It’s been a banner year for Wichita-area football players, they’ve seen the University of Kansas’ first ever Wichita satellite camp, and now Emporia State is encroaching on the city.

The talent has made an impression on Emporia State. So much so Maize South hosted the university’s first-ever Wichita satellite football camp.

Head coach of Emporia State football Garin Higgins wanted to bring the camp to Wichita.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to come down here to Wichita,” Higgins said. “We’re here to show [the players] what we do at Emporia State.”

Even though the numbers for the camp—46 participants—weren’t as high as Higgins and his staff was hoping for, that’s all part of growing pains for the Hornets’ program.

The Hornets usually see around 80 kids at their camp in Emporia, but when they first began hosting the camp on campus Higgins and his staff saw similar numbers to what they saw Friday morning in Wichita.

Players like Conway Springs’ Logan Creek, a six-foot-four-inch 305-pound lineman, appreciated the convenience of a close camp in Wichita. The move turned a 1-hour-45-minute road trip into just a 38-minute drive.

“It’s a lot better than driving up there,” Creek said. “Even if I had to I would drive up [to Emporia]. I like getting to these camps and if they like me they like me. I’m just going to try my best at everything I do.”

Players weren’t the only ones who were getting useful information, Brent Pfeifer—Head Coach of Maize South, and Emporia State graduate—learned a thing or two as well.

“It’s like a little mini coach’s clinic for me,” Pfeifer said. “That’s one of the things a lot of us enjoy about it is meeting other coaches and talking about things they do, things we do, sharing ideas, and talking about scenarios.”