Prospect Camp and take a look at those rising high school seniors and juniors who are looking to extend their playing careers to the collegiate level.
More than 145 players from Georgia and around the southeast are expected to attend the camp that will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shorter’s Ben Brady Field.
“We’re excited about it,” Shorter head coach Phil Jones said, adding that previous camps have been invaluable in discovering recruits who have become part of the Hawks’ program.
“Each year it’s been a positive thing for us as coaches,” said Jones, “and for the players it gives them an opportunity to work with our coaches and learn about our philosophy.”
Under the eyes of Phil Jones and his coaching staff, who this fall will lead the Hawks into their second season as an NCAA Division II program that competes in the nationally-regarded Gulf South Conference, the prep hopefuls will get the chance to show their skills in two segments
The days begins with a morning workout in which they are tested for their speed and agility being timed in a 40-yard sprint and in a pro shuttle, and measured in a vertical leap and a standing long jump.
After a lunch is provided for the players, they return to Brady’s artificial turf in the afternoon and are separated into their respective positions to run through drills under the supervision of a Shorter coach.
Jones, his coaches and the 2012 edition of the Hawks will soon turn their attention to the new season that begins Sept. 7 when Shorter opens what is arguably its toughest-ever schedule heading to Charleston, S.C., to square off against NCAA Division I FCS foe Charleston Southern.
The following week Shorter, which made an impressive Division II and GSC debut last year posting a 6-5 overall record and a 2-3 conference slate, plays its home opener when the Hawks host Division II South Atlantic Conference power Mars Hill on September 12 and then hit the road on Sept. 21 for their first GSC clash of the year squaring off against the defending national champion, Valdosta State.
That is the first of six tests in Shorter’s GSC slate, while the rest of the Hawks’ slate is packed with non-conference matchups including one at Barron against perennial SAC and Division II contender Carson-Newman on Oct. 12.
For more information about the Prospect Camp and about Shorter football go to www.goshorterhawks.com.