BEDMINSTER, N.J. – Rutgers was well represented at Sam Houston State's football camp in Huntsville, Texas last week. Head coach Kyle Flood adds visits Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday to work Bethune Cookman's camp in person.
Working camps outside of Rutgers is not new to Flood – he did it multiple times under Greg Schiano – but the move to the Big Ten means a return of unconventional camp action.
"It's certainly not something that's new to Rutgers," Flood said." I think we might have been out on the forefront of it.
"… I was here to experience it for two years, and we did it down in Florida at a couple of different sites. I thought it was great because I always think that the live evaluation is so valuable. Not just to see the talent of the player but to see the personality of the player as you coach them."
The decision to work a camp in Texas is based on Flood's relationship with first-year Sam Houston coach K.C. Keeler.
Flood won an FCS national title under Keeler during his time at Delaware.
"I think when it fits, then you do it," Flood said. "A place like Houston is a Continental United hub just like Newark is. You've got a multitude of flights. That's really what you need if you're going to go into those kind of areas. It really helps facilitate it a little bit."
Rutgers signed seven Florida players in the 2014 class. Flood picked Bethune Cookman based on his relationship with the head coach – former Rutgers assistant Brian Jenkins.
"It's the same thing in Florida," Flood said. "I think if it wasn't the right fit, if I didn't have somebody like Brian Jenkins to work with down there, I don't know how eager I would be to do it."