Major programs coming to recruit Miami’s backyard is nothing new, but in the satellite camp era, prepare to see a lot more of this.
Auburn, which has eight Miami natives on its roster, will hold a camp June 10 at Gibson Park in Overtown — just eight miles from UM’s campus.
A report from our sister site, SEC Country, said Auburn will send its entire coaching staff to the camp, during which it will “join forces with Booker T. Washington High” and four other area schools.
On an Instagram promo posted by Booker T., the logos of Miami Central, Miami Northwestern, Miami-Carol City and Miami Southridge were shown. Those are five of the top high school football programs in South Florida.
Wonder if Mark Richt‘s coaching staff will stop by. It is a public place, after all.
Richt has been a vocal opponent of satellite camps, saying they allow programs to recruit at times the NCAA says they should not. He has not said whether UM will participate in satellite camps this year, but told us last week he is considering “a 15-day window in June.”
Satellite camps, a term coined by Penn State coach James Franklin in 2014, allow college coaches to work as guests at camps hosted by other institutions. The NCAA prohibits college from hosting camps beyond a 50-mile radius from campus, but nothing prohibits coaches from stepping outside that boundary to guest-coach at other schools.
Though allowed by the NCAA for several years, the issue blew up when Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh announced a seven-state, nine-camp tour this summer (which has since expanded greatly, Harbaugh being Harbaugh).
The ACC and SEC, which didn’t like Big Ten coaches setting up shop to recruit in their home states, decried the practice; both conferences already prohibited its coaches from serving as guest-coaches. The NCAA banned satellite camps April 8, but the ban lasted all of 20 days.
While college programs have heavily recruited South Florida for years, only a few have participated in satellite camps there. USF, which has one scheduled for July near the campus of Krop High, and Nebraska have hosted camps near UM’s campus in recent years.
Before setting up in Overtown, Auburn previously considered visiting Tampa Catholic High, SEC Country said. The Tigers will participate in two other satellite camps in Georgia and one in Mississippi. The Miami camp is the only one directly tied to a high school.
The undisputed satellite camp king is Michigan, which has scheduled 38 satellite camps this summer — including locations as far-flung as Australia and American Samoa. Stateside, the Wolverines will get as far south as Fort Lauderdale.