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Florida Christian standout has impressive camp

The final day of the first session of the Down & Dirty Lineman Camp at Stetson University in Deland, brought out an impressive rising junior from Florida Christian, who at 6-0, 240, was one of the strongest and toughest kids of the camp. Robert Salvador, a fullback and defensive tackle gave away a lot of size and weight in the “Board Drills”, but managed to gain a semifinal birth in the championship of his group. Salvador, coached by Paul Howell and Will Lockley, came up to the camp to make a name for himself, and by the end of the day, he had accomplished that. Salvador didn’t come to the camp by himself. Jorge Puga and Brian Benitez also took part in the drills for Florida Christian. Longtime south Florida football coach Christ Vagotis, most recently from Coral Park, was on hand to work the camp. Vagotis has been one of the best teachers of the sport through the years, and he is considered one of the best instructors at the event. Mike Conrad, Defensive Coordinator from Hallandale High, is also working the camp. Conrad, who also coached at Everglades and McArthur. Speaking of Everglades, former Everglades coach Mike Palmieri showed why his Mallard Creek, N.C. team is one of the best young programs in the Charlotte area. Defensive end/linebacker Stephen Pitts (6-1, 215) is impressive, and one of the best football players here. He is being looked at by North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest. We will have more from the first day of the second session on Saturday as well as complete adidas 7-on-7 coverage from UCF, where many local teams are expected to be in the hunt for the title. Wayne Harris, a 6-5, 330-pound defensive tackle from Andrew Jackson High in Jacksonville was the most impressive football player of the 350-plus that finished up on Friday afternoon as the heat and sun stayed away, but the humidity reached record numbers. LARRY BLUSTEIN lblustein@MiamiHerald.com

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