Athletes Brave Cold Conditions At Prep Redzone Oklahoma Football Camp

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Coach Jeremy Smith instructs running backs during a drill, Photo Credit: Sean Moran

As the registration line snaked all the way down Broken Arrow’s Nienhuis Park parking lot, it was obvious the chilly January conditions weren’t going to keep eager high school football players from attending the Prep Redzone Oklahoma Stock Up Showcase.

More than 150 participants from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas & Arkansas went through a series of tests, drills and one-on-one competitions led by area coaches and former college football players.

“The competition was amazing,” said Class of 2023 offensive lineman Kenny Wermy. “The defensive ends were really quick. This will help me get better. It was a really good camp.”

Cache’s Kenny Wermy, Photo Credit: Sean Moran

The 6-5 junior from Cache turned heads at the camp with his performance and was named the camp’s Offensive Lineman MVP. Wermy is currently ranked #18 in Oklahoma’s Class of 2023 and listed as the third-best offensive lineman.

Another camper who stood out despite the chilly and windy conditions was Choctaw quarterback Steele Wasel. Oklahoma’s top-rated 2023 quarterback displayed a strong and accurate arm and proved worthy of his lofty ranking.

“It was really fun,” claimed Wasel, who helped lead the Yellowjackets to a 6A-II state runner-up finish as a sophomore in 2020. “It was a chance to get better. It was a good atmosphere and there was good competition.”

Many Class of 2024 and 2025 athletes also participated, including up-and-coming prospects Damontre Patterson of Elmore City (2024 #5-ranked defensive back) and Edmond Memorial’s David McComb (2025 quarterback). Both players earned camp MVP honors at their respective positions.

Choctaw QB Steele Wasel, Photo Credit: Sean Moran

For the coaches and instructors running the camp, it was an opportunity to work with new athletes eager to learn and get better.

“I like to give back to the community,” said Union assistant coach and former Oklahoma State running back Jeremy Smith, who coached running backs during the camp. “We didn’t have camps like this when I was coming up.”

Smith admitted he tries to follow the results of many of the players he meets at the Prep Redzone Oklahoma camps.

“I like to keep track of their successes after they leave here,” claimed Smith. “I want them all to do well.”

More Prep Redzone Oklahoma football camps are planned in 2022, including one in the Oklahoma City area.