• NFLer Laremy Tunsil signs autographs during day two of his annual youth football camp last year at Memorial Stadium (FILE).
    NFLer Laremy Tunsil signs autographs during day two of his annual youth football camp last year at Memorial Stadium (FILE).

NFL: Tunsil returns home to host camp

Former CHS star heads to Lake City for annual camp.

In his hometown where he fostered relationships, cultivated his football skills, Laremy Tunsil is coming back this week to host his second annual foundation camp.

The youth football camp, hosted by Columbia Youth Football Association, begins on Friday.

The Miami Dolphins offensive lineman is returning to his old stomping grounds to provide a fun and free two-day clinic for young local football players. Tunsil, along with special guests and coaches, will be in attendance to guide campers through fundamental drills and show them importance of football safety.

Campers should come ready to break a sweat on the gridiron alongside the former Columbia standout, who was selected to the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Tunsil later starred at Ole Miss as early as his freshman year. His All-SEC worthy performances over the next few seasons were enough for the Lake City product to be drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Tunsil was the 13th overall selection, the highest draft pick of any NFLers out of Columbia High.

He’s back in town this week for the camp, with the first session starting early on Friday morning at 9am.

“Laremy is really excited about it,” event coordinator Adee Farmer said last year. “Because he came up the same way, he didn’t have a lot things like this so that’s why he’s doing it for free. He came up the same way, a lot of kids [grow] up with single parents and things like that. He loves where he come from.”

You must pre-register in order to receive a souvenir camp t-shirt. Registration forms can be downloaded on ccrd-lc.weebly.com. For more information, contact Heyward Christie (754-3607) or Nicole Callum (754-7096).

“I just think it’s really good that pro athletes, who went on from Columbia, are able to come back and give to the community,” former Columbia football coach Danny Green said last year. “I think it’s really good…I’m glad [Laremy] is coming back and doing that. I think it’ll be excellent.”

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