Where LSU should hold satellite camps

SEC schools can hold satellite camps next summer if not banned by the NCAA. Where should LSU hold theirs?

Everybody loves talking about satellite camps. They’ve been the hot topic of this offseason and were a major discussion point Wednesday at the SEC meetings in Destin, Fla.

For those unfamiliar with satellite camps, they’re held in a different location from a school’s campus. It allows the coaches to go to various parts of the country and evaluate recruits outside their typical footprint. The idea started picking up national attention this spring when Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh announced they’d hold satellite camps in SEC territory.

That rubbed the conference coaches the wrong way. Though satellite camps don’t have that big of an effect on a certain program, (how many kids would really consider a B1G school because it held a camp in Birmingham?) the SEC still cried foul.

The reason? Because they aren’t allowed to have them, and if an SEC team thinks it’s at a disadvantage, they’re going to try to change that.

So that’s where the SEC meetings come in. SEC commissioner Mike Slive said if the NCAA doesn’t adopt the SEC’s proposal to ban satellite camps nationwide, the conference will permit its schools to have their own.

Les Miles welcomed that. “I promise you, all summer next year, we’ll be in all different locations,” he said.

So if the practice becomes legal for SEC coaches, where should LSU hold its satellite camps next summer? Here are TSD’s top five locations:

SOUTH FLORIDA: LSU recruits that part of the country as hard as any program. Corey Raymond in particular has made that his home base and has pulled at least one defensive back from South Florida in each class since he’s been with LSU. The Tigers DBU reputation resonates there stronger than anywhere else, and the camp would certainly attract a ton of big names. LSU certainly wouldn’t have much trouble finding the next Patrick Peterson or Kevin Toliver.

LOS ANGELES: You know Ed Orgeron would love to get back to his old stomping grounds. LSU doesn’t typically have much success out West. The Tigers typically get one or two California prospects to visit each year, but they always have a tough time reeling them in. Maybe if Coach O gets out there in the summer and starts to fly the flag for LSU, the Tigers might get a bit more out of that talent-rich region.

HOUSTON/DALLAS: The state of Texas has always been kind to LSU. Not only does Houston have the largest LSU alumni base outside Louisiana, it’s also home to a wealth of talent (the same goes for Dallas). The Tigers don’t usually have much trouble stealing recruits from the in-state schools, and especially with Texas A&M now in the SEC, it would be big for LSU to continue cementing its position in the Lone Star State.

NASHVILLE: The state of Tennessee doesn’t typically get enough credit for the amount of talent it produces. Both Nashville and Memphis are big-time hotbeds for football players, and we’ve seen in the last couple years LSU try harder to make inroads there. Player personnel director Austin Thomas is originally from Nashville and does a great job evaluating talent from there. Kevin Steele also has some roots there from his days playing at Tennessee.

BIRMINGHAM: What better way to stick it to Alabama than to go hold a camp in the Crimson Tide’s backyard? Coach Steele has made that state a much bigger priority than LSU had before his arrival. He’s trying to reel in some big fish for the 2016 class, and maybe holding some camps there would help his efforts in the future.

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