While there are many benefits of conducting satellite camps, such as further strengthening the WKU brand in the region, the primary purpose for the Hilltoppers coaching staff is to have a greater opportunity to evaluate talent.
With approximately 700-800 prospects participating in the three Western Kentucky satellite camps in recent days, the chances to find a few potential future Hilltoppers was high. It's already resulted in the program's first commitment and it has resulted in a few new scholarship offers handed out.
One that could see a WKU offer extended his way in the coming days in Charleston (S.C.) Ashley Ridge quarterback Steven Duncan. At 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, Duncan possesses the physical stature that coaches love, and as he displayed at WKU's camp at Gallatin, Tenn on Monday evening, has the arm and understanding to become an FBS quarterback.
Following the conclusion of Monday's camp, WKU head coach Jeff Brohm and offensive coordinator Tyson Helton spent quite a few minutes visiting with prospect and explained how highly they both think of his ability.
“He liked me a lot and so does Coach Helton” Duncan told WKUInsider.com. “They love me a lot and told me that they like what I could bring to Western Kentucky.
Following the conclusion of their satellite camp tour, Brohm will gather his coaches to further evaluate a handful of camp participants and will make the decision then whether to offer Duncan.
“Coach Helton and Coach Brohm basically told me that they were going to finish their camp circuit and then we're going to make a decision. They told me multiple times that I'm the best quarterback that they've seen this year and that I'm number one on their board.”
An offer from the Hilltoppers would be big moment for Duncan.
“It means a lot because I went up there on their Junior Day and I really enjoyed the school and it's a beautiful campus,” he said. “It reminds me of the school, in Clemson, that I used to close to. It reminds me a lot of home. I really enjoyed it. They are sort of number one on my board, as well. To hear that from them is a relief because it's a school that I like.”
In addition to WKU, Duncan has also recently camped with Purdue and UT-Martin and has a Penn State satellite camp on his schedule.
“Western Kentucky was the main one that I wanted to hit,” he explained. “They told me awhile ago that they wanted me to be there, so that was a big one. A lot of schools are wanting to see me and inviting me”
Duncan has posted some huge numbers during his three years of high school ball and is poised for a big season this fall. He could eclipse 10,000 yards during his prep career before he's finished.
In addition to multiple FCS offers, Duncan is also drawing interest from Duke, NC State, Rutgers and others. With more offers likely to come his way during his senior season, an offer from WKU would be a significant one.
“I hope it's pretty soon,” he said. “It's a school that I really like and I could see myself at.”