For college football players, there is no such thing as a summer break.
At Charleston Southern, head coach Jamey Chadwell says nearly every member of the prospective 2014 squad will be on campus Monday as the school begins its second session of summer school.
Almost half of the incoming freshmen took classes in the first summer session and began to integrate into the football program. On Monday, Chadwell says all 25 members of the most recent signing class should be on campus.
"We like getting them involved in classes and with the new rules, we are allowed as coaches to spend a few hours with them, watching video and conditioning," Chadwell said. "It's important to get them acclimated to college life and I think it really helps them once August comes and we're going for real."
As for the veterans, Chadwell estimated 60 percent attendance in the first summer session but says nearly every member of the team will be in starting Monday.
"We didn't make it mandatory because we like for them to get away from football for a while, but it is encouraging to see that so many are coming in a month early to get started in their preparations," Chadwell said. "Most of it is conditioning and getting accustomed to the heat and humidity so that it's easier in August, and it also helps in the area of team bonding. It gives everyone a chance to get on the same page before we go for real."
Chadwell says the possibility remains for a few additions by August as transfers from other schools check out the CSU program.
Members of Charleston Southern's coaching staff also remain busy during the summer. The staff is holding youth and prospect camps, not only on campus but also at selected venues around the state.
CSU is hosting prospect camps at Spartanburg High School (July 11) and Chapin High School (July 12).
"We made a commitment here when I was hired to focus hard on in-state recruiting and trying to find the best fits for our program from within the borders," said Chadwell. "We want high visibility across this state and doing these one-day prospect camps gives us a chance to meet players and for them to learn about our program."
CSU will host a prospect camp on campus on July 18 and receivers coach Willy Korn is hosting a quarterback/receivers camp July 19.