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Patrick Strohecker
York Dispatch
  • Incoming Northeastern freshmen Kaden Hamilton and Manny Capo took part in Football University's Top Gun camp last week.
  • The two were part of 500 players from across the nation in the Class of 2021 to get invited to the camp.
  • Both Hamilton and Capo were selected to the Top Gun All-American Bowl in January.

It's still early in their development, but as of now, the Northeastern High School football program may boast two nationally-touted players for the next four years.

Incoming Northeastern freshman Kaden Hamilton (22) goes up for a catch at Football University's Top Gun camp last week in South Carolina. Hamilton competed against 500 of the nation's top Class of 2021 football players at the elite camp, along with incoming Northeastern freshman running back Manny Capo.

Incoming freshmen Kaden Hamilton and Manny Capo were both selected to the All-Football University Top Gun All-American Bowl Team for the Class of 2021 last week.

Football University is a camp run by former college and NFL players, designed to drill and test some of the top youth football players in the country. The camp is affiliated with some of the nation's top All-American games, including the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

In order to make it to the Top Gun camp, players must go to regional camps and then be selected by their positional coaches to make it to the national camp. Both Hamilton and Capo went through the Philadelphia regional to get selected to the national camp in Rock Hill, South Carolina, which ran from July 12-14.

Hamilton and Capo were just two of 43 players selected to the Class of 2021 FBU top All-American Bowl Team out of more than 500 participants. Players at the camp competed against each other in one-on-one drills and then 7-vs.-7 competitions.

Hamilton competed as both a wide receiver and defensive back, but mainly focused on defense, while Capo was among the running backs.

The All-American game will be played in January in Naples, Florida.

It was just back in February when Hamilton was rated as one of the top wide receivers in the country for his class year when he took part in a pair of national showcases during the winter.

This year, Hamilton's father, Darrell Hamilton, said he wanted his son to focus on the defensive side of the ball to make him a well-rounded player. Most kids will play both offense and defense in high school.

At a combine earlier this year, Hamilton was clocked at running a 3.78-second shuttle and 4.5-second 40-yard dash, both among the fastest for his age.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at