PRATTVILLE — They didn’t want it to end.
When Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh huddled the 475 campers together one final time Friday afternoon to conclude the Prattville Elite Football Camp, the kids let out a collective ‘aaahhh’ in disappointment.
“I know,” Harbaugh said to the crowd. “That’s it. That’s all we got for today.”
Prattville High senior Dytarious Johnson and Wetumpka High ninth-graders Kamyron Jackson and De’Angelo Jones were three of those campers who left happy that Harbaugh and his coaching staff stopped in Prattville as part of their nine-city “Summer Swarm Tour 2015.”
The camp cost $25 per person Friday.
“It was a pretty nice camp,” said Johnson, who verbally committed Saturday night to Michigan. “Hot. Intense. I liked it.”
So did Johnson’s coach.
“Great environment,” Prattville coach Chad Anderson said. “They worked our guys hard for sure. All the campers that came, I know they got something out of it. Had a good time.”
The tour continued Saturday in Tampa. Harbaugh and his staff kicked it off Thursday in Indianapolis.
“It was a great experience,” Jackson said.
Alabama coach Nick Saban and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn have spoken out against satellite camps, something SEC teams aren’t allowed to do, but Johnson didn’t have any problem with Harbaugh coming to his school Friday.
“He’s brave for it,” Johnson said. “I mean, he probably doesn’t care. It’s nice. I like it. It brings people down South new opportunity to go visit places and experience new things from different coaches from a different conference.”
Jones believes having Harbaugh at the camp will influence SEC coaches to take an even deeper look at talent in the state of Alabama.
“It makes the SEC coaches want to look at you more because a school from another division comes down here looking at you,” Jones said.
Johnson said he learned “a lot” at the four-hour camp.
“I learned how to get in my stance and how to turn my hips,” said Johnson, who plays linebacker. “The footwork.”
Jackson was excited to have a former NFL coach at the camp. Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons at San Francisco, leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII.
“It makes you do better when you have a guy who coached in the NFL here,” Jackson said.