Chris Ash announced Rutgers Football Tri-State Showcase as “the best camp on the East Coast” last week, and the Scarlet Knights' head coach has the all-star lineup to prove it.
Ash, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Temple head coach Matt Rhule and the majority of all three coaching staffs descend upon Fairleigh Dickinson's campus June 8 in the first camp opportunity for Rutgers during a busy month.
“It's huge,” Ash said. “You have a lot of eyes on you. You have head coaches, you have position coaches, you have coordinators. A lot of guys with eyes on you, and a lot of guys that have coached a ton of players at a high level that will be training you and putting you through drills and helping you get better. … It's not just going to be a split staff or a couple of guys from each staff.”
Fairleigh Dickinson became a perfect choice for Ash's satellite camp. Forty-five miles north of Rutgers, FDU provides easy transportation and a college-campus event allows significantly more flexibility, Ash said.
“North Jersey is an area that's convenient for New Jersey players, Pennsylvania players and players in New York and up and down the Northeast,” Ash said. “We didn't want to have it on a high school campus because of the restrictive rules with the NCAA. We just wanted a neutral site that provided a great facility for fields and lights and access to get there.”
So what makes this camp the go-to camp for prospects? Ash highlights three unique opportunities.
“You have the opportunity get coached by some of the best coaches in college football when you combine Rutgers, Ohio State and Temple and what they've done there. All three of us together, you've got a trio of some outstanding coaching going on there. That's the first thing and most important thing. If you're a guy that's looking to get recruited, you have a chance to be evaluated by a bunch of people."
“It's really two-fold. We're going to promote the game of football and help young guys get better with great coaching. The second is that if you're a guy that is in position to get evaluated and want to get recruited, you're going to have that opportunity."
“The third thing, we're making it affordable. It's $30 per person. It's one of the cheapest camps around.”
No, Rutgers is not the only local camp set for June 8. Tough decisions epitomize the recruiting process, so a camp experience is no different than competing for junior day attendance or official visitors.
“At the end of the day, players and coaches have a lot of options,” Ash said. “I know people talk about satellite camps and needing to make choices. Every day in the recruiting process, recruits and high-school coaches have to make choices whether it's a junior day, a game day, camps, it doesn't matter. They have to make choices.”
The support in return for his first camp is strong.
“I think when you have a lot of high-school coaches that are openly making a choice to send their kids to our camp, it shows that they have trust and faith that their players are going to get taught and a chance to get evaluated at a very high level,” Ash said. “It's not just at the highest level. You've got different levels there. It means a lot.”