BLAINE, Minn. - More than 200 of the area's best high school football players made their way to Blaine this weekend to polish their football fundamentals.
The two day event at the National Sports Center is one of 30 Regional Development Camps across the country put on by USA Football. The athletes who participate range from 7th to 12th graders.
"It's a great location," says Regional Camp Director Mike Ridings. "This sports facility is top notch, and then obviously Minnesota has great high school football."
The other goal of this camp is to scout potential players who will be invited to come back and tryout for the US National Team. That team goes on to compete against others from around the world.
The USA Football coaches measure the young men based on their skills, but to be invited back, they must present something more.
"We're looking for the right guys," he says. "We're looking for character guys who represent the sport of football."
The players appreciate the offseason chance to sharpen their football skills. All while having the chance to take their talent to the next level.
Eden Prairie High School freshman Namdi Obirazor made the team last year. He's back this year to compete for a spot on the team.
"I just like the coaches," Obirzor says. "When I came here I wasn't very good, and they helped me to get better."