High school athletes choose diverse summer activities to build for their futures
With one school year in the rearview mirror and another quickly approaching, high school athletes have only so much freedom during the summer.
Instead of spending their time playing video games, going to the movies or hanging out with friends, these local athletes are finding ways to help others or build for their futures — from teaching their sports to children to learning about potential professions and more.
-- Katherine Dunn and Glenn Graham
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Nevone McCrimmon, Mount St. Joseph football( Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / June 12, 2013 )
Nevone McCrimmon knows that if he wants to play major college football, this summer is a crucial time.
The rising junior, an All-Metro second-team selection at running back last fall, is making sure college coaches know who he is by attending five one-day camps on the East Coast. He is also playing with his Gaels teammates in several 7-on-7 tournaments and is a regular at the Mount St. Joseph gym four days a week for weightlifting and workouts.
McCrimmon landed on some coaches' radar after he led the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in rushing last fall with 1,382 yards on 250 carries.
"This summer is very important for me," he said, "because I made a mark when I led the MIAA [A Conference] in rushing, so I have to keep on working so I can be better than what I did as a sophomore. I believe that the junior year counts, and I have to let the colleges know that. They want to make sure that it's not a fluke, that I did it one year and I can't do it over and over again, so I'm working on getting stronger, faster and becoming a leader for my team."
McCrimmon, 15, has been to football camps at West Virginia, Maryland, Penn State, and Rutgers, and he will head to one more at Wake Forest on July 13.
"At the camps, I'm really working on my 40[-yard dash] time. I believe with colleges, the 40 time is the main focus for them, and I want to run my drills very crisp," said McCrimmon, whose best 40 time is 4.51 seconds.
Football players often receive their first scholarship offers at camps such as these, but he said he is unlikely to commit right away. He would rather wait to see what other opportunities might arise. With a 3.25 GPA, McCrimmon also wants to have a good look at the schools from the academic and athletic perspectives.
With such a busy summer schedule, McCrimmon said he might get a few days of rest but no vacation. He's not complaining.
"Football is taking all my time," he said. "That's what I love to do."