It didn’t take Mitchell Kamm long to become a key part of the Bethlehem Christian Academy football program.
During the 2013 season opener, Kamm had to be called upon to play quarterback when starter Dakota Parten was injured. Despite the last minute change in the position he was going to play, Kamm excelled that night and it was only a preview of what was to come during the 2013 season.
Kamm will continue his career as he officially signed with Valdosta State University last week.
The Blazers are a Division II power with multiple national championships to their credit.
“It was a big day for several reasons,” BCA football coach Lance Fendley said. “First, it was huge for our school. It was a chance for the school to show we are living up to our mission which is producing students who are equipped in all ways to go out in the world. Second, it was a great day for BCA football. Sometimes people think the GISA doesn’t produce good football players. However, that is not the case. Mitchell signing with Valdosta State proves that we play a competitive brand of football. If you work hard like you are supposed to then good things will happen.”
The 2013 season was significant for the Knights in several ways. Fendley pointed out the team won more games than any team in Barrow County.
“By producing a good, quality student who will be competing in college, it helps give credibility to our program,” Fendley said.
While Fendley is a former coach at Valdosta State, he said that connection alone would never cause the Blazer coaches to take someone they don’t believe can help their program.
In fact, several other schools including West Georgia, Mercer and Shorter were interested in Mitchell, who set the season rushing record for BCA his senior year.
“He went on his visit to Valdosta State just a couple of weeks ago and committed on the spot,” Fendley said. “It turned out to be a fast paced process. He has earned it. I think he will be able to go down there and flourish. Mitchell went about it the right way. He said ‘I don’t care where I go, but I want to play.’ I recommend that for any senior. He wanted to know what I thought about Valdosta State and other schools. From a football standpoint, it was a smart choice. It is a place he can get a great education, but he can legitimately compete for a national championship on the football field.”
What advice does Fendley have for his star player as he prepares to move to the next level?
“He is going to have to be patient,” the coach said. “He will need to become adjusted to the speed at that level and need to stay hungry while playing at this different level of football.”
The Mitchell Kamm File:
•1,690 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior for BCA
•Also caught two touchdowns and passed for two more
•Tallied 112 tackles, including 24 for loss
•Intercepted two passes and forced a fumble while also causing one fumble
•Member of BCA track team