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How the satellite camp ban impacts recruiting in Illinois

How the satellite camp ban impacts recruiting in Illinois

The NCAA policy-making Division 1 council last Friday announced a ruling that effectively shuts down off campus satellite camps for all FBS-level schools. No longer can D-1 schools leave campus to host satellite camps, nor can they attend other satellite camps. 

The entire off-campus satellite camp became a major issue last summer when Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh held 10 satellite camps in nine days, including stops in Florida, Texas and California. Several Power Five conferences --most notably the SEC and ACC-- publicly complained about the camps since both conferences already had rules in place banning schools from hosting any satellite camps. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald also voiced his displeasure at the NCAA satellite camp ban on his Twitter account

So what will the immediate impact be regarding the banning of these camps? Sadly, it will be felt at the high school player level, and in particular, it'll impact student-athletes who won't have the means to travel from camp to camp. 

For example, Illinois will no longer be able to host satellite camps from one end of the state to the other. NIU and head coach Rod Carey will no longer be able to utilize Chicago's Gately Stadium for a similar camp. Both of these schools used these camps to find loads of talent over the past several years. But there's also a secondary loss here: these off-site camps also served as a nice way for the football programs to get out into the community and build some excitement for the school. 

How will this impact Northwestern? While Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats didn't leave campus for its summer camps, NU has regularly hosted the Chicagoland Showcase, arguably one of the most successful and cost-effective camps in the state. The Chicagoland Showcase attracts hundreds of college assistant coaches which, up until this year, would include several D-1 schools -- most notably Mid-American Conference schools. Year in and year out, multiple names had been "discovered" at the Showcase camp.

Marist three-star inside linebacker recruit Micah Awodiran (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) readily admits that the Northwestern Showcase camp put him on the recruiting map.

"I was introduced to several of the top assistant D-1 level coaches in the country at the Showcase camp," Awodiran said. "I met a ton of coaches and I was able to pick up my first few D-1 offers because of that camp. It will impact a lot of guys coming up now."

The Northwestern Chicagoland Showcase camp will continue this summer, yet the overall impact of the camp will undoubtedly be a bit less crowded without D-1 coaches in the crowd.

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Parents will also suffer the brunt of the new NCAA rule on satellite camps. Parents and high school prospects will now need to travel from one D-1 school to the next. Just the travel cost alone will discourage many players and families from attending certain camps. 

"The camps are a huge opportunity for kids," Awodiran added. "Kids with limited money had a chance to be seen by a ton of schools. Now they will be very limited in which camps they can go to, if they can even go to any of them now."

It will be interesting to see if the in-state FCS level schools could benefit from their own satellite camps. Schools such as Southern Illinois and Western Illinois have hosted satellite camps in the past and both have Chicagoland satellite dates set for this summer. 

94 Days to Kickoff: Kaneland

94 Days to Kickoff: Kaneland

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we'll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Kaneland

Head coach: Pat Ryan

Assistant coaches: Mike Thorgesen, Ryan Gierke, John Pavlak, Drew Sterkel, Matt Smith, Zack Martinelli, Ryan Noel, Mike Lotz, Anthony Mastropieri, Trevor McKeown and Alec Aurelio

How they fared in 2017: 7-4 (3-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference). The Knights made the Class 5A state playoff field. They defeated Lindblom, then lost to Sterling in second round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Hinsdale South 

Aug. 31 vs Geneva 

Sept. 7 vs Rich Central 

Sept. 14 @ Sterling 

Sept. 21 vs DeKalb 

Sept. 28 @ Sycamore 

Oct. 5 @ Yorkville 

Oct. 12 vs Morris 

Oct. 19 vs Rochelle

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Biggest storyline: Will the Knights leave their mark in the last season of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East conference?

Names to watch this season: RB Jonathan Alstott and OL/DL Drew Hahn.
 
Biggest holes to fill: The Knights will need to reload in a few key spots, especially at QB and on the O-line; however, they bring back a nice core of 11 returning starters (five offense, six defense).

EDGY's Early Take: The Knights are still in search of a new conference to call home after the 2018 season. The Northern Illinois Big 12 is in its last season under its current form. This year's Knights have a chance to get back to the state playoff field. The schedule is very tough, but this team will challenge every single week come August. 

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we'll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Waubonsie Valley

Head coach: Paul Murphy

Assistant coaches: Ron Griffin, Tom Baumgarnter, Chris Genslinger, Brad Caldwell, Josh Cuttone, Noel Soto, Ryan Voitik, Duane Butts and Ken Anderson

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Waubonsie Valley failed to qualify for the IHSA playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Oak Park-River Forest

Aug. 31 vs Libertyville

Sept 7 @ Neuqua Valley

Sept. 14 @ Edwardsville

Sept. 21 vs Naperville North

Sept. 28 vs Neuqua Valley

Oct. 5 vs Prairie Ridge

Oct. 12 @ Naperville Central

Oct. 19 @ Metea Valley

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Biggest storyline: It's all about the schedule. Can the Warriors survive a challenging lineup --which includes playing Neuqua Valley twice-- and make the playoffs?

Names to watch this season: WR Julian Cain and DL Avante Rogers

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will have several new faces on both the offensive and defensive lines in 2018. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's not often that veteran head coach Paul Murphy and his Warriors view the playoffs from home. But that's what happened last year. They were the first Waubonsie team since 2006 to do just that. Look for the Warriors to rely on a strong group of receivers to bounce back this fall. They also feature a good group of underclassmen ready to step up. Also, they will need to get used to life in the newly-realigned DuPage Valley Conference. The 2018 schedule includes two games against big district rival Neuqua Valley and a loaded non-conference slate which includes some heavy hitters.