Harbaugh adds third summer camp stop in Mississippi

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Jim Harbaugh

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s summer is starting to take shape.

Harbaugh’s “Swarm Tour” Part II already has three stops, with a camp at Pearl High in Mississippi announced Wednesday. He and his staff will work the Pearl camp on June 8.

That’s two days after his stop at Bob Jones High in Madison, Alabama.

Harbaugh also is scheduled for the Showtyme Elite Football Camp at Green Hill Private School in Dallas on June 13. The schools host the camp and Harbaugh and his staff are guest instructors.

Last year, Harbaugh and his staff traveled from June 4-12, making nine  stops at camps in Indianapolis, Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and California, ending at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in metro Detroit.

Harbaugh has said the camps are a way for players who can’t afford to make an unofficial visit to Michigan the ability to experience the program. Certainly, it is a recruiting tool for Michigan and can help them identify potential recruits.

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“Jim Harbaugh is on the forefront in college athletics with what he is doing,” Pearl coach John Perry told the Clarion-Ledger. “We are excited to have him here. It should be a really cool deal. Anytime you get a chance to be at a football camp with Jim Harbaugh and his coaches, you have to be excited. That’s why they had 500 people show up at Prattville (Alabama, last year).”

While the SEC and ACC commissioners have been outspoken about Harbaugh’s decision to take his team to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, for spring practice during spring break, they also are challenging these satellite camps.

Last summer, several SEC and ACC coaches voiced opposition to Harbaugh’s “Swarm Tour.” Those conferences only permit their coaches to work camps within a 50-mile radius of their campuses.

The ACC and SEC in January submitted to the NCAA a proposal that would abolish satellite camps. The ACC proposal would forbid universities to use secondary sites for camps, instead allowing only camps held on campus or facilities used regularly by the program. The SEC proposal would prohibit coaches from working as guest coaches at another school’s camp, as Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald did last summer at Harbaugh’s summer camp. These proposals are expected to be considered and voted on by the NCAA in April.