Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camp tour of the United States is growing to 25 known camps in 15 states.
One of them will be at Paramus Catholic on June 8, school president James Vail confirmed, growing the bond between Michigan and the high school that once featured top Michigan recruits Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary. Chris Partridge, the Wolverines’ linebackers and special teams coach, formerly coached Paramus.
Vail told Michigan he only had one suggestion, that Rutgers be included, and Harbaugh didn’t flinch. But NJ.com reported Friday night that Rutgers coach Chris Ash declined.
Harbaugh is already scheduled to be the commencement speaker at the high school the following day, June 9.
The Paramus camp reportedly will feature coaches from Boston College, Syracuse, Temple, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Villanova and Monmouth serving as instructors.
That may not be the only stop. TheWolverine.com reported that Michigan will have a camp at The Hun School in Princeton, N.J. on June 7 and the No. 143 player in the 2017 class, defensive tackle Fred Hansard, attends that school.
A few other camps emerged Friday as The State newspaper revealed that Harbaugh’s crew will participate in the South Carolina Elite Prospects Camp at Columbia Ridge View High School on June 17.
Michigan will be one of a number of schools at the event, joining Wisconsin, Colorado State, Coastal Carolina, The Citadel, Mercer, South Carolina State, Newberry, Campbell, Johnson C. Smith and Charleston Southern, according to the report.
Harbaugh will not attend himself, but four of his assistants will. Apparently, not every Michigan coach will attend every camp this summer.
Though there are no apparent elite 2017 recruits in the area, 2018’s No. 4-ranked player, defensive end Xavier Thomas, lives about an hour east, in Florence, S.C., and the No. 26 overall player in the 2018 class, Richburg, S.C., defensive tackle Josh Belk is about an hour north.
U-M will also hit Jacksonville’s Trinity Christian Academy for a camp on June 3, Brent Martineau, the sports director at Jacksonville’s CBS/Fox television station reported.
The same day, U-M will have a satellite camp at Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas, according to Bleacher Report.
On June 9, U-M will be at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Ohio for a camp.
On June 12, U-M will have coaches at the Empire Showcase in Norco, Calif.
The camp in Addison, Texas, moved to June 14 to accommodate on on June 13 in Houston, according to a report in Houston.
After last summer’s seven-state Summer Swarm tour, the Wolverines have expanded. On Thursday, Harbaugh said he hadn’t decided on the final number of camps. He also said there’s not a common criteria for the locations, even though most seem to be at or near the high school of a major prospect.
“Good places to go, people we have a connection with or friends, people that ask us,” he said. “That’s probably the biggest way that works: People reach out.”