Battle of the Trenches Report

Cleveland East Side alum Taurus Felton had been to several camps through the years and he felt there was a lack of true instructional camps for offensive and defensive lineman. After speaking with other coaches and peers, the Battle of the Trenches camp was born. The first ever BOT event took place on Tuesday on the campus of Hinds Community College.

"It feels great," said Felton after the event concluded. "The turnout was about what we expected for a first year event. The talent level was pretty good. We had some real solid guys who will play division one ball."

One of the 70 plus campers was West Point product Curtis Virges. While Virges already holds a pair of scholarship offers, he attended the camp looking to sharpen his skills.

"I learned to do a better job on my drop step and how to take that outside man," said Curtis. "We worked a lot on pass blocking drills and I really needed that. It was a good camp."

Virges was one of several Mississippi high school products to attend the camp. He believes the level of talent brought a true feeling of competition.

"Most of the gus here wer pretty good," said Virges. "There were some good D linemen that made you have to work. This gives me a lot to work on when I get back home."

The talent pool was not just comprised of home state prospects. Players came from all over Mississippi as well as Birmingham and Memphis.

"We had about 12 to 15 kids from Memphis and those coaches really want us to come up there now and do something," said camp organize Tarus Felton. "We had kids come in from all over and I was glad to see that."

While expansion may be something Felton plans in the future, he has no intention of leaving Hinds Community College and the staff there. Plans are already being made for next year's camp right back on the Raymond campus.

"Coach Murphy and all of the people here have just been wonderful to us," said Taurus. "They did everything we could have ever asked for. I just can't say enough about how accomdating they have been. We are embedded here at Hinds and we look forward to be working with them all in the future."

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