Report: Irish setting up summer satellite camp in 2015
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:
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.
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.