Hastings College hosts massive 11-man high school football camp
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings College football is in the midst of hosting its 11-man team camp with three sessions being completed Monday. Despite triple-digit temperatures outside, players were still eager to participate.
“This is the first hot, hot day that we’ve had it feels like all summer,” Hastings College football coach Matt Franzen said. “Coincidentally enough, it happens to be the big day of team camp here at the college, but really neat to have as many teams as we have. We have nine teams here. It’s just really neat to have this many kids on campus and it’s a neat time just from an energy standpoint, from a recruiting standpoint for us. And other than the weather it’s been a really neat day.”
Nine teams — eight from Nebraska and one from Kansas — are participating in the camp with over 300 student-athletes involved. It gives local teams the chance to compete against teams that are not in their immediate area.
“It’s great to have some of these schools come out,” St. Cecilia football coach Clint Head said. “We got to play against Nebraska City today. They’re a long ways away, we never see them, so you get to see different people in different towns and different schools run different things, so you get to see a multitude of different things while you’re here.
“Kids are learning how to compete and at this camp especially, being a team camp, we’re learning how to be a team. There’s some expectations that we have coming out of here and our biggest one is that when we walk away that this group of kids is a lot tighter than when they came in.”
Central City football coach Troy Heubert, a former player at Hastings College, echoed similar sentiments.
“Coach Franzen does a great job and the coaches have always done a great job of supporting the coaches and the teams here and kind of letting us do what we need to do to prepare us for fall,” Heubert said. “This is a great opportunity to put the pads on one time in the summer and get after it ... We love coming here. This is our seventh year that we’ve been here and being a Hastings College alum and playing here, I always love coming back. And our kids — this is a great opportunity for us.”
With a plethora of in-state prospects on campus, Franzen said the Broncos’ staff is recruiting their camp hard for the future of Hastings College.
“From a recruiting standpoint, it’s really important,” Franzen said. “We’re recruiting all of the positions, positional players that are here and one of the things that we want to do with recruiting is have a strong presence in Nebraska. We’re evaluating kids and we want them to have a great experience here. Even from the dorms and the cafeteria because those are the things that they’re going to remember going home, but if they have a good time here, they have a good taste in their mouth going home for Hastings College.”
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