In 2006, the hottest quarterback prospect from the Valley was Hilmar High’s Nate Costa. With a combined 6,861 yards and 63 touchdowns to show for his junior and senior year efforts as a Yellowjacket, Costa was a highly coveted recruit, who garnered attention from the likes of the University of Utah and Boise State University before finally settling on the University of Oregon.
Though he suffered through multiple knee injuries during his time as a Duck, his will and passion to keep chasing his dream and the leadership provided to his team was more than enough to inspire Oregon fans before his football career came to an end in 2010. Costa’s competitive spirit didn’t end at Oregon, however, it was also felt in Hilmar where his name can still be heard on the lips of young football players today with aspirations of football greatness of their own.
Now, after joining the Ducks coaching staff, Costa is ready to return to his old stomping grounds to help develop the next Valley prospect with a three day Sting Football Camp.
“I’ve wanted to do a camp ever since I was playing at the U of O, I just didn’t have the time or resources. Now I have both of those things,” Costa said. “It’s geared towards kids who want an introduction to football and to all youth players who want to get better at the game.”
Along with former Oregon teammates Jordan Holmes and Blake Thompson, Costa will take local players through three days of offensive and defensive instruction and seven on seven passing league competitions. All exercises will be non-contact.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling, but it’s going to feel awesome once we pull it off,” Costa said.
Kids in third to eight grades are eligible for the camp, which will run from June 24-27. Cost is $65 with a $15 discount when a sibling is also signed up. For more information visit stingflagfootball.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’d love to make this an annual camp and make it a source of pride for Hilmar and myself,” Costa said.