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Dylan Camp dreams big at new school

Dylan Camp practices in Daly City on Oct. 28, 2020. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Dylan Camp practices in Daly City on Oct. 28, 2020. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Jefferson High School junior cornerback/receiver Dylan Camp is coming for it all.

Camp, now at Jefferson in Daly City after spending the earlier part of his high school days at Pacifica’s Terra Nova High School, is working to accomplish everything he can on both sides of the ball when the now-2021 campaign does roll around at his new school.

“Individual goals for me – I just want a pick every game,” Camp said. “I want to have like 12 picks on the season, no balls caught on me. I just don’t want to miss any tackles. For offense, every time I touch the ball I want to score. I want to block for my teammates when I don’t get the ball.”

The lockdown defender and star athlete showed glimpses of that in his first varsity season at Terra Nova a year ago.

In Terra Nova’s remarkable run to an 8-5 record and a runner-up finish in the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs – it fell by one point to King’s Academy, 14-13, in the title game – Camp’s impact was certainly felt. He came away with 38 tackles, two interceptions and one pick six.

Terra Nova surrendered a mere 20 points per game, with five of its 13 opponents scoring fewer than 10 points.

Those around Camp – including those playing Division I football – knew these things were in store, and Camp said his coach has been trying to get him in touch with a pair of Division I programs like Cal Poly and New Mexico State.

“I just heard it from a lot of top tier players,” Camp said. “I know a couple of D1 players. I’ve got another trainer. He said I can be the best DB I can be. Like I can make it to the league and everything if I just work on my craft and do whatever I can do to be the best.”

Camp has worked on everything during this offseason, whether that’s cornerback or receiver drills, and the results are ready to be shown on the gridiron here soon.

“I got stronger,” Camp said. “I’ve been working out way more, just down time. We’ve got nothing to do in this quarantine, so I’ve just been working on my craft.”

What Camp also strives for is bringing Jefferson a championship – a feat he was just a few plays away from as a young sophomore when he was back at Terra Nova.

“My team goals: I just want to make it to the championship,” Camp said. “We’ve all got to grow as a team. Team chemistry is the most important thing, so we’ve all got to grow together and make it to state.”

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