Local high school coaches are happy their players will have a chance to get the same type of exposure this summer that they have in the past as the NCAA has lifted the ban on satellite camps.
Dale Harvel, head coach of Division 2 state champion Detroit King, believed he knows why the NCAA reversed course on the camps..
“I think it was a knee-jerk reaction to what was going on, especially with the Major Five schools taking camps all over the place and I’m not just talking about Michigan since there were other schools that were going to follow suit with Michigan,” Harvel said. “They (NCAA) finally figured out the process of what really goes on at these camps. You see the four- and five-star kids, they don’t need those satellite camps.
"The kids that need the satellite camps are the marginal kids, the kids who don’t have stars who will be seen by the MAC schools, the mid-major schools and that’s the thing that is a real advantage to the kids.
“I feel really all the things are geared around those Major Five conferences and they (NCAA) don’t look at the total picture of what’s going on in college football. I think there was enough pressure from the right places, but I think also when you look at it the NCAA is an institution that doesn’t want the perception once again that it’s all about those five conferences.
“I think when it was brought to the light that the mid-majors, the MAC and all those schools are going to be hurting and the kids that would go to those schools would be hurt and they looked at it and said this is bad perception for the NCAA. But, as you know and I know what the NCAA is all about and that’s money. I think it was public relations and public perception of what was going on that actually got them back to where it’s at today.”
Harvel said 14 of the players from his state championship team signed to play at the college level, the majority from getting seen at satellite camps like Sound Mind Sound Body.
“We had 14 kids sign anywhere from Division II to top Division I schools,” Harvel said. “We probably had nine of those kids who wouldn’t have had the opportunity if it wasn’t for Sound Mind Sound Body camps, camps like that that they can get to. And, really it’s kids from Osborn, the kids from Denby and Western who need those opportunities to be seen. There are a lot of kids who can’t get into a car and drive to Ohio to a camp or Illinois or Pennsylvania, but they can get to a camp in Troy or somewhere in the metro area and it’s a great opportunity for them.”
Warren Mott coach Tom Milanov said satellite camps are important for kids to get exposure, but then those college coaches want them on campus as the next step. He also said having good high school film plays an important role in getting an offer.
“I think it’s a tremendous benefit for players to be able to go to a couple of locations and get exposure from a lot of coaches,” said Milanov, who has been head coach at Mott since 2000, guiding the program to five straight playoff appearances and the school’s first unbeaten regular season in history in 2013. “And, there has to be the balance where a lot of coaches still want to have those kids on campus, too.
"For me, at the end of the day one of the things that is lost is you have to have good high school film out there. That’s the number one thing, coaches want to see how those players have played during their sophomore and junior years.”