Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh rarely steps away from a challenge. So when Rutgers coach Chris Ash declined an invitation to attend the Next Level Football Camp on June 8 at Paramus Catholic High School and formed his own New Jersey event for that night, with Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Harbaugh wasn’t likely to let it be.
Originally intended to host 400 kids — a number reached in the first eight days of registration — the Paramus camp has expanded. It will allow at least 450 kids — a diverse group of players from 170 schools in 11 states and Washington, D.C.
At least 90 college coaches from 35 teams — including Michigan — and 13 states will be on hand, and it will be live-streamed via three cameras.
Another revelation came today: Harbaugh’s brother and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh (plus some Ravens staff) will work the camp.
“This camp is not about any college against another, or Paramus Catholic against anyone,” Paramus president James Vail wrote in an open letter. “It is a rare opportunity for the staffs of 35 colleges and counting to model teamwork to the students by collaborating together in providing them quality football instruction. High schools are about creating opportunities for kids, not restricting them. Our camp will be a rare opportunity to meet and to learn from so many coaches who compete at various levels in one place at one time. Our neighbors get to do so with minimal travel, while they will make new friends with participants who are traveling from as far as Virginia and Massachusetts.”
Note: Another day, another new U-M satellite camp. U-M coaches will attend an event at Las Vegas Chaparral High School at 5 p.m. June 22, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Chaparral coach Paul Nihipali is the father-in-law of U-M director of player personnel Tony Tuioti.