Three major players in the Clay High historic state championship playoff run of 2013 connected with some quick decision-making to be part of a top-drawer football camp in historic AT&T Stadium, home of the National Football League Dallas Cowboys.
Tom George, an offensive coach for the Clay High football team who was part of that high-flying offense led by speedster quarterback Wes Weeks that finished at 11-5 with a Class 5A championship loss to American Heritage, directs Camp Impact in the historic stadium and has on his roster two players from the Blue Devil 2013 team; Jeremy Peters and Sean Grayer, both recent college graduates.
George, who followed his two sons; Nick, center, and Brandon, quarterback, both who played at University of Central Oklahoma, put some quick thinking to work to piece together an opportunity to host his June 26-28 Camp Impact in the historic stadium.
“I had done a YouTube motivational video on the advice of some friends and things rolled from there,” said George, who coached an Oklahoma football high school to a state title while developing his football academy. “I’ve humbly had the ability to get young men to respond to me and maybe my military background is part of that that gives me the will to develop men outside of just football. The video put me in a room with the Dallas Cowboys who invited me to speak, then to host my camp in their stadium.”
George’s camp will involve a roster of coaches, athletes and advisor that come from various backgrounds and levels of football experience. George’s various camps ranged from a 18 athletes in a beat-up soccer field in Oklahom, a 6A high school and last year, we were at Oklahoma Baptist University, a large, NCAA Div. II college. Now, we are in Cowboy Stadium.”
Peters and Grayer, will join George in Dallas with two prongs of motivation; give young athletes some experience-earned advice on making football’s next levels; high school to college, college to the NFL, and also to, according to George, to put athletes in front of NFL-level executives and coaches for a conversation that may spur interest for a possible summer camp invite.
For George, son Nick, who graduated UCO, has had recent interest from Canada with the Calgary Stampeders offering a tryout. Brandon, with three more years of eligibility due to injury, is slated as a starter at OCU with probable graduate school eligibility. Brandon George played quarterback at Green Cove Springs Junior High and traveled to Oklahoma with his dad with Nick also part of the Clay 2013 team as center.
Both Peters and Grayer have been grinding in the post-college race to snag an NFL camp invite with both getting interest.
Peters, a defensive secondary athlete who finished a strong career for Liberty University in 2018 where he was a captain and was intstrumental in a 2017 Liberty upset of Baylor University. In that Baylor upset, Peters led Liberty’s defense with six tackles. “Coach George has been with me since my high school days and has advised me throughout,” said Peters, 23, and a 5’-10”, 195 lbs athlete with 61 tackles in his final season.
“Coach George had a camp in Oklahoma City last year that I was part of. We try to give high school kids some college experience and what to expect along the way.”
Peters NFL experience included workouts at Liberty on his Pro Day with some phone calls afterward showing interest.
“The university sets up the Pro Day for their seasons and I was getting some feedback from the Los Angeles Chargers, but that didn’t go as plan,” said Peters, who ran a 4.49 second 40 yard dash. “I did a tryout for the Canadian League with Winnipeg after the Chargers.”
Peters recently signed with an agent to move along his prospects.
“I’m going up to Nashville to workout on camera with the agent,” said Peters, who also works as a delivery trainer for Amazon in Atlanta. “That’s a way agents can network out to their people.”
Liberty entered the FBS (Florida Bowl Series) in 2018 and finished with a 6-6 record including a Cure Bowl win over Georgia Southern University.
Grayer, a pass rushing defensive end with the ability to stand up and enter defensive coverage, finished up also in 2018 at the University of South Alabama after three solid years of big-time play for the Jaguars. Grayer
“Last year, I had my Pro Day at South Alabama with workouts for the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Rams,” said Grayer, 23, at 6’-2”, 230 lbs., who finished 2018 with 28 tackles, five tackles for losses and two sacks. “They were working me out as a linebacker; like a Sam Linebacker where I can cover and possibly get down in three point stance, stunt and rush the pass. I kind of did a little of both at South Alabama.”
Grayer, with a 4.8 second 40 yard dash on his resume, has some college professional ball in his list as well.
“The NFL guys like my style and skill set, but my film at linebacker was limited from South Alabama,” said Grayer. “The NFL is a tough business. I had a contract for a South Dakota Arena Football team, but I moved to Atlanta to pursue some business. I’m still looking to get into the NFL. That’s the dream.”
Scheduled for June 26-28 in Dallas, Camp Impact is designed to bring prospects, coaches and mentors to one spot.
“I call my guys mentors, not counselors,” said George. “I bring in a lot of college guys like Jeremy and Sean and get them in front of NFL coaches and agents and maybe there is a longshot, but it can build a relationship for them while giving some mentorship to a younger athlete.”