It’s now the middle of June and schools will continue to have various satellite camps around the country. As for Oklahoma, the Sooners are done.
And Bob Stoops wants to keep it that way. Stoops said last week at the OU caravan in Tulsa he doesn’t have a problem with satellite camps, but he also doesn’t anticipate changing the way he has conducted them throughout the years.
Satellite camps are not new to OU as the Sooners usually hit the Dallas area and Houston area for camps before calling it a day for the summer. OU did that again this year with stops at Mesquite and South Grand Prairie one day and Klein, Texas, last week
“I think there’s a place for them,” Stoops said. “But I think, like everything, it just needs to be regulated. And I think hopefully that will come. Here’s your opportunity, whatever it may be, here’s let’s keep it within reasons. Not that you restrict anything, but maybe you just put it in a time capsule to say here’s a 10-day window to do whatever.”
Stoops understands the value of the camps. OU has used them well in the past. Starting center Jonathan Alvarez was a two-star recruit for the 2014 class, but it didn’t matter to the Sooners after getting to watch him at a satellite camp.
Last year’s camp was when OU offered Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison and Cedar Hill (Texas) High wide receiver Charleston Rambo. Both of them are now committed to the Sooners and have been for some time.
Stoops disagreed with the notion that satellite camps are a hot-button topic right now, insisting it’s being talked about simply because there is no other news going on at the moment.
As for branching out and doing more of them, it’s not in the cards. Stoops doesn’t care that Michigan will be having 26 of them. You can only sign so many players, and you have to give yourself time to decompress to get ready for the season.
“Let’s make sure assistant coaches have a life at a time when they’re used to having one,” Stoops said.
Other schools are traveling across the country, from region-to-region. OU’s camps have always been in Texas. Again, it looks like it will stay that way as well.
“We’ve talked about it,” said Stoops about going outside of Texas. “But what your payback is going to be with it – I don’t know if it’s usually worth it. Proximity always matters. Whether you go there or not, it’s still going to matter at the end of the day.”
OU was able to get a lot of top prospects to its one-day elite camp in Norman, including several of the SoonerSquad17 commits. With OU’s class rolling the way it is right now, camps aren’t so much about 2017 prospects but about finding the next big thing for 2018, 2019.
And when doing that, it’s key to stick to high schools for these events.
“I think that is the right way if you’re going to have them to have them… We need to stay tied to high schools and high school coaches more than anything,” Stoops said.