spreading the wealth, as far as time coaching linemen goes.
“I’m excited about it,” Hoff said. “Offensive line is a time intensive position. Probably the most time intensive position to coach that there is. I’m excited about Trey being here, though. It’s good for our guys to get a young guy’s voice in there with some college experience. I loved doing it, and I still will do it some, but this gives me a chance to be everywhere on the field more during practice time.”
Camps’ ability to tutor a unit that, aside from Benson, is fairly green overall, will likely be a determining factor on just how fast Eastside’s young, skill-talent-rich offense can gel during the season that’s less than three weeks away from kickoff.
“Everything still revolves around that group,” Hoff said. “They’re the heart and soul of you’re team. You can have great skill guys and a great quarterback and all of that, but if you can’t block for them, you’re in trouble.”
Camps said he met Hoff during a recent coaching clinic in Atlanta. When they connected, there was no position available for Camps. But that changed several weeks later when Camps received a phone call from Hoff asking if he was interested.
“And we just worked from there,” Camps said. “It’s was a blessing. It was definitely a real blessing.”
And he’s hit the ground running — case in point, his lack of shyness to bark instruction and motivation to even the most decorated Eastside players.
“For me, the standard is the standard, no matter if the kid is an SEC commit or a freshman starting out,” Camps said. “If I’m not yelling, then I don’t care. If I’m yelling at you, it’s not out of a place of being mad or upset, but it’s that I see more in you. And even more so I should be on your case with a guy like Benson, because obviously the talent’s there. I’m just out here to keep pushing you to take that four star (ranking) to a five star.”
And according to the newest Eagle coach, the players are responding positively to his coaching passion.
“I think when other guys see that — see someone getting after the guy who’s a leader on their team, and he responds to it, it helps those guys see that everyone is held to the same standard,” he said. “I think that helps push everyone, the whole unit, to grow.”
Although Eastside’s lost 25 seniors, including a three-year starter at quarterback in Austin Holloway, and 2016 starting tailback Anthony Brown, both Camps and Hoff feel good about the stable of running backs returning. Shifty junior, Taylor Carter will team up with a pair of Rockdale transfers in senior Tyon Davis and junior Jordan Rogers.
Hoff says any of the three is the kind of back that doesn’t need a large crease to break a big run.
“We always want to run the ball, and we’ve got a great group of backs who are unselfish and push each other every day,” Hoff said. “Our line sees that, and they know they don’t have to create sixfoot holes. Our backs can hit it and they can hit it running.”
But that doesn’t mean Camps won’t be pushing hard for his front to be as active as possible.
“On the high school level, what you can be changes year to year depending on what you’ve got,” Camps said. “But one thing you can do is coach them to be have the mentality to play aggressive, play fast and play hard. I want to be aggressive up front. I want coaches to say, even if we lose a game, I want them to say, ‘Man, ya’ll are tough.’”