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Tim Camp's football future is up in the air - as a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The Harlem High School senior made it official last week. He committed to play for the Falcons next year, and will become the first Bulldog to sign a gridiron scholarship with a Division I program since 1966.
"To my knowledge we haven't had a D-I player since Hardy King went to University of Georgia (in 1966)," Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis said. "We're pleased Tim has this opportunity, but of course he earned it through hard work. He did a great job for us, and I'm sure he'll do a great job out there."
Camp led the Dogs this past season at quarterback and defensive back. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound player impressed opponents and college scouts with his speed and a penchant for hard hitting in the secondary.
"Air Force had coaches recruiting in this area, and every team we played pointed them in Tim Camp's direction," Lewis said. "They're (the coaching staff at Air Force) pretty high on him. I'm not sure whether he'll play strong safety or running back in college. He's got several options, because he's such a versatile athlete."
Camp was courted by several college teams, including Wofford, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, and Suwanee. The U.S. Naval Academy inquired about Camp this past week, but they missed the boat, because Camp had already settled on Air Force.
"They flew him out to Colorado for his official visit (Dec. 12), and I think he was impressed with their coaches and the $30 million facility," Lewis said.
Camp, who also is a top basketball player at Harlem, missed the Dogs' basketball game Dec. 12 to visit the Air Force campus in Colorado Springs.
He will finalize his deal with the Falcons on Feb. 4, which is National Signing Day for college football programs.
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