KILGORE, TX (KLTV) -
Gary Patterson and the TCU coaching staff were in East Texas today to put on a football camp for high school players. Its a chance for local talent to make a name for themselves and for Patterson to find the next gem out of the area.
"For us, its come and find that guy that was a three sport guy that maybe hasn't blossomed yet," Patterson said. John Tyler defensive end Jassavia Reese added,"It's pretty awesome to have a big college in East Texas, and I'm hoping to have a lot of fun. I hope 'beast Texas' wrecks it out here.
Patterson has had a fair share of East Texans on his Horned Frogs roster and knows this area turns out some the top football players on a yearly basis. "Number one I think they are tough and hard nosed," Patterson said. "It seems that every school in East Texas has a 4X100 (relay team) that can rival anyone in the state."
Whitehouse linebacker Dominique Hollie added, "You know East Texas is where its at. We play football down here. You dont find any better competition than here."
The camp was held at Kilgore High School and for Bulldog star Kevrin Justice, he takes pride in representing his hometown. "I always want to show who is number one," Justice said. "I do my best to compete and be number one every time." Reese added,"I'm always here to prove that I'm the best and try to win every rep that I get."
Its not everyday high school athletes come in contact with Big 12 coaches, so this is a great chance for them to enhance their game. "Just hands on with the coaches, they kind of teach me some new techniques on defense," C.E. Byrd defensive end Mike Taylor said. "You know have fun against some of the offensive players during the season." Patterson added,"Head coaches, we dont get a chance to get out during the spring so me to get out and meet kids and coaches is a lot more fun to me."
And in the end, its all about trying to get a division one scholarship. "You never know when that first offer or next offer could come out so you always have to put your a game on no matter what," Hollie said.