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Report: Irish setting up summer satellite camp in 2015

May 29, 2014, 1:00 PM EST

Jaylon Smith

As the summer football camp becomes more and more important to a coaching staff’s recruiting, 247Sports is reporting that Notre Dame is planning a big move forward in their efforts.

According to Steve Wiltfong, 247’s Director of Recruiting, Notre Dame is working to set up a satellite football camp in the Atlanta area, teaming with Georgia State in the summer of 2015. Here’s more from Wiltfong’s report:

247Sports has confirmed that Notre Dame is currently working with Georgia State to work a satellite football camp in Atlanta during the summer of 2015. Sources indicate that this camp will indeed happen. Dallas and Los Angeles are two other cities that would be advantageous for the Irish to work satellite camps, with places like Orlando, Louisiana and Ohio also cities and states that could be good for ND as well. All are possibilities, it just depends on what colleges Notre Dame would work with. Georgia State head coach Trent Miles is a former assistant coach at Notre Dame and is an Indiana native.

This might not seem like a big deal from most fans’ perspective, but it’s another datapoint that Brian Kelly is serious about building his recruiting pipeline into Georgia, where a game with the Bulldogs is inching closer to fruition. The Irish aren’t the first to co-op a camp with Georgia State. James Franklin will take Penn State’s staff into the Atlanta area this summer. While NCAA rules allow coaches to hold camps within 50 miles of their campus, some SEC coaches have openly questioned this loophole, which allows a college coaching staff to work as guests of the host school. When asked about Franklin’s in-roads to his former conference, Georgia head coach Mark Richt thought it wasn’t in the spirit of the rule.

“To me, what I’m seeing is a loophole in that if another school sponsors a camp — Georgia Camp featuring Penn State coaches — or some Division II schools in Texas featuring Oklahoma’s coaches or Oklahoma State’s coaches or Texas’ coaches and then just barnstorming all around the place,” Richt said. “The rule says that everybody’s camp should be on their own institution, so it’s basically people finding a way around that rule. We think the rule was set for a reason and it ought to stay that way.”

The rich irony of SEC coaches crying foul when the spirit of a recruiting rule isn’t being followed shouldn’t be lost on anyone. (It certainly isn’t on Franklin or Brian Kelly.) And with Miles’ previous relationship with Notre Dame, and the mutual benefit earned by getting more talented recruits onto Georgia State’s campus, it’s a great idea for the Irish. Notre Dame works hard and spends a lot of money recruiting nationally. To be able to spend time in fertile recruiting grounds (as Wiltfong speculated, perhaps Dallas, Los Angeles or even Northern California are next) is a key piece of the puzzle.

  1. irishwilliamsport - May 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Richt is just pissed that he’s got more competition for recruits and now he’s going to have to pay these kids more money and buy nicer cars for their families.

    • yllibnosredna - May 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      Really, really good point about the irony of an SEC coach complaining over some other school looking for a loophole in recruitin. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Isn’t this the same guy who brought in 33 recruits a couple recruiting cycles ago? What a laughable load of b.s.

  2. smokybandit - May 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    ” While NCAA rules allow coaches to hold camps within 50 miles of their campus, some SEC coaches have openly questioned this loophole, which allows a college coaching staff to work as guests of the host school. ”

    How is it a loophole when there’s a rule that explicitly allows coaches to work at other camps?

    • bernhtp - May 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Definition of loophole: a rule that someone can utilize better than you.

      • notredameirish1980 - May 30, 2014 at 6:44 AM

        The SEC has a conference rule that forbids the guest coach position. Looks like they need to take the problem up with Slive.

    • onward2victory - May 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      It’s definitely a loophole, but it’s a dumb rule to begin with! What’s the purpose of that rule? Why can’t a school have a camp in Guam if they really wanted to??!

  3. shaunodame - May 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    All is fair in love and war (and recruiting)

  4. ndlv - May 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    What this comes down to is this: the SEC coaches don’t want coaches from other parts of the country coming down to recruit in their region (where a lot of the talented players live). Kelly and Franklin are smart to take advantage of this opportunity.

  5. ibleedirish - May 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Love this. Another shining example that BK, Swarbrick et al, truly understand the current landscape of college football and what it takes to compete on a national level. A stark contrast to past regimes for sure. Using every tool available, short of breaking rules and lowering standards, is a great thing to see.

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - May 29, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Ty Willingham probably thinks that Satellite Camp is somewhere you send your old Plymouth for the summer months.

      • ibleedirish - May 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        haha! Ty is exactly who I was thinking of!

        Bottom line, if it makes the SEC nervous, we must be on the right track

  6. papadec - May 29, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I love it!!!!!! ND out SECing the SEC. Of course, it’s only as good as the results it produces. Harvey Up – where are you?

    • bernhtp - May 29, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      To take this event to SEC levels, Kelly would need to invite many more players than can fit, park some in Juco-sponsored events, release the ones that don’t do well the first day to find their way home, and hire bag men to ensure the remainder had enough money for activities to avoid the tedium of classes and study.

      • papadec - May 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        bern – that sounds so much more refined coming from you, than from a displaced, former active duty, brewski swilling Marine like me. I was trying to clean up my act, a bit, when I was actually thinking more along the lines of F#*$ ‘em!

  7. onward2victory - May 29, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Here’s a little more on this topic by Tyler James, one of my favorite ND writers:

    http://m.southbendtribune.com/sports/college/notredame/recruiting/notre-dame-may-use-recruiting-loophole-in-sec-country/article_7c58e120-e79d-11e3-afe1-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm

    He also gives an update on Ty Isaac in that article.

  8. 4horsemenrideagain - May 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    SEC Coaches are livid about this because they know there’s no way any coach (FBS, Div. II or community college) that is out-of-state will let them “guest coach” a camp at their school. Even though Georgia State doesn’t really compete with other SEC schools, it’s a football coach in Georgia, so by definition it wouldn’t piss on a coach from Alabama, Louisiana or Florida if they were on fire. So Trent Miles can get away with teaming up with BK, or Franklin, but no way would it fly to have Saban or Les Miles guest coach at his camp. Not to mention that it would start an arms’ race in the SEC that those coaches have all but agreed to avoid.

    Just wait, now Saban and Richt will start “guest coaching” camps at Vincennes and York College to get back at BK and Franklin!

  9. tbone71 - May 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    The Irish will still have their standards when it comes to getting any kid into school. Which is something I wish someone would enforce on the SEC. Pretty easy to be the so called best conference when there are seemingly no standards keeping you from getting kids into your school that have no business being on a college campus.

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