Today, Staten talks about the nuts and bolts of Michigan State's summer football camps.
GSN: What do you learn at camp that helps you to evaluate a potential player?
STATEN: "Their power can be tested, their footwork can be tested all of those intangibles, their ability to learn and grasp concepts, their attention to detail. When you're watching film you don't know what they're being taught, it might be something totally different."
GSN: How much can a player learn from attending a camp session?
STATEN: "As you and I both know there's many ways to skin a cat. There coach might be teaching them something entirely different and you might see it as incorrect, in how you teach the exact same mechanism, but truthfully its the way they're being taught so, you're able to put things in their head that can help them in their final (high school) year."
"You also can see them around others, how they react; are they getting to the front of the line or are they in the back of the line? Are they gassed and pushing through it or are they gassed and leaning over gasping for breath?"
"These are all the (little) things that take a team that's at the bottom and push them to the top. That's what every team in the nation needs, they need those leaders, those kids that will fight through."
GSN: Will not attending any of MSU's camp sessions affect the coaching staff's interest in a potential player? What if a player can't make a session due to, say, transportation issues?
STATEN: "I don't think it affects our interest in them, but it affects the perceived interest they have in us."
"If you're getting married and a few people that you think are you're best friends call you up and tell you their not making it, well you're saying to yourself 'Are these guys really my best friends?' 'Why aren't they making my wedding, they aren't doing anything, they're just going fishing or something that day. They taking fishing over me?' It can hurt the perception you feel they have toward you."
There's a thousand ways to skin a cat, so if perhaps (a player) can't make (one session) because of transportation but then there (were sessions) on June 22nd, there's three days of camp in July, there's many different opportunites.
There's two one-day camps that kids can work out that are (permitted by the NCAA), there's many different days out there and you would hope that on one of those days, they would be able to make it. Because if you're reaching your hand out to them you would hope that they would reach out their hand to you as well."
Next: Staten talks about what MSU looks for players and its philosophy on recruiting.