Ft. Worth, Texas – Former TCU great LaDainian Tomlinson returned to TCU's campus this weekend to hold his annual LaDainian Tomlinson Preparatory Academy which hosts student-athletes from grades 6-11.
One-hundred and forty athletes attended the three-day clinic which ended on Sunday. The players received coaching from former NFL and college players in a setting that focuses on assisting players to achieve their maximum skills; athletically and academically.
Among the coaches and Vice-President of Business Development for the academy is former TCU all-conference linebacker Shannon Brazzell.
Thomas gave high praise to the LTPA
For Brazzell and the other coaches, the clinic is about giving the knowledge they've gained through years of experience and helping and hoping that the players learn from it. The players participated in various drills from position drills, team drills and a skills challenge at the conclusion of the camp.
"It's always a blessing for us just to get these kids out here and to give them everything we've got; the knowledge, education and things we've learned throughout life and just pour it into those guys," Brazzell said. "We just hope they take a little of it. Basically, they're the seed and we're the water and we're trying to help them grow. If they can take a little bit of our water and put it on themselves and grow, we're all good."
One player who definitely listened is Alief Taylor safety Kenneth McGruder. The recent Oklahoma State commit is regarded as a Scout.com 4-star and nation's No. 21 safety prospect. Although he's already regarded as one of the top players in the country at his position, he says what he learned from the clinic will definitely benefit his game.
"The camp was very great; they've got a lot of coaches that played in the NFL here and I learned a lot of new things that I didn't know before," McGruder said. "It really increased my game a lot by coming to this camp."
McGruder was one of many talented athletes in attendance that already hold major offers. Other top athletes included TCU commit Semaj Thomas, Ft. Worth Dunbar receiver Devonta Kinney, Lakeview Centennial defensive tackle Jordyn Johnson, Centennial receiver Kaleb McNac, Trinity Valley C.C. receiver Jarvis Baxter, 2016 prospect Camron Williams, Alief Taylor cornerback Remi Olonade, Wyatt offensive lineman Jovan Mosley, Woodrow Wilson receiver Davien Berry and Eastern Hills do-everything Antjwuan Strahan among several others.
Brazzell was impressed with the turn out.
"We had a lot of good athletes come out; we had guys that already have Division 1 offers but it's not about that with us; we just hope they get to college," he said. "But for guys to come to our clinic when they can go anywhere else it's awesome for us. We love to grow guys but also promote those guys in college."
Thomas, the nation's No. 14 middle linebacker prospect and clinic attendee the last two summers says the reasoning to attend the Tomlinson Preparatory Academy is simple; you gain a ton of information.
"It's different from other camps" - TCU commit Semaj Thomas
"It's been a good camp, I learned a lot from it," Thomas said. "It's really exciting; there's a good amount of intensity out there.It's different from other camps I go to because it's a performance camp and you learn a lot of stuff you probably wouldn't know as a new recruit or someone that wants to be recruited. That's what I like this camp; it gives you a lot of information.
"We get the coaches that have been to the league and give us good advice on what to do and what not to do. That's real helpful for me and anyone that wants to take in a lot of information."For more information on the LaDainian Tomlinson Preparatory Academy CLICK HERE