LSU will hold its first satellite camp in the Shreveport area on Thursday, June 2, in Bossier City on the three “Freedom Fields” of the First Baptist Bossier Church. The NCAA recently approved such camps outside a school’s campus area, and schools across the nation are busy scheduling them for recruiting and brand awareness purposes.
“They have three beautiful fields,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We want to invite the high school athletes from northern Louisiana.”
The “Freedom Fields” have artificial turf and were built for $3.7 million in the fall of 2014. They will provide more space than Independence Stadium, which was considered for a camp by LSU. Recent Independence Bowl teams Miami and West Virginia practiced at the First Baptist Bossier facility, which does not have seating but does have room between and near the fields for fans. Fans are expected to be able to attend the camp for free, though some details are still being worked out.
“Bring your lawn chairs,” Jarrod Love, the recreations director for First Baptist Bossier said. “We will probably let fans watch outside the fences and parents within the fences.”
High school football players who want to participate in the camps should pre-register through www.lsusports.net.
Miles said that LSU will also have a camp at the New Orleans Saints facility on June 4.
“We want to serve this state,” he said.
Miles said he also wants other in-state schools at his camps as long as they do not participate in camps with out-of-state schools, which is what Tulane will be doing with LSU’s SEC West rival Texas A&M. New Tulane coach Willie Fritz announced Thursday that the Green Wave will host a camp with the Aggies’ coaching staff on June 15 in Monroe.
“We’ve invited all the colleges in this state to participate,” Miles said. “We want ULM and ULL to join us and the other schools to be partners with us in the want to serve the state. But if they partner with an outside-state school, we’re not going to allow them to attend.”
LSU will also be hosting a camp on June 13 in DeSoto, Texas, near Dallas along with Texas-San Antonio, where former LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson is the new head coach. LSU will also be co-hosting a camp on June 14 at Galena Park in Houston.