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QB camp for kids well received
David Sills is an 11yearold quarterback with the best arm money can buy.
He is getting private lessons from the coach who helped Matt Leinart win the Heisman Trophy and Ben Roethlisberger lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to the 2006 Super Bowl championship.
Steve Clarkson's Air 7 Quarterback University aims to draw elite youth passers intent on winning college scholarships. For as much as $1,400,[url=http://www.floware.fr]michael kors paris[/url], quarterbacks receive instruction from some of football's top passers and coaches as well as conditioning experts during two weekends of work. The aim is to give them the physical and mental tools needed to lead an offence.
Sills, whose NFL quarterback idols are Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, has high aspirations.
"I sometimes try and think about wearing one of those jerseys," he said. "I want to go all the way to the NFL."
Clarkson, 45, draws his company name from the San Jose State University jersey number he wore as a threeyear starter at quarterback. Losman and incoming Notre Dame freshman Jimmy Clausen to Sills, who will enter the fifth grade this fall.
Clarkson tutors about a dozen clients at a time, charging $3,000 plus expenses to be flown in for one evaluation. If he agrees to continue, it's an additional $1,000 per fourhour lesson as they chase dreams of NFL careers.
"It's a oneinamillion shot," David Sills IV, the young quarterback's father, said in an interview. "But if you don't take a shot, you're never going to get there."
Sills, who owns a commercial construction business, insists he isn't trying to live his dream through his son.
"My dream is to go play golf," he said. "I've told my kids, 'If you want to do something, I'll give you every opportunity that I can give you, but you have to do it 100 percent. I can't do it for you.' "
George Gardner, a director of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society in Boston, questioned whether youngsters should be so focused.
"Starting kids on that track at that age group and having them specialize tends to end itself in all kinds of issues with burnout," he said. "To specialize kids at the age of 13, 14, 15 is really over the top."
In addition to Leinart and Roethlisberger, Clarkson's guest lecturers include Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, whose children have attended the camp.
Air 7 rates, at $1,400 for four days, are higher than those at other camps: The Manning Passing Academy, run by former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and sons Peyton and Eli, charges $495. The fourday camp for all offensive positions, held once a year in Louisiana, says its campertocoach ratio is better than 101 and features instructors including former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms and Marvin Harrison, one of Peyton Manning's receivers with the Colts.
Air 7, which invites wide receivers to attend at a discount so the quarterbacks have someone to throw to, has drawn an average of 104 students, most in grades 8 to 12.
Rutgers recruiting coordinator Joe Susan, who attended part of Air 7 as an observer, said any exposure to young football players is good for the school. Yet he cautioned about participating in too many camps.
"I've seen that happen where a kid throws too much and he goes into his senior year with a dead arm," Susan said.
Young Sills, who would be a college senior in 2019, has been to four Air 7 camps this year and said he expects to attend two or three more, along with the private tutoring, as he builds toward his dream career.
Clarkson said his camps are "without a doubt" the most expensive of their kind. He says the 5to1 ratio of campers to coaches, plus the experience of the coaches, makes it worth it.
"They look at the sticker shock and say, 'Oh, my god,' " Clarkson said. "But then they come through it and say, 'Not only was it worth it, but we're going to do another one.' "
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