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Nation's top football players play in Top Gun football camp in Rock Hill

(Kristi O'Connor | WBTV) (Kristi O'Connor | WBTV)

About 6,000 people from all over the country are flocking to Rock Hill for the Football University’s Top Gun Showcase. It is the second year Football City USA is hosting the largest national showcase event in the country.

For the next three days, about 600 of some of the country’s best middle school players will be working with NFL coaches. Last week, about 800 high school players participated in the prestigious camp. 

The athletes have a chance to make it to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the National Combine in San Antonio, Texas.

The York County Convention and Visitor’s Burea estimates about 6,000 people will be in York County for the two-week event. 

From last year’s camp, there was about a $2.5 million economic impact from the families staying in hotels, eating out, and spending time in York County for the camp. 

This year families from 45 states and Canada have traveled to Rock Hill, and parents say they would not have missed it.

To qualify, the athletes had to be in the top 30 percent of their regional camps that were held in 25 cities across the country.

“It’s a select camp, not everyone gets to come here,” Interim Executive Director of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau Auvis Cole said.

“I was pretty excited, I told everyone,” said Neavah Spillman of Kansas City.

The players spend three days working with NFL coaches. There is also classroom time spent on life outside of the game.

“Character is a big issue in college recruiting now, and social media being clean is a big issue,” Top Gun Director Erik Richards said.

The camp costs at most $500 for each athlete, not including lodging, travel, and meals.

“Yeah, when you consider how much you spend in hotels and food it gets pricey. The camp isn't that bad comparatively to other camps around the country, but it can certainly add up,” parent of player Matt Probst of Akron, Ohio, said.

But distance and price are all worth it to the parents of these young athletes.

“We’re going to try to make it to another couple of camps," mother of player Nicole Spicer said, "because football is his life.”

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