Perry Orth was looking to create “some buzz” surrounding his next quarterbacks camp, and he could hardly have found a better way.
Orth and fellow former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia will co-host a private, two-day quarterback camp starting on Wednesday and Thursday in Charleston and continuing on Friday and Saturday in Columbia. Few Gamecocks have been more buzz-worthy than Garcia, a four-star recruiting prospect who finished his career as the school’s third leading passer all-time (7,597 yards), but was dismissed from the program after multiple violations of team policy.
“I reached out to Stephen and just thought it would be an awesome idea. He’s doing what I’m doing in Tampa, and he’s really good at what he does. I thought it would be fun, and I reached out to him and he was all about it.”
The camps will include seven hours of on-field instruction, three hours of film study and classroom work, two hours of leadership training and recruiting advice and include lunch and a T-shirt. The cost is $200 for preregistration (which can be done via qb1athletics.com) and $220 on the day of the camp.
“I thought it would be a chance for two former Gamecock guys to come together,” Orth said. “Obviously, we will welcome kids who are fans of Georgia and Clemson and whoever. It’s not a Gamecock camp only, but I thought it would really stir up some buzz to get both of us. People are really, really interested in what is happening right now.”
Orth and Garcia have both been training youth quarterbacks since leaving South Carolina. Their camp is open to quarterbacks from elementary through high school.
“Having two coaches, kids will get a lot more detailed coaching,” Orth said. “If I miss something or he misses something, we will have the other one to pick it up.”
While Garcia came to South Carolina as the most highly regarded quarterback prospect of the Steve Spurrier era, Orth was a walk-on who started his career sixth on the team’s depth chart before rising to starter by Spurrier’s final season as coach.
“We both were taught by the same guy,” Orth said, “but we were there at different times, so we may have learned different things we can pass along.”