PLYMOUTH-WHITEMARSH – The three-day camp featured players as far as Detroit and the top NFL personalities were coaches like Ron Jaworski, Fred Barnett, Mark McMillian. Even Mr. Invincible Vince Papale was on hand.
Junior Rank CEO Shaon Berry receives hundreds of clips from talented high school football players from across the country each week. Berry played running back at the University of Pittsburgh. He started Junior Ranks in 2009 to reinforce the importance of character, discipline and academic excellence.
Berry talked about his experience in college, “I played football at the University of Pittsburgh and for the large part I underachieved academically and athletically and I don’t mind sharing that. My mission is simple; develop tomorrow’s role models by effectively profiling, evaluating, recognizing and appropriately rewarding the nation’s top junior student athletes in sports across the nation.”
This weekend Mr. Berry might have seen the best talent so far. “This by far is the most talented camp we had this year. Guys competed at the highest level and we had five All-Americans here.”
One of the players that stood out is Erie McDowell’s Greg Garmon who has 28 total Division 1 offers including Florida State, Illinois, Iowa Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and WVU going into this weekend.
He rushed for 1,225 yards and 11 touchdowns on 141 carries and caught seven passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns as a junior.
The All-American didn’t disappoint, winning the 2011’s Fastest Man award at the Philly camp. He ran a 4.4, 40 yard dash to win the contest.
Garmon talked about winning, “It feels good right now. I’m going to take some smack talk from the players. But this weekend went good.”
But before he was an All-American, Garmon found out he might never play football again.
One of the most recruited players in Pennsylvania was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system while he was a seventh grade student at St. George School.
Garmon’s stepfather said, “We took him in to see the doctor because of a tooth ache. He kept complaining about his hip. So we asked the doctor to check it.”
That’s where the doctor discovered the cancer was in his hip and then moved into his stomach and chest. Garmon had to go for significant treatment.
But nearly five years after he was diagnosed, Garmon is doing more than surviving cancer. He has become one of the top recruits coming out of Pennsylvania. Garmon’s stepfather said, “He’s not only doing it on the field but in the class room too. He knows how important it is.”
Thanks to Josh Funk for providing stats