How impactful have satellite camps been? Athlete Anthony Grant would probably say they have made a big difference and a positive one for him.
Grant (5-11, 184) attends Buford (GA) and that's a school that has put out plenty of talent over the years. Each year coaches from college football programs across the south and elsewhere visit Buford to learn more about the school's top players.
Grant has benefited from the exposure that comes from playing at Buford over the summer too. There was a satellite camp at Grant's high school and both he and many of his teammates were there to work out and work with those coaches that recruit the school every year. NC State's coaches were at the satellite camp and they were blown away by Grant's performance.
"I was at the Buford satellite camp and that's when North Carolina State offered me," Grant said. "I don't remember the exact day or time or whatever but it was during the summer because of the camp. The camp we had at the school. I think they had like two or three of their coaches there. I don't remember how much I worked with those coaches but they were telling me that they liked me and that they liked what I was doing."
Grant is still a junior in high school so those coaches and the others in Raleigh are still more focused on players who are older than him. They have still kept in touch with Grant on Twitter and other social media websites and that has been weekly.
"I still don't know a lot about North Carolina State but I am going to visit. I just don't know when yet. But I will be going there."
Grant took a visit to Louisville not long ago and all reports afterwards were that he had a very good time. He was there for the Cardinals win against Florida State.
"Louisville was my first offer. They offered me before anybody else. I think that was around the end of my sophomore year. I've kept in touch with them too. I've been to Louisville and last Saturday I went to Georgia. But the Louisville game, I was shocked about that. I couldn't believe how that went."