Private coaching for athletes is on the rise and Steve Clarkson, left, credited with developing NFL quarterbacks Matt Leinart, J.P. Losman and Ben Roethlisberger, is cashing in.
Clarkson, a quarterback coaching guru who has been called "The Dream Maker," held a camp over the weekend in Glendale, Calif.
"It's not a competition," Clarkson told the L.A. Times. "We're trying to educate. I'm trying to walk them down the potholes they'll face down the road."
Expensive potholes. There were 95 quarterbacks from 32 states attending the camp. Each participant paid $600. If our math is correct, that's $57,000.
Clarkson has scheduled at least seven camps and if the turnout is similar to this past weekend, he will take in nearly $400,000 (for 14 days work). And it might not stop there.
"By the fall, we're hoping to be overseas," he said.
This is a big business. No wonder Clarkson is aligned with Eddie DeBartolo, the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers.
Among the camp attendees was Brendan Cross, the son TV analyst and former 49er Randy Cross. Father and son flew in from Georgia to attend.
Corde Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg and expected to be a freshman quarterback at Long Beach Poly in the fall, was supposed to participate but was a no-show, according to the Times.