High-SchoolCalifornia: Nike Football Training Camp
June, 4, 2012
By Harold Abend | ESPN.com
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSManny Wilkins zips another impressive pass during 2012 Northern California Elite 11 event.The Northern California quarterback prospect, who will be a junior this season, has grown up quickly in the aftermath of a parent’s death plus a move from Texas.
There was no question that Manny Wilkins of San Marin (Novato, Calif.) turned heads with his performances three weekends ago at two elite football camps in the San Francisco Bay Area, but what the 16-year-old didn’t immediately realize was one of the heads he turned was his own.
On a blustery Friday afternoon on May 18 at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, the 6-foot-2, 172-pound Wilkins entered the final drill at the Elite 11 regional quarterback camp already having impressed lead coach Trent Dilfer, other evaluators, and the assembled media analysts.
Danny Moloshok/ESPNHSChris Santini of San Jose Leland stretches out during play at the 2011 Northern California Nike camp.With three major events coming up this weekend in Northern California, it’s time to start looking ahead for what to watch around the state in the coming months before the start of the 2012 season.
1. Why does the Elite 11 tryout, Nike SPARQ Combine and Nike Football Training Camp held in the Bay Area each season seem to be superior to the same events in Southern California?
There’s an obvious answer here and that is simply that the NorCal events are later in the year and therefore gives athletes more time to train for them. There are, after all, many SoCal kids who come up north each year while not as many NorCal kids go down south.