OSU, Others Take Satellite Camps To New Level

Oklahoma State will be joining with 15 other schools, including host Division III Mary Hardin-Baylor, to host satellite camps throughout Texas next month.

With all the furor over whether schools could have satellite camps or not this spring now settled and the popular camps with football prospects and college football coaches on the calendar you have schools that are taking the idea to new levels.

Michigan and controversial head coach Jim Harbaugh announced that they will hold a satellite camp in Australia. Michigan will participate in a football camp hosted by the Monbulk Soccer Club. Harbaugh had three players on his San Francisco 49ers team in the NFL from Australia.

A more practical advance in satellite camps is coming to the camps hosted by Mary Hardin-Baylor that Oklahoma State has participated in for seven years during Mike Gundy's tenure as head football coach. The last few years schools such as New Mexico, Utah, and Utah State have participated in the camps.

This years camps will include four coaches or more from the following schools: Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Oregon State, Arizona State, Northwestern, Boise State, Memphis, Tulane, Colorado State, Arkansas State, Yale, Stephen F. Austin, and host Mary Hardin-Baylor. That is 16 schools, eight from power five conferences, five from group of five conferences, two from FCS, and host Mary Hardin-Baylor is a Division III school in the NCAA.

Football prospects will be able to be seen by coaches from all 16 schools and could attract attention from the Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West, Conference USA, American Athletic Conference, Sun Belt, Ivy League, and Southland Conference.

"It will be the way everybody will be doing it in a few years," Gundy said.

Oklahoma State has had success with its involvement with satellite camps. Gundy was one of the many coaches critical of the ban that happened earlier this spring and was dictated by the NCAA Division I Council, but on April 28 was overturned or rescinded by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.

"It has given us an opportunity for 12 years to go out and coach, and allow young people in other parts of the state who might not be able to come to Stillwater and be at our camps, we can bring our show to them," Gundy explained to the Tulsa World at the time of the ban. "They can see us as coaches and see us as people and maybe draw an interest in Oklahoma State University based on, those guys are good coaches, I like them, they're personable, they're exciting, they're enthusiastic. Maybe I want to go check out Oklahoma State."

With all the added schools how could that benefit Oklahoma State, wouldn't it be taking away any advantage of being out on the road at one of the five stops in Texas seeing kids that could be recruiting prospects? The answer is with more schools involved it pumps up the interest level and is likely to bring that many more youngsters to the event. The brochure put out by Mary Hardin-Baylor states they are saving 300 spots for pre-enrollees to the camp. 

The camp sites and times are as follows:

Thursday, June 2 at Mary Hardin-Baylor's Crusader Stadium in Belton, Texas with registration starting at 5 p.m. and the camp running from 6 p.m. thru 8 p.m.

Friday, June 3 at Dub Farris Athletic Complex in San Antonio, Texas with registration at 9 a.m. and the camp running from 10 a.m. thru noon

Friday, June 3 at Cy-Ridge High School in Houston, Texas with registration at 5 p.m. and the camp running from 6 p.m. thru 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 4 at John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas with registration at 9 a.m. and the camp running from 10 a.m. thru noon

Saturday, June 4 at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas (Dallas suburb) with registration at 5 p.m. and the camp running from 6 p.m. thru 8 p.m.

The cost of the camp is $40 and you can reserve a spot by calling 254-295-4226.

We've never seen it before, 16 schools together working camps in Texas. I believe that Gundy is right and this idea will catch on much faster than satellite camps in Australia. 

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