Football players work out at camp
by Adam Carrington
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Kell quarterback Cameron Rosendahl, a rising senior, was one of the local players who participated Saturday in a USA Football development camp at Lassiter High School.
<Br>Staff file photo by Jeff Stanton
Kell quarterback Cameron Rosendahl, a rising senior, was one of the local players who participated Saturday in a USA Football development camp at Lassiter High School.
Staff file photo by Jeff Stanton
MARIETTA — Cameron Rosendahl set the bar high as a junior, as he had a breakout season in leading Kell to its first berth in the Class AAAAA state semifinals.

Many expect the rising senior to raise the bar as the Longhorns’ projected full-time starting quarterback.

Rosendahl was one of an estimated 300 participants — of which 26 were from local schools — to partake in a regional development camp put on by USA Football on Saturday at Lassiter High School.

Rosendahl said he was at the camp to improve himself for the future.

“You always have room to improve, so I try to get out to these things and try to improve everything and the little things,” Rosendahl said. “It’s my last year in high school, so I’m trying to be as good as I can with my feet.”

There were two sessions of workouts Saturday, and the camp will wrap up with two more sessions today. Practices were broken down by position, where they were evaluated in individual drills, 1-on-1 training and 7-on-7 competition by current college coaches.

Rosendahl split duties as Kell’s quarterback last fall, but after senior Matthew McGuigan hurt his ankle in late October, Rosendahl was thrust into a full-time role. He went on to lead the Longhorns to five straight wins, and he finished the season with 695 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Rosendahl has improved his footwork since the season ended, and he’s also done away with his sidearm motion. He said coaches advised him Saturday to open up his left foot more when he releases the ball.

Furman, Mississippi State, Kennesaw State and West Georgia are a few of the colleges that have shown interest in Rosendahl, though that list may grow by the end of the summer.

Other rising seniors working at Saturday’s camp included Campbell defensive lineman Tariq Gustava, Lassiter kicker Dylan Bass, McEachern defensive back Dylan Hamilton and kicker Fitz Wattley and North Cobb defensive back Avian Proffitt.

Hillgrove quarterback Matthew Wilson, a rising sophomore who may be a candidate to replace Elijah Ironside next fall, also took part in the drills, along with rising freshman Luke Printz. Printz is projected to play tight end at Lassiter, not the quarterback position his older brother, Eddie, starred at before moving on to Missouri.

Hamilton is eager to gain starting position in the McEachern secondary after playing sparingly in the Indians’ run to the Class AAAAAA semifinals last fall. He’s also not ruling college football out.

“One of my teammates told me I should come out, and that it will get me better for my final season, so I can hopefully get somewhere and play at the next level,” Hamilton said. “(The coaches) told me I have great potential and that ‘you can do a lot of things.’ They also told me I needed to work on finishing and staying lower.”
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