Western Kentucky football held its second of three satellite camps at Gallatin (Tenn.) High School on Monday evening, drawing prospects from across the Volunteer State, as well as from Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere.
Monday's stop followed a trip to Shelbyville (Ky.) Collins High School, which drew over 300 student-athletes. The turnout in Gallatin didn't eclipse that number, but it wasn't far off. The large group worked for three hours on a summer-like evening. Hilltoppers head coach Jeff Brohm spent time evaluating each position group, frequently interacting with many of the participants.
“We want to make sure that in these areas there is no stone unturned,” Jeff Brohm said following the event. “We work hard at that, we get to know coaches, we get to know the players, we get to see them in person. I like to see them perform and it makes a big difference.”
Word has certainly spread that the WKU believes that its home region produces quality, yet often overlooked talent.
“I think the guys in the surrounding area know that we're committed to getting the best player in this area. (We're) not just going to go elsewhere and think everything is better somewhere else, the grass is always greener somewhere else. We feel like there's good football in Kentucky and Tennessee.”
The Hilltoppers enjoyed success landing commitments from camp participants during last season's recruiting cycle and picked up their first – Frankfort (Ky.) athlete Anthony Robinson – in the Class of 2016 following it's camp at Collins.
“We feel like we've done a pretty good job of offering recruits that we've seen in camp,” Brohm explained. “We've seen them perform, we've seen how they compete, we see the type of personality and work ethic they have. All that stuff matters.
“You can watch video, but sometimes if you don't see them in person you don't get a true test of what they're made of, so we think it makes a difference. We offered and got committed quite a few guys at our camps last year and hopefully we do the same this year.”
- WKU's camp didn't just attract prospects. Former Louisville and Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English happened to be passing through Bowling Green and made a stop to visit with a few members of the Hilltoppers staff. What was supposed to be a short visit, resulted in the defensive guru assisting as a coach at the WKU camp.
- English wasn't the only coach present. WKU opens its satellite camps to other college coaches, providing them an opportunity to evaluate talent in the region. Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky Wesleyan and Lindsey-Wilson were among the programs present in Gallatin.
- WKU will conduct its third and final satellite camp on Tuesday evening at McCracken County in Paducah, Ky.
Stay tuned to WKUInsider.com for updates on top camp performers, possible new offers and more.