Top local recruits perform in front of top coaches during day 2 of the All-Poly Camp
Michelle Tessier, Deseret News
CLEARFIELD — It was all about football during day two of the All-Poly Camp as players filled Ellison Park to work on their skills and perhaps catch the eye of attending collegiate coaches.
Now in its 14th year, the All-Poly Camp has risen to attract some of the best coaches — both local and national — year in and year out. Several coaches of note in attendance Friday included USC’s Steve Sarkisian and Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen, among many others.
Sarkisian spent a lot of time with local standouts Osa Masina (Brighton) and Porter Gustin (Salem Hills), both of whom have USC offers, and was otherwise impressed with what he saw.
“I think guys are really well coached out here and most kids are players of really high character,” Sarkisian said. “It’s why I’m out here and I certainly wouldn’t come out here if it wasn’t worth it. It’s been a great experience and I expect to be back here often.”
As for Gustin, he didn’t participate in drills but attended due to wanting to meet with coaches, such as Sarkisian. Masina, on the other hand, did participate despite having multiple offers from top programs across the country.
“It’s just fun and I love football and I love this camp,” Masina said. “It’s a chance to get better, and I love playing with my teammates. It’s not about impressing so much as just playing for me right now.”
Many local coaches were in attendance Friday, including Utah State head coach Matt Wells, who believes attending the All-Poly Camp is imperative.
“It’s not something you should do, it’s a must-do to come out here as far as I’m concerned,” Wells said about the camp. “When you have this caliber camp in your own backyard — it’s just something you have to be at and be involved in. I’m so thankful for the work they’ve done to put this great camp together, and it’s a blessing for me and for the Utah State program to have this.”
Wells is hoping to score big on what looks to be a banner year of in-state recruiting, and most of the top recruits are participating in the three-day camp, such as Corner Canyon offensive lineman Brandon Bowen. Bowen currently holds 10 offers, including offers from Utah State, Utah and BYU.
Other notables included recent Utah commit and Brighton safety Cody Barton, American Fork offensive lineman James Empey, Westlake defensive back Chaz Ah You, Desert Hills linebacker Gabe Sewell and Hurricane linebacker Jeremiah Ieremia.
“I wouldn’t miss this camp for anything. It's summer, it's football, and I love proving everyone wrong about me and what I can do,” said Ieremia, who holds offers from BYU, Utah State, Boise State and Oregon State, among others. “It’s all about balling out. It’s summer, it’s beautiful out here, and I’m having the time of my life.”
Camp concludes Saturday with a full scrimmage between regional teams and an awards ceremony for top performers at the camp.