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Deion Says "Prime U" Camp Proceeded As Scheduled

On Wednesday, we reported that Deion Sanders pulled the plug on a “Prime U” camp for college players, due to concerns that the payment of travel and lodging expenses by persons other than the kids who were attending the three-day event in Frisco, Texas could affect their ongoing amateur status.
That night, we received word that Deion Sanders wished to talk about the article, and his phone number was conveyed to us.
On Thursday, I called the number and left a voice message.
On Friday night, Deion called me back.
He was cordial and charming and friendly.  He said that the camp proceeded as scheduled, and that whoever said the camp had been canceled was lying.
But Deion also seemed to understand that the story originated from the decision of players to pull out of the camp due to concerns that their eligibility could be jeopardized.  And Deion was unable to address the involvement, if any, of the Schlegel Woy firm in the process of inviting players to the camp and/or arranging their attendance.
(As we pointed out on Wednesday, we received an e-mail sent by Weston Hull of Schlegel Woy to the parents of one of the kids invited to the camp, and the e-mail suggests that Schlegel Woy was directly involved in inviting players and coordinating their attendance.  Hull denied that his firm had any link to the Prime U camp.)
So, while the camp occurred, it didn’t have the same overall quality of camper that originally had been envisioned.  We’ve confirmed that, indeed, players who intended to attend the camp decided not to go after obtaining further information regarding the potential impact on their ongoing college football careers.
If, as Deion says, the camp went forward, it apparently did so with players who live close enough to Frisco, Texas to commute to the camp, or who have the financial wherewithal to afford the travel and lodging expenses.  The big-name guys from other portions of the country either didn’t show up — or, if they or their families didn’t pay for all travel and lodging expenses, they did so risking an eventual Reggie Bush-style brouhaha.
After tracking down more information about the eleventh-hour decision of multiple players to not attend the camp, we sent Deion a text message on Friday night asking him for a list of the players who were invited to the camp, and a list of the players who actually attended.
He responded shortly thereafter.  He said that he doesn’t handle those details.
I replied by asking him to put me in touch with the person who could provide that information.
As of this posting, I haven’t gotten a response.
So the bottom line here very well could be that a “Prime U” camp occurred last week, but that the list of A-list players invited bore little resemblance to the guys who ultimately showed up.
We apologize for the mischaracterization.  The point was/is that the camp didn’t proceed in the way that organizers previously had envisioned, and we should have been more clear about that.
Surely, there are enough second-tier-and-lower college players in Texas to fill the spots on short notice, if many of the first-choice players decided that attending would put their ability to play college football in 2009 at risk.

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10 Responses to “Deion Says "Prime U" Camp Proceeded As Scheduled”
  1. Cuse says: Jun 21, 2009 2:40 PM

    On one hand, I hate Deion Sanders and the involvement of Schlegel Woy smacks of dollar signs for everyone. On the other hand, those kids could have really benefited their careers by participating in a camp with a great football player, unless Deion was more concerned about introducing top-teir talent to Schlegel Woy, than he was about teaching young players.

  2. SFTitan says: Jun 21, 2009 2:54 PM

    First off… are you kidding me with all the ads?? Seriously Florio… I know you sold out and I don’t blame you but come on.
    Plus anyone else couldn’t care less about this story?

  3. texas says: Jun 21, 2009 3:12 PM

    What you’re forgetting is that almost all first- choice players live in Texas anyway, so it wouldn’t really matter if they have to commute… Sure there may be a few first- tier players in California, but their absence doesn’t make an impact on camp. And also, all Texas players are automatically first- tier, so when you referred to second and lower tier players, you were referring to nothingness.

  4. truwarier says: Jun 21, 2009 3:36 PM

    any chance they could match up the camp prime kids vs. the washed-up has-beens from playmaker irvin’s reality trash show?

  5. Idle Hands says: Jun 21, 2009 3:41 PM

    Prime U is a JOKE!!! So is Deion as a “coach”. Hopefully the prospects who didn’t attend realized that their skills would deteriorate at Prime U like last years students. Sanders did not help a single player last year rise their draft stock by attending that stupid camp! Even Darrius Butler had his 40 time slowed because of Prime U’s ridiculous ”technique”.

  6. empty13 says: Jun 21, 2009 4:15 PM

    I bet the real top tier dropped out… So it was just the retarded spastic freddie mitchell wanna-bes out there.
    And neon wouldn’t allow his pic to be take with them.
    There is therefore no photographic proof of this camp happening.
    Would have been fun if carlton fisk showed up, however.

  7. empty13 says: Jun 21, 2009 4:24 PM

    i bet the real top tier talent dropped out… so it was just the retarded spastic freddie mitchell wanna-bes out there…
    and neon wouldnt allow his pic to be taken with any of them. so, there is no photographic proof of this camp ever happening.
    would have been fun if carlton fisk showed up to razz neon, however.

  8. Cuse says: Jun 21, 2009 4:33 PM

    “What you’re forgetting is that almost all first- choice players live in Texas anyway, so it wouldn’t really matter if they have to commute… Sure there may be a few first- tier players in California, but their absence doesn’t make an impact on camp. And also, all Texas players are automatically first- tier, so when you referred to second and lower tier players, you were referring to nothingness.”
    Fail. Texas is third, behind Florida and California, regardless of time range.
    http://i41.tinypic.com/2n80a4x.jpg
    source: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/draft-history-graphic.htm

  9. texas says: Jun 21, 2009 5:05 PM

    Haha Cuse, you fail, because you can’t take a joke. So go ahead and cry- you’ll always be second tier.

  10. roughingtheholder says: Jun 21, 2009 8:29 PM

    Sanders isn’t qualified to run this camp, work on NFLN, play for the Ravens/Redskins, dance for MC Hammer, have his own rap album, talk about religion, or slob the cowboys even though he is supposed to be a journalist and his best years were with Atlanta. He IS qualified to talk about hair products such as various activators and wave greases. Its a shame the NFL Net has the best highlight show. This scumbag makes it unbearable.

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