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Penn State Football: Skills Camps And Coaching Clinics Keeping Franklin and Co. Plenty Busy This Summer

by on March 22, 2014 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: This is the laterst in a series previewing Penn State football, part of Onward State and's countdown of insight and analysis about head coach James Franklin and his team heading into the Blue-White Game on April 12. Read the previous stories here.

The Blue White game is all about getting the current Nittany Lions ready for the season. Summer camps? Those are all about finding future Nittany Lions that might one day play in the Blue White game as a Penn State student athlete.

James Franklin and his staff released information about the camps earlier this week and it should be another jam packed summer for kids interested in attending with eight separate days of skills camps.

Senior Elite Camps will open up the summer on June 8 and will be held again on June 22 and then yet again on July 19. These events have been important to Penn State's recruiting process in past years as prospects have been given scholarship offers and some have even committed following the conclusion of the camps.

June 20 and July 20 will be held as a Junior Elite Camp to begin working with some of the nation's top junior prospect. A camp for specialists like long snappers, punters, and kickers will be held only once during the summer on June 22. It's open for 9th-12th graders.

The summer skills camp season will also include a 7-on-7 camp on July 17 and 18 as high school teams put their talents to the limit against other high school 7-on-7 units.

Information about all of these camps is posted on

But that's not all.

Head coach James Franklin and his staff will welcome high school and middle school coaches for the Penn State Football Coaching Clinic, set for April 4-5 on the University Park campus.

The clinic will feature two days of lectures and demonstrations by the Nittany Lions' staff, led by Franklin. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and offensive coordinator John Donovan will also make presentations to the clinic attendees. The event will include a networking social and a chance to observe one of Penn State's spring practices.

"We are really looking forward to exchanging ideas and concepts with the coaches from Pennsylvania and the region who have been so welcoming to our coaching staff," Franklin said. "This clinic will allow our staff to strengthen current relationships and foster new ones."

So it's safe to say that when Penn State's coaching staff is done getting its own team ready for the season, they're going to be helping coaches and talented prospects alike get ready for their season as well.

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