On June 2nd and 3rd, Football University will be hosting a developmental camp at Independence High School in Williamson County. The FBU camp will provide a chance for football players from around the region to get positional skill training and practice film review provided by former NFL players and coaches. The camp is open to any interested player in the area for a cost of $495. However, tnhighschoolfootball.com will be awarding free entry to the FBU camp for one Tennessee athlete as selected by our football panel. Our second finalist is Darius Kelly of Creek Wood High School in Dickson County.
Darius Kelly has been presented with a variety of adverse situations lately. While attending Dickson County High School as a freshman in December, he made some poor decisions and was caught up in some legal trouble. He was transferred to an alternative school this spring after some issues at Dickson County. The troubles continued at home as his family was evicted and Darius and his four brothers moved in with friends or family around the area. Darius was taken in by the family of his best friend and longtime football teammate, Jackson Flair. Jackson at quarterback and Darius at running back/receiver helped to lead their junior pro team to three championships in recent years. The Flair household provided Darius with a solid structure that has helped him succeed in working towards the requirements needed to leave the alternative school. Darius plans to enroll at Creek Wood High School as soon as possible with mid-May being a goal. The Flair’s have signed Jackson up for the Football University Camp but need assistance to sign Darius up as well. They have four biological children, two adopted children, and Darius currently living in the home. Darius has made great strides in recent months and is looking to make the most of his second chance.
Football is an important part of Darius’ life. He expounds on the important role it plays by saying, “I love football. It keeps me busy and out of trouble. I have made lifelong friendships and learned the value of teamwork.” Darius is excited about being considered for the scholarship to the FBU camp. He states, “Winning this camp scholarship would mean a lot to me. It’s really hard to explain how much it would mean. It’s a huge opportunity to learn valuable skills alongside great coaches.”