NORCROSS — Trent Fowler’s measurables are unique.
The difference between the rising Greater Atlanta Christian senior’s GPA (4.23) and 40-yard dash time (4.6 seconds) is closer than most, which makes him the ideal candidate for this week’s Georgia Select Camp, hosted by his school Tuesday through today. The event featured 50 coaches from some of the nation’s top academic colleges, including at least one coach from every Ivy League program, and close to 100 players with high GPAs and test scores.
“Just all the great schools really interested me,” Fowler said of the camp. “I noticed a lot of high academic schools were out here and I wanted to come out and compete in front of them. … It’s just a college experience. We get what they’re teaching and how they want things done. We get things they’re teaching on the field and off the field.”
The Ivy League coaches from Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale certainly drew the attention of players like Fowler, but so did other colleges in attendance like Carnegie Mellon, Colgate, Davidson, Johns Hopkins, Lafayette, Rhodes, RPI, Washington and Lee and many others.
Camp founder Mike Tracy, who organizes the event with former NFL lineman Jeff Dellenbach, has run the event for five years, predominantly in Florida. This week’s camp is the first Select Camp in metro Atlanta, and he said a return to GAC next summer already is on the schedule.
“My business plan when I started this five years ago was to go to South Florida, to go to Texas and to go to Southern California,” Tracy said. “But these coaches, these Ivies, they all wanted to go here. They suggested I come here. It’s great. … I think the coaches, the parents and the student-athletes in the area need to see who’s here. Every single Ivy League college is here. We probably have 10 Ivy League coaches here.
“Pretty much you name the top 50 schools in U.S. News and World Report that play college football and they’re here. And the ratio here is 2 to 1 player to coach. That’s pretty good.”
This week’s camp worked out well for the players, who made impressions on colleges and picked up tips from the coaches. But the college staffers got a good deal, too. They saw a good chunk of metro Atlanta talent in one stop.
“This is a good area for the high academics,” Yale coach Kevin Cahill said. “Our whole league is down here and a lot of the top schools in the country come down here. (College recruits) are all around here. All the counties have them. Cobb, Fulton, Forsyth and obviously Gwinnett is a big one. It’s a big one for our league and for our school specifically. … It’s our first year here and we’re got some good, talented kids. They work hard and you know you’re going to get that out of a Georgia kid. … It’s a really good experience for a kid down here to get all eight Ivy teams watch you play football.”