Terrance Jackson enjoys helping people.
Over 100 local athletes pulled their way to improvement at his Armor and Glory life skills football camp.
Ex All-Americans and pro’s like D.J. Wolfe, Tommie Harris and Super Bowl champ Cato June guided campers through drills.
The goal for Jackson’s camp was simple.
“It doesn’t matter if I have five or three thousand,” Jackson said. “If those five came out here and learned something, and had a great time my heart its full man, literally, because that’s what it’s really all about.”
One big name that showed up for the first time was Laquon Treadwell.
The former high school football five star recruit, Ole Miss star and recent first round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings.
Treadwell mentored some of the state’s high school football players at the camp with his own unique experiences.
“I never thought I’d be here,” Treadwell said. “I was just like them. Going to camps. Hearing public speakers. I was always a guy who took it in and took it for what it was and tried to input it into my life. I want to see everyone pursue their dreams and achieve their dream. If there’s something I can tell them whether it’s any situation that they’re in, or I’ve been in it that will help them get through it that’s what I’m all about.”
“It says a lot,” OU commit and John Marshall senior defensive back, Justin Broiles said. “With him being a first round draft pick he could be doing anything right now. Especially on a Saturday. He could be in Minnesota or anywhere, but he came out here to this camp. He gave back. Gave out some pointers some pointers and stuff. It speaks a lot to him, and to us.”
“Everything he said was basically the truth,” Putnam City West and Oklahoma State offer, Nick Robinson said. “I’ve been through an injury. I dislocated my ankle sophomore year, and like he said, ‘you’re the only one that’s going through that recovery by yourself. No one else is there to help you. You just have to keep pushing yourself to where you want to be.’”
At Jackson’s camp messages like Treadwell’s is exactly the point of them being there for area youth.
“That’s what this camp is here to do,” Jackson said. “Build our young people up. Let them understand that their purpose is greater than their athletic ability."