Expecting to play host to more than 2,000 football campers in the next week, Auburn's camp coordinator, Wayne Bolt, said it's an exciting time around the football complex.
"Interest has grown," Bolt said. "We're probably up 40 percent from other years simply because of the national championship, and that's good. We'll probably have 550 kids in here from Monday through Wednesday. It's the largest group we've had since we've been here. Last year we had around 350.
"It is huge for not only football, but the university because we'll have 2,500 kids coming through here," Bolt added. "I'm sure the other camps have a bunch, too.
"They will be here seeing Auburn," Bolt pointed out. "Every one of them will be in our stadium. They'll see the renovations as well, but won't be able to practice on our practice fields. They'll be able to see all the new and improved things we're doing."
While the highlight of the camp season is always the two senior camps that attract bluechip prospects, one in June and the other in July, the coaches will have a chance to interact with players of all ages in the Tiger Camp, the Team Passing Camp (also featuring a lineman camp), the Kicking Camp and separate Special Teams Camp.
"There will be some good players here," Bolt said. "We've had some good players come through. They will be from fourth grade to upcoming seniors. It's a good recruiting tool not only for football, but for Auburn University to get the young kids involved in Auburn and the older ones learn more about Auburn and the Auburn Family."
Sammie Coates received a scholarship offer from Auburn last summer after performing well at an AU camp. The Leroy High star will be a freshman for the 2011 Tigers.
Auburn's camps have been good to the Tigers in the past with names such as Aairon Savage, T'Sharvan Bell, Chad Slade, Demetruce McNeal and last year wide receivers Sammie Coates and Jaylon Denson among the dozens who have showed their impressive skills on the Plains in the summer. Bolt said it's a good way for the coaches and players to get to know each other as well as a big learning tool for players hoping to improve their games.
"It gets to showcase their talent to our coaches," Bolt said. "It gives our coaches a chance to see them. It's invaluable. Anytime you get a chance to get a kid on your campus it's invaluable. Anytime we can get them on our campus it's good because our campus sells itself, and our coaches sell themselves."