Satellite Mega Camps A Huge Success

Oklahoma State coaching staff is pleased after getting the opportunity to watch and evaluate nearly 2,100 players over the course of three days at the satellite camps hosted by the Mary Hardin-Baylor coaching staff.

Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach Pete Fredenburg took some grief from fellow Baylor System school Baylor University up the road in Waco when 10 years ago he and his staff teamed with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his coaching staff to do satellite camps together in Texas. Mary Hardin-Baylor organized and Oklahoma State's reputation helped bring in more kids to the camps in places like San Antonio, Houston, East Texas, and the D-FW Metroplex.

Now after the hub bub over satellite camps from the SEC and ACC who really want to keep schools out of their talent rich states, Gundy and Fredenburg took it another step further.

"We felt like we needed to do something different,” Gundy said. "And so ... We came up with the Wal-Mart theory, where you can go to one building and get everything you need. So we started recruiting other schools."

Along for the ride with the Cowboys and MHB on the stops in Belton, Texas on the Mary Hardin-Baylor campus, San Antonio, Houston, Tyler, and Hurst were Kansas State, Kansas, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Arkansas State, Tulane, Memphis, Tulsa, Oregon State, Arizona State, Missouri, Colorado State, Boise State, and Stephen F. Austin.

The results were spectacular, and the team of Fredenburg and Oklahoma State recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr supervised close to 2,100 high school football players in the classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 over the three days. There were 642 in Houston and 503 at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, part of the Metroplex. I don't know if you could do any better as far as seeing a high number of athletes. 

Nick Saban on Alabama may gripe about it but his coaches were with TCU on a satellite tour as well. These camps, when run this well and producing these kind of results that actually are cost saving for the recruits and the schools, will not be threatened again. They are too much a smart idea. 

Fredenburg and Barr could not have been happier with the results. MHB and OSU have teamed up for 11 years now and they will do it again next year with more than likely more schools included.


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