A high school football satellite camp is coming to the Midlands.
The South Carolina Elite Prospects Camp will be held June 17 at Ridge View High School. The satellite camp will feature coaches from at least 12 different college football programs, including Division I schools Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado State and Coastal Carolina, which is making the transition from to Division I.
Ridge View coach Perry Parks said Friday afternoon that South Carolina Gamecocks coaches also will be in attendance for the camp, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon that day.
Other colleges expected to attend are The Citadel, Mercer, South Carolina State, Newberry, Campbell, Johnson C. Smith and Charleston Southern.
“I have seen things they do in Georgia at my old school Cedar Grove. I was going to go down there to help out. But I thought let’s do something like that here and get athletes in South Carolina some exposure,” Ridge View coach Perry Parks said. “It’s perfect here in the state since we are centrally located, so why not try it.”
Parks said Wisconsin coaches were the first to be on board for the camp and plans have been coming together over the last few weeks. Parks has been working with Marlboro County coach Dean Boyd to put the final touches on it.
Satellite camps have been a hot topic over the past few months. On April 8, NCAA Division I Legislative Council voted against college coaches from serving as guest instructors at satellite camps. But the NCAA Board of Directors overturned the ruling a few weeks later.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has been one of the biggest proponents of the satellite camps and he has plans for his staff to attend around 20 camps this summer, according to Detroit Free Press.
“It’s good for the prospective student-athletes, it’s good for their families, good for coaches, it’s good for competition,” Harbaugh told the Detroit Free Press this week.
Harbaugh won’t be at the camp at Ridge View, but Parks said four of his assistants will be. The college coaches will be the instructors at the one-day event. Coaches can’t directly recruit at the camp, but it does help give them a glimpse of potential players they might not normally have a chance to see.
The camp will run the day before the inaugural Bojangles’ National Guard Border War 7-on-7 at Ridge View. The 7-on-7 will feature teams from South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia. The S.C. Elite Prospect Camp will be limited to just players from South Carolina high schools.
Parks said they will have coaches from the state submit recommendations for up to six of their players to attend the camp. Cost of the camp will be $40 per player and it will be capped at 200 players.