Elite soccer camp opens at CSU

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The inaugural Super Elite Soccer Camp opened at Columbus State University on Friday afternoon. The first day of the weekend camp had CSU women's soccer coach Jay Entlich happy and smiling.

"Just excited they're here to get to know each other a lot better and get a better feel for the university," said Entlich.

The camp is specifically designed for prospective women's soccer recruits in the class of 2012 and 2013 as well as for the incoming freshman. The girls will stay the weekend in the dorms and work with the coaching staff both on the field and off.

"I think it's good for meeting people and seeing how people play," said goalkeeper Kaitlin Stephens, who will begin playing this fall for the Lady Cougars. But Entlich is getting his first look at some of the campers.

"There's a couple girls in here that we've never seen play," he said, "so they're going to jump in there and we can say yeah, you can play at this level or you're not ready for it."

Of course, recruiting is a two-way street and the girls also have to like the school. However, Entlich said he has been lucky, since Columbus State seems to be an easy sell, praising the school's administration.

"It's having the blessing of the University that sports do matter here at Columbus State University," said Entlich. "The facilities here are incredible. Dr. Tim Mescon supports athletics and academics obviously, but having the total package has been terrific."

Stephens agreed. "It's super nice here and the Rec center is kind of what sold me."

Of course, the fact that Entlich has led the Cougars to five straight conference titles and a Top 5 national ranking doesn't hurt either.