VAUGHT: Camps can help recruiting

While it's nice to have players on campus for summer camps to give a coaching staff an extra evaluation period, it's not the only way for UK coaches to get a feel for how good a player is. Kentucky is now in its third week of summer football camp. Offensive coordinator Joker Phillips estimates that UK signed five or six players last year that attended a Kentucky summer camp.

"It is a good evaluation tool for us and gives us a chance to get kids on campus. Kids are making decisions a lot sooner now. If we can get them on campus and evaluate them quicker, it gives us a chance to get involved a little quicker with some big-name players."

However, with the emphasis — and success — UK has had on recruiting in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, summer camps are not quite as important because the Kentucky staff can see those players during full spring workouts.

"We go out in May and get to see them practice and that is like having them in camp. Kids in Kentucky, we don't get to see them compete in the spring," Phillips said. "So that is really good for us with them and the kids in Ohio. It's nice to get them in a camp setting so we can evaluate them that way where we get to see those kids down south when they are actually practicing.


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