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Former Yellowjacket and Duck to host two football camps
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Nate Costa, pictured here at last year's youth football camp, will host two simultaneous camps this summer at Hilmar High. - photo by Photo Contributed

Nate Costa is back, ready to not only share his football IQ with the area’s youth but with its high school players as well. Last year, Costa—Hilmar High and University of Oregon alumnus—hosted his first ever youth football camp in association with Sting Football Camp that drew upwards of 60 kids.

Now, Costa has struck out on his own while also expanding his reach as he will be holding both the Nate Costa Youth Football Camp and Nate Costa Quarterback Camp simultaneously at Hilmar High in July.

“I’m controlling pretty much the whole thing this year, so it’s been a lot of fun,” Costa said.

Both camps will span three days with the youth camp being held in the morning with a 9 a.m. start time and the high school quarterback camp being held in the evening with a 5 p.m. start time.

As was the case last year, the youth camp will be non-contact and will focus on the fundamentals of the game on both offense and defense. Costa will be joined by former Oregon teammate Jordan Holmes as well as the coaching staff of Hilmar High.

“If you’re going to play football for a little bit or if you’re going to play football for many years, everyone’s invited,” Costa said. “We’ll also allow the kids at the end of the day each day to apply their skills by putting them into flag football tournaments.”

Costa’s expertise will truly shine through during his quarterback camp, however, as he will share with prep quarterback prospects skills and techniques that helped him to rack up 6,861 yards and 63 touchdowns during his varsity career as a Yellowjacket and earn a scholarship to become a Duck.

“It will be a little more intense and a little more competitive. It’s going to be focused on how to play the quarterback position at the collegiate level,” Costa said.

Costa already has quarterbacks from Turlock, Hilmar, Buhach Colony, Merced, Central Catholic, and Los Banos High signed up, but he is also still in search of more quarterbacks.

“There’s five more spots that remain and, really, the last five sports are going to be taken by whoever signs up first. It’s a first come, first served basis,” Costa said.

The youth camp costs $75 and the quarterback camp costs $105. For more information on camp dates or to sign up, visit or email