I took a trip down to Norfolk to attend one of Old Dominion’s camps, which is how the story starts:
As foreboding clouds hung overhead, a line of eager football prospects lined up outside Foreman Field on Old Dominion’s campus.
As each registered for the Monarchs’ one-day camp earlier this month, ODU quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Ron Whitcomb went down the line, making introductions, shaking hands and occasionally glancing skyward to see if the rain would hold off — as if it mattered.
“Rain or shine,” he said. “Here’s a fact: Half our games are played in rain.”
On this day, with 100 campers in attendance, maybe 25 of them legit prospects, they’d luck out. The rain that pounded the area the previous night held off.
As Whitcomb gathered the players at midfield, he left them with one message for the day: “Let’s work. Let’s work. Let’s work.”
And with that, the campers dispersed to different parts of the field for the next 3 ½ hours for drills, instruction and evaluation, all part of a camp scene being replayed on just about every campus across the country in the summer months.