On Friday, The NCAA Division I Council announced effectively immediately the banning of football satellite camps and coaches from attending any camps outside than their own facilities.
The ruling has caused major feedback in and around college football already.
While to some – most notably to the ACC and SEC – the satellite camps served as a recruiting advantage. The traction of the rule change came when Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh utilized a 10 camp tour in nine days last summer, locating in key ACC-SEC recruiting hotbeds in Florida, Alabama and Texas among others, which led to the eventual rule change on Friday.
However, lost in the translation in the ruling is how it will affect perspective student-athletes, who use these camps like Detroit’s own “Sound Mind Sound Body” as an opportunity to get noticed by coaches who otherwise would never see them play.
And, well, current Michigan players and top recruits have spoken.
Former Sound Mind Sound Body alumni have used their social media Twitter accounts with the message “#ChangeNCAA,” advocating to the NCAA to change their recent ruling.
Michigan All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis, a Detroit Cass Tech graduate and SMSB alumni, voiced his concerns earlier today.
U-M quarterback Shane Morris was a constant member of SMSB in his younger years, and pointed out the "opportunity" lost for players with the recent ruling.
Mo Ways, who started playing football his junior season at Detroit Country Day, fully credits SMSB with his eventual commitment to Michigan with the explore he received at SMSB.
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech four-star 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, who is considered the top prospect from Michigan, pointed out the “foundation” SMSB had helped him build, plus benefits of meeting coaching staffs he would otherwise never meet.
People-Jones' Cass Tech teammate, 2017 safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell also gave credit to SMSB for his current opportunities in his recruitment.