2014 Prospect Camp Successful

7.15.2014 | Grayson, KY

Kentucky Christian University took advantage of hosting potentials recruits for two days with a pair of annual events that allowed the high school players to showcase their football skills.

The Knights hosted a record-number 143 prospects from 12 different states during a prospect combine on July 9th. Having grown from 30 in 2011 to this record number in just three years has proven to be a valuable tool in the football program’s recruiting efforts.

During the three-hour combine, prospects received instruction from KCU coaches, ran the 40-yard dash, performed the pro agility, the three cone, bench press, one-on-ones, and specific drill work in the non-contact combine. The camp is aimed to introduce student athletes to the college football experience and is a competitive high tempo atmosphere.

"The prospect combine was a huge success. Many of the players came from a long distance. Many of the players we anticipate coming to KCU next year," said KCU head coach Gene Peterson.

"This was a big day for the football program. Over the last year we have changed a lot of things to do with recruiting and exposure of our great university and young football program. Our goals are to not only be the premier football program in Kentucky but to have KCU a household name of every recruit in the southeast and I think we are starting to see huge successes in these efforts," said KCU recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach James ‘Hoot’ Gibson.

The very next day, KCU held its annual high school 7-on-7 tournament as Betsy Lane High School out of Floyd County, Kentucky, was crowned the 2014 champion out of the eight high school teams that participated. Also playing in the tournament were two teams from Rowan County Senior High School of Morehead, Kentucky, two teams from East Carter County High School of Grayson, Kentucky, one team from Fairview High School of Ashland, Kentucky, two teams from Betsy Layne High School of Betsy Layne, Kentucky and one team from Fleming County High School of Flemingsburg, Kentucky.

"The 7 on 7 tournament ended in great fashion with Betsy Layne High School winning in the final minutes. This was a great day for all schools coming off the dead period. All teams got better by the end of the day," said Peterson.