These are exciting days for Mitchell Kamm although they are probably filled with a little nervousness as well.
Kamm, who shined last fall for the Bethlehem Christian Academy football team, is set to take the next step in his athletic career.
This Friday, Kamm will make the voyage to Valdosta State University where he will begin his time as a Blazer.
“I am very excited to be able to play collegiate football,” Kamm said. “It has always been a dream of mine.”
In one season competing for the BCA Knights, Kamm stamped his name in the record book of the young program, rushing for 1,690 yards and 20 touchdowns. He never came off the field, playing offense, defense and special teams.
His hard work, and athletic ability, drew the attention of several schools, but in the end, he decided to go with Valdosta State, a perennial Division II national power.
“My goal is to earn playing time and even get in the starting lineup,” Kamm said. “I hope to get bigger this season which will make me even more prepared for following years.”
Kamm’s father, Chad, said the entire family is also excited about Mitchell’s opportunity to compete at the next level and especially for such a winning program.
“It’s great to see,” said Chad Kamm, who was at BCA’s football camp in Toccoa. “We are driving down Friday as they start practice for the season.”
Mitchell Kamm has been following an offseason program presented to him by the Valdosta State coaches.
His father said he has actually grown taller since last fall and he has added 10 pounds from working out.
Kamm will be looked at in the “H” receiver spot in the Blazers’ spread offense.
“I’m ready for that role,” he said. “It’s a hybrid between a running back and receiver.”
His one season at BCA was filled with plenty of memories Kamm won’t soon forget.
“It was a great time,” he said. “We were welcomed into the school and the football program. I wish I could have been there more than one season, but I will always remember those games and my senior year.”
The Kamms moved to the area from New York prior to the 2013-2014 school year.
BCA football coach Lance Fendley said he and the entire football program and school are eager to follow Mitchell’s progress.
“He has earned this chance, but now he has to work even harder to stand out among a program with such quality athletes,” Fendley said. “He’s eager to go and show what he can do. We are all pulling for him.”
So have the nerves set in for Kamm yet?
“I am a little nervous, but I have been preparing myself mentally and physically,” he said. “I am ready to be part of the Valdosta State University family.”