The Georgia State perspective on ‘satellite’ football camps

One of the big topics in Destin last week was the “satellite” football camps where a coaching staff from one school can serve as instructors at a camp for high school prospects away from his own campus.

Very far away in some cases.

This is not a new thing, but it’s really struck home with SEC coaches since it was announced recently that former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, now of Penn State, will host a camp in Atlanta on the campus of Georgia State this summer. Notre Dame will be at Georgia State next year.

NCAA rules allow what is referred to as “guest coaching” at off campus sites more than 50 miles away, but SEC and ACC rules do not allow guest coaching.

Georgia State coach Trent Miles is concerned with building his program, not with SEC or ACC rules even if it rankles some coaches very close to Georgia State.

Seth Emerson, of the Macon Telegraph, visited with Miles and Georgia coach Mark Richt prior to a public event in Macon earlier this week.

Here’s Miles: “You guys have to look at it from our standpoint at Georgia State: The exposure we’re getting with recruits, we’re getting a chance to get kids on our campus that we might not normally get on our campus. And the (ability) for them to open their eyes and see what we actually have is great. And it’s a win for the kid, the kid’s gonna get exposure to schools they might not be able to afford to drive to South Bend, Indiana, or go to Penn State and go to camp. They can do it right here.”

Recruiting is a nation-wide deal, and Franklin doesn’t need a camp at Georgia State to identify the best talent in Atlanta. However, his name and the Penn State brand will bring a lot of that talent to the Georgia State camp, and Franklin will benefit immensely by chatting up those prospects for a few days.

Maybe none of those top players sign with Penn State, but it only takes one or two to make a real difference in a team.

Then there’s the Georgia State side. Miles, as he points out, will have kids on campus that he wouldn’t otherwise. He’s not going head-to-head with Penn State and Notre Dame anyway.

But think of the mid-range prospects that will be introduced to Miles and his staff on their campus because of Franklin’s presence.

If only a few sign with Georgia State that could make a big difference.

As these power conference schools push for autonomy within the NCAA — the ability to make many of their own decisions — the big talk has been about full cost of attendance and extra benefits for athletes.

Surely that will be among the first things discussed when the big schools get together, but you can bet satellite camps won’t be down the agenda.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze would like to see consistency among the rules from conference to conference.
“I wish it was a national rule,” Freeze said. “I don’t particularly want another school in a BCS conference coming into our state and running a camp. So we would like to see our rule be a national rule. I’d love to see it be the same.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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