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What is the Whitfield Rock Tour?
Great question! Imagine a charter bus (a big one), a fifty-five seater full of top QBs from all over the United States. You land in Tampa Florida where you visit U of Southern Florida, get a chance to meet the coaches, and then your on the bus to Florida State University! Eventually you would hit about 11-17 D1 Universities within a week! Sometimes you’ll be at two schools within the same day. Its a lot of fun building comrade, and making lifelong friends who all have one common theme. Since the inception of the Whitfield Rock Tour, over 52 scholarships were offered! And they all started with the ones on the Whitfield Rock Tour! For more information please contact us early 2013! Whitfieldqbacademy@gmail.com
The Whitfield Rock Tour was created by coach George Whitfield Jr. The few selected get a chance of a lifetime to tour and show off their skills at top D1 Football Universities in the nation! For more information on how to sign up please contact us!
Next tour date projected: JUNE 2013
Read the article below by ESPN Insider, Bruce Feldman. Written during 2010 tour.
Next month thousands of high school football players will visit college campuses in hopes of catching the eye of coaches. Some will arrive at these schools already armed with scholarship offers — but most will not. These kids, at the very least, can expect to pick up a few tips, see roughly where their talent level measures up to other football players their age and hopefully meet some famous coaches and that experience will last a lifetime. The camps are supposed to be set up for instructional purposes, but in truth, they are de facto try-out camps.
George Whitfield, a self-described “Quarterback Builder” in the San Diego area, has devised a plan to try and maximize the football camp scene. Whitfield, a former Arena Football QB, is leading a group of 25 athletes (most of them quarterbacks) on a 10-day journey on a chartered bus trip to 10 colleges on the east coast known as “the Rock Tour.” The group flies from California to Miami on June 12, which kicks off a tour that goes from UM to FAU to UF to FSU to Georgia to Alabama to Kentucky to Ohio State to Penn State and then finally onto Maryland. All of the school visits, save for the tour of the FAU facilities, will include camp workouts.
“When I was initially talking about this idea, I had five or six quarterbacks in the training session and I explained the concept,” said Whitfield, a former Tiffin University QB. “I talked about how we’re going to go every day and bus it to the next place. And then I heard two kids talking and said, ‘That’s kinda like what rock stars do. This is like a rock tour, isn’t it coach?’ So I honed in on that analogy. It’s travelling, doing your absolute best for that audience, putting on a show, packing up, travelling to the next place, unpack and put on another show and then go and go and go.”
“It’s exciting,” he said. “We have a lot of kids that have a chance to emerge. These guys have the chance to make 10 unofficial visits. At a place like Ohio State, they’ll have 45 or 50 colleges in attendance with MAC schools. Plus, these guys will band together and be friends for life I know it. They’ll be tight after this.”
The Rock Tour also helps build his brand as a private QB tutor, a field which has really boomed in the past decade. Whitfield, who helped groom Hunter Cantwell and Tony Pike, generated some buzz on the internet a few months ago when a 15-minute video he did offering possible training tips to revise Tim Tebow’s throwing motion went viral.
Whitfield staged his first Rock Tour last year. He didn’t use a bus. Instead, he had eight fathers rotate driving five SUVs on the 2,200-mile trip. The group featured mostly underclassmen quarterbacks. “They now understand that it’s a different type of pace,” said Whitfield. “Normally, you hit a camp for two days. This year they understand we’re going 10 days in a row. They know to make sure that Day 5, 6 and 7 feels like Day 1, 2 and 3.
“We’re hitting more powerhouses this year. Miami, FSU, Florida, Ohio St. and Alabama have all won national titles in the last 10 years.”
One of the QBs on last year’s Rock Tour, Robert Partridge, parlayed the trip into seven college scholarship offers after his performance at Ohio State’s camp, Whitfield said. Partridge ended up signing with one of those schools, Miami of Ohio.
The most touted prospect going into this trip is Mikhail Miller, a 6-3 quarterback from Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss. Miller is joining the camp in Miami, but is actually flying to San Diego on June 1 for five days to train with Whitfield. “His parents were really nervous,” Whitfield said. “If he’s gong to be in front of that many schools we want to make sure he’s ironed out. We’ll train 4 or 5 hours a day.”
Miller already has offers from Ole Miss, Memphis, Arkansas State and UAB, according to his father. “This is going to be a good learning experience for him,” said Mikhail’s father Hubert. “We went online and researched it.”
The exposure part is the key.
“There are several big events quarterbacks can partake in around the country,” Whitfield said. “For instance, the Elite 11 camps and Dream Maker competitions are prestigious and national draws. This tour, however, is the truest ‘dream-making’ opportunity for an aspiring athlete. Is there a bigger opportunity, more pragmatic than working out and throwing for actual decision makers? These guys are going to perform for legendary coaches at national powerhouses for ten days straight, and literally have the ability to come off the field with a scholarship offer.”
“Imagine being 15, 16, 17 years old and Nick Saban pats you on the back after a drill, two days later Jim Tressel says “great pass.” Twenty-four hours after that, you walk off the field with Joe Paterno. This is an experience every sports fan would die to be apart of, not just up-and-coming quarterbacks.”