Busy camp season ahead for Boise State football

Coaches and players will work camps in Boise and cities throughout the West.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comMay 24, 2014 

The Boise State football program will navigate the most crowded camp schedule in its history this summer.

The Broncos will offer four camps for young players and gender-specific clinics for male and female fans. Coaches also will work as guest coaches at camps in the Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Spokane metro areas.

It's the latest example of the new, young coaching staff's nonstop effort to build the Broncos' brand.

"We felt like it was important from a recruiting standpoint that we get out and do this," said Brad Larrondo, the assistant athletic director for football.

The Boise State camps also will utilize current players as coaches. The NCAA changed its rules to allow those players to work camps, and get paid for it, this year.

Senior quarterback Grant Hedrick and junior tailback Jay Ajayi, for example, will work with players at their positions in the Elite Camp, when many of the Broncos' recruiting targets will be on the field.

For the most part, juniors and seniors landed the coaching assignments. Seniors were given the first crack.

"A lot of those guys are excited, for a couple of reasons," Larrondo said. "One, our guys live and breathe football. Two, they get to find out a little bit about the coaching aspect. In the summer, they have time to do things like this, to give back. And let's be honest, it's a chance for them to work and make a little bit of money."

Former players also will work the camps. Quarterback Kellen Moore will coach at the high school team camp, and quarterback Bart Hendricks will work the elite camp.

The camps run June 9-18.

During and around that window, coaches will hit the road to work other camps. All 10 will be in Houston on June 7 for the Hardin-Simmons day camp, where the Broncos are the featured coaches. The Broncos also will be represented at the Socal Elite Football Camp (June 20 near Los Angeles), NW Elite Football Camp (June 6 near Seattle), All Poly football camp (June 19-21 near Salt Lake City) and Border League camp (June 17 in Spokane).

Coaches can work other camps as long as they are not hosted by FBS schools, Larrondo said. They get a 30-day window, or two 15-day windows, to do all camp work. Schools can't set up their own camps outside of their home areas.

"This is the first time we've been as aggressive on the camp circuit like this and really trying to be featured coaches at camps in Texas and up and down the West Coast," Larrondo said.

The busy month of camps - at home and on the road - serves two purposes for the program beyond giving coaches a chance to make some extra money.

"It gives us a chance to see players," Larrondo said. "You're constantly recruiting and watching players. The second reason is it's tremendous P.R. We've got young kids coming through here. Even the high school kids coming through here, a lot may not play college football, but they're looking for a college to attend. We're representing Boise State."

Here's the lineup for the camps and clinics in Boise:

Youth Camp

When: June 9-11 (8 a.m.-noon)

Who: Ages 6-13

Cost: $150

Includes: Camp T-shirt, souvenir football

Kicker Camp

When: June 13 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

Who: Kickers entering ninth through 12th grades

Cost: $300

Includes: Instruction from longtime NFL kicker Billy Cundiff, camp T-shirt

Elite Camp

When: June 13-14 (5-10 p.m., 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)

Who: Entering 10th through 12th grades

Cost: $85 day, $150 overnight

Includes: Lodging, meals (two meals for day campers), camp T-shirt

High School Team & Renegade Camp

When: June 15-18 (3:45-9:45 p.m., 7:30 a.m.-9:15 p.m., 7:30 a.m.-9:15 p.m., 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Who: Varsity, junior varsity and freshman players

Cost: $250-$295 per player for teams overnight, $300 renegade overnight, $195 per player for teams not staying overnight, $200 for renegades not staying overnight

Includes: Lodging, meals (six meals for day campers), camp T-shirt

Ultimate Bronco All-Access Clinic

When: June 18 (4:30-9:30 p.m.)

Who: Men

Cost: $575 (boisestatetickets.com)

Includes: Parking, food, non-alcoholic drinks, game-worn jersey, personalized lanyard and credential, Attack the Future staff notebook, 8x10 photo with coach Bryan Harsin; scheduled events include social hour, "This is Bronco Football" presentation by Harsin, chalk talks with the offensive and defensive coaches, facility tour and "On The Blue recruiting experience"

Helmets and Heels Clinic

When: July 29 (4:30-9:30 p.m.)

Who: Women

Cost: $100-$125 (exclusive shirt accounts for the different price categories; will be available at boisestatetickets.com soon)

Includes: Food, no-host bar, chalk talks, facility tour, drill demonstrations

• For all camps, contact Larrondo at blarron@boisestate.edu or 426-3940 for more information. Or visit boisestatefootballcamp.com.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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