High-SchoolFootball: Jefferson High School

Players use camps to earn scholarships

January, 10, 2012
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Pio VatuveiTom Hauck for ESPN.comAfter attending last year's Nike Football SPARQ Combine in Oakland, Patterson (Calif.) defensive tackle Pio Vatuvei landed an offer from USC and committed to the Trojans.
This story originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of ESPNHS magazine.

Heading into last spring, Dwayne Hoilett was an afterthought on the recruiting trail.

Florida International had expressed some interest. Texas A&M and Texas Tech had sent a few letters. But that was it.

Then he went to the Miami Nike Football Training Camp.

Competing against some of the best players in the Southeast, Hoilett took his game to another level. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end showed outstanding speed, strength and pass-rushing abilities, and he walked away with D-line MVP honors.

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