Jim Harbaugh is apparently making Indiana a priority on the recruiting trail.
The new Michigan football coach picked up a commitment two weeks ago from Avon’s Brandon Peters, one of the state’s top prospects in the upcoming senior class. On Thursday, Michigan announced its plans for a “Summer Swarm Tour 2015”, where its coaches work at nine football camps for a nine-day period in June.
The first stop? June 4, at Bishop Chatard High School.
The other Midwest stops on the tour are in Detroit and Pennsylvania. The remainder are in the recruiting hotspots of California (two), Texas (two), Alabama and Florida.
“We are excited to go across the country and teach youth football in these communities,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “This is a great way for us to continue to be ambassadors for the great game of football.”
Bishop Chatard athletic director Mike Ford said this is the first time the school has hosted a camp of this sort. Several football programs – including Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State – have taken part in “satellite camps.” NCAA rules prohibit programs from hosting camps more than 50 miles from campus, but coaches are allowed to be invited as guests.
The Big Ten’s use of satellite camps has irked some SEC coaches. The SEC does not allow its coaches to participate in camps farther than 50 miles from campus.
“I wish it was a national rule,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told ESPN last year. “I don’t particularly want another school in a BCS conference coming into our state and running a camp. So we would like to see our rule be a national rule. I’d love to see it be the same.”
Ford said the camp is open to all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. The preregistration cost is $40 and interested players can sign up at bishopchatardathletics.org.