Dominate Recruiting football camp attracts scores of players
NFL star Abe Elam, FAU DB Cre’von LeBlanc among special guests at showcase
By Naji Tobias
WEST PALM BEACH – All high school football players really want is to get noticed for their talents.
As far as the Palm Beach County student athletes are concerned, anything that will help them gain an opportunity to play on the next level is appreciated.
Dominate Recruiting, a new recruiting firm that specializes in highlighting high school athlete, hosted its inaugural football camp at Palm Beach Lakes High School in West Palm Beach on April 27. More than 80 players from grades 8-12 came out on the Palm Beach Lakes football field to display their athletic skills.
Boynton Beach sent 20 of its players to the camp, while Clewiston, John I. Leonard (Greenacres) Pahokee, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Park Vista (Lake Worth), Royal Palm Beach and Santaluces (Lantana) were among the teams that featured multiple players as well.
“When I found out about it being at Palm Beach Lakes, I was excited about it,” Royal Palm Beach 2014 ATH Alon Sims said. “I didn’t think a camp like this would be so close to home.”
Campers took part in several drills, including the 40-yard dash, the 20-yard shuttle run, the vertical leap and the power ball toss. Following that was a series positional drills (QB, RB, WR, OL/DL/LB and DB) geared to help improve the players’ fundamentals and techniques.
NFL player and Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach) alum Abe Elam said he was pleased with how the camp turned out.
“Dominate Recruiting is giving the kids an opportunity to enhance their skills and gain some exposure at the same time,” said Elam, whose younger brother Matt, was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the NFL Draft this past Thursday (April 25).
“They all have the blueprint on what it takes to reach the next level. They see the guys ahead of them who have made it to the NFL. It’s all about taking advantage of those opportunities. It’s a blessing for me to be in position to help them out.”
The action concluded with a series of one-on-ones between three different position groups, which included the following: WR vs. DB, RB vs. LB and OL vs. DL.
Following that was a motivational speaking segment that featured the likes of Elam, Dominate Recruiting partners Tarnessa Gaines and D.J. Boldin (younger brother of San Francisco 49ers WR and Pahokee alum Anquan Boldin), personal trainer Gilbert Grantley (Glades Central alum) and Florida Atlantic sophomore-to-be defensive back Cre’von LeBlanc, to name just a few.
“We wanted to give back to our local high school kids, but we really didn’t know how at first,” D.J. Boldin said. “We’re trying to level the playing field for all of the players. We want to build relationships with everyone who’s involved with the high school athletes and help get them the exposure they need.”
Test results will be released in the coming weeks and will likely be sent to national football recruiting outlets such as ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com.
The next football camp is slated for Saturday, June 29 at a location to be determined in the near future.
For more information on Dominate Recruiting and the company’s mission, visit www.dominaterecruiting.com.