By: Mike Fergurson, Guest Contributor.
Haines City - Mentoring from quarterbacks and skill players to participate at the highest levels of professional and college football will soon be available in Northeast Polk County.
On Sept. 6, Feltrim Sports announced its partnership with Baylin Trujillo’s “Advanced Quarterback Camp” to bring camps to The Feltrim Sports Village inside Balmoral Resort. The camp will be open to children from second grade through high school.
“Feltrim reached out to us not too long ago and I could see the potential,” Trujillo said. “We partnered right there on the spot.”
Trujillo, 27, started hosting camps about five years ago in the Orlando area and thinks the partnership with Feltrim Sports could be a step in launching the camp to one of the more known quarterback camps throughout the country.
The camp, which will cater primarily to quarterbacks, but is open to all skill players and linebackers, will be the first for Feltrim Sports as it is nearing completion of the multi-million dollar sports village, making it one of the premier venues in Central Florida.
“(Trujillo) saw the environment, atmosphere, and facilities that we had to offer and liked what he saw,” said Douglas Leichner, director of athletics for Feltrim Sports. “He’s very good at what he does. We’re really excited about this.”
The resumes of Trujillo and his fellow coaches speak for themselves. Trujillo played quarterback at the University of South Florida under head coach Skip Holtz before landing at Webber International University and with the National Arena League’s Orlando Predators.
Other coaches include Quincy Carter, Stephen Garcia, Karlos Williams, Nyqwan Murray, Kevin Olsen, Bo Jack, and Garrett Johnson.
Carter was a standout at the University of Georgia and the starting quarterback in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets. Garcia was a three - year starting quarterback at the University of South Carolina and led the Gamecocks to an upset of No. 1 Alabama in 2010 and the SEC East title.
Williams, the current offensive coordinator at Ridge Community High School, scored 23 career touchdowns as a running back at Florida State before scoring a team-high seven rushing touchdowns as a rookie in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills in 2015. As a wide receiver at Kentucky, Johnson appeared in 47 career games and finished with more than 2,000 career yards receiving.
After scoring the game-winning touchdown for Florida State in the 2016 Orange Bowl, Murray led the Seminoles in receiving in each of his final two seasons. The brother of Carolina Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin Olsen played at quarterback at Miami and Charlotte. Jack, a former Florida A&M defensive back, is a speed-training specialist.
“Kids are going to be able to get professional instructions from professional athletes,” Trujillo said. “That’s a big thing. We have guys who have been there and are here to really develop your skills.”
The first camps at Feltrim Sports will be held on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two-day camps are $200 for online registrants and $250 the day of. Trujillo said he plans on hosting four to five camps per year. Those interested can register at www.feltrimsports.com/camps.
Provided with registration are lunch on both days, a camp shirt and drinks from BODYARMOR. Groups who choose to stay on-site at Balmoral Resorts will get a 25 percent discount by using the code, QBcamp. The recruiting service, Ally Recruiting, out of California will be on hand.
”We’re looking to bring high-profile quarterbacks to our facilities,” Leichner said. “We like what he has to offer. He’s a well-known trainer and we look forward to having him on our property.”
Trujillo has trained a number of players currently playing at the college level, including Kent State’s Woody Barrett and Hampton quarterback Deondre Francois, who was a two-year starter at Florida State and the 2016 ACC Rookie of the Year. Tennessee starting quarterback Brian Maurer also attended the camp.
I’m excited to see how this all works out,” Trujillo said. “I really feel like we could be the next (Jon) Gruden Camp. In the future, that could be my territory. You never know where this can go."
About the Author: Mike Ferguson currently serves as the public information officer at the Haines City Police Department. A native of Polk County, Mike previously spent nearly five years as a full-time reporter at The Ledger. Mike contributes to a number of outlets and has work appearing in the Associated Press, Yahoo, FoxSports.com, Athlon Sports and Sports Illustrated online among other publications. Mike earned his bachelor's degree from Florida State University in 2009. Mike and his wife Jennifer live in Davenport, Florida with their two children.