Football: Elite Recruits Day Coming in June
Some of the top returning football talent in the Shore Conference should be on display next month at the annual Shore's Best Football Camp in Toms River.
The Shore's Best camp will be held from June 25-28 at Riverwood Park in Toms River, culminating in the fourth annual Chris Melvin Elite Recruits Day on June 28 and Special Teams Solutions camp on the same day.
The Elite Recruits day is invite-only for rising sophomore, junior and senior recruits, and multiple college coaches will be in attendance. Elite Day, run by recruiting analyst Chris Melvin, features one-on-one competitions and combine-like testing (optional) and a media segment. The cost for the June 28 event is $40.
"Every year the camp has grown and so has my Elite Day,'' Melvin said. " Last year's event brought in Mike Basile (Brick Memorial) headed to Monmouth University, Alex Thompson (Keyport) headed to Wagner, DeAndre Scott (Imhotep, Pa.) headed to Arizona State, Shaquille Benjamin (Manchester) headed to Cheyney State, Joey Fields (Monsignor Donovan) headed to Central Connecticut, Daquane Bland-Bennett (Asbury Park) headed to West Virginia Wesleyan, Justin Gille (St. John Vianney) headed to Lehigh, Kyle Carrington (Monsignor Donovan) headed to Liberty, Otis Kearney (Toms River South), Vincent Grasso (Monsignor Donovan) headed to Monmouth, Julanee Prince (St. John Vianney) headed to Sacred Heart and many others.
The Elite Day award winners at last year's camp included Thomson at quarterback, rising Brick senior Ray Fattaruso, a first-team All-Shore selection as a junior, at running back, Fields for wide receiver and quickest at the camp, Jackson Memorial's Marcus Ademilola at tight end, Toms River North rising senior Adam Kakar on the offensive line, Long Branch's Saquan Gwaltney on the defensive line, first-team All-Shore pick Ken Bradley of Jackson Memorial at linebacker, Basile at defensive back, Bland-Bennett as the fastest and Manalapan rising senior Mike Caggiano, a first-team All-Shore pick, won the honors as the camp's top kicker.
"(Shore's Best camp director) Shawn Kennish has run and fine-tuned this camp for the past seven years and my Elite Day along with the Special Teams Solutions have become a bonus to an already established camp."