May 18, 2006

Helu shines at Nike combine

In the vast throng of student-athletes lined up one-by-one for the Palo Alto NIKE camp at Stanford Saturday morning, San Ramon Valley tailback Roy Helu stood quietly in the 500 plus person crowd as one potential prospect after another waited patiently his turn to get their hands and feet in the various workouts.

"It was pretty exciting," he remembered. Considering how large the field is for a camp like this, it's not easy to stand out above the pack. For the 5-foot-11, 207-pound Helu however, "standing out" was exactly what he did. Bear Territory caught up with one of Northern California's top backfield threats to get his thoughts at the camp.

If you ever get a chance to attend and witness a NIKE camp one of these days, you'll soon see why California is annually home to one of the most talent filled athletes in the country and why coaches from all across the nation flock to the Golden State for recruits. Last Saturday on the Stanford campus, over 500 student athletes strolled into the combine-like setting one-by-one dressed in the grey flex shirts distributed by the camp organizers in hopes to show college coaches that they have what it takes to be a division one football player.

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