Football fever got the best of four Pioneers over the weekend as they made the trip to Nashville in hopes of catching the eye of James Franklin and other college coaches.
Upcoming seniors Logan Wanamaker and Lee Carden, along with juniors Tristan Reish and Jarrett Winfree, attended camp at Vanderbilt University to showcase their skills and learn from the popular Commodore coach.
Getting instruction from SEC coaches and going up against some of the best talent in the state gave the four Pioneers a good weekend of work on the gridiron.
It was the third time Wanamaker has made the trip to Vanderbilt for camp and the 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman is hopeful he turned some heads with his play at the camp. With his final season at Warren County coming up, Wanamaker wants to impress so he can continue his career in college.
Wanamaker was pleased with the camp, one where he thought he performed well in individual drills.
“It was a great experience to be able to see what kind of competition is out there, especially the SEC talent involved,” said Wanamaker. “Camp went great and I won all my one-on-one matchups.”
Winfree, another lineman for the Pioneers, echoed Wanamaker’s sentiments when it came to the talent gathered in Nashville.
“It really opened my eyes to what kind of competition is out there,” said Winfree. “I really liked how the coaches took time to help each individual player at the camp.”
Reish, a linebacker and running back for the Pioneers, went to camp in an early attempt to gain some experience going against top talent in Tennessee. The junior took in everything he was told by the coaching staff and can’t wait to apply it when football begins in late July.
“I liked the energy and competitive attitudes of the coaches. I’m excited to use what I learned,” said Reish.
Carden is hoping to build on a solid junior season with more work in the offseason at college camps. Carden was the District 6-AAA Offensive MVP as he split time between quarterback and wide receiver a season ago.
Carden continued to show his versatility at Vanderbilt as he went through several drills, including the broad jump and 40-yard dash. The camp helped Carden continue to hone his skills.
“It was enjoyable. I worked primarily at wide receiver and they gave us drills that you can do to get faster feet,” said Carden.
Carden and Wanamaker each will have a busy summer with college camps. Carden is planning on camping at the University of Tennessee in July and will be attending a passing camp this weekend in Atlanta with senior Pioneer quarterback Hunter Mullican.
Along with going to Vanderbilt, Wanamaker has made trips to Harding University and UTC. Wanamaker plans on going to Tennessee Tech next month.