LSU continues to finalize plans for satellite camps, but a national recruiting outlet is reporting a handful of stops for the Tigers.
LSU coach Les Miles and his staff will spend June 6-12 at four different two-day camps in Atlanta, Houston, Tampa and Detroit, part of the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy summer tour, according to 247Sports. The Tigers will join other college football staffs at each stop, including as many as 60 at the showcase in Detroit.
The Advocate reported on Monday that LSU is expected to host at least one in-state camp in New Orleans and/or Shreveport. LSU was prepared to host satellite camps in Dallas, Houston, Detroit and Atlanta, Miles said earlier this spring after the NCAA banned the camps.
The governing body repealed the ban last week, and, starting May 30, SEC teams – like its brethren in the Big Ten – can host camps outside of their own campus. Teams are allowed to have full control of in-state camps, but must partner with others for out-of-state events – like the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy’s summer showcases.
The school has not announced its camp trips, and a source told The Advocate on Wednesday that the program is finalizing its plans.
Sound Mind Sound Body is a Detroit-based organization that started in 2004 with a goal of increasing the number football players graduating high school and earning college scholarships in the metro Detroit area. The academy now hosts summer camps throughout the nation, including six this year in Atlanta (June 3-4, Greater Atlanta Christian School), Houston (June 6-7, Hall Stadium), Detroit (June 9-10, Wayne State University), Tampa (June 12 , Jefferson High School), Los Angeles (June 16-17, Pioneer High School) and Washington, D.C. (Jun 23-24, Paint Branch High School).
The camps are geared for a two-prong effect for some of the nation’s most highly touted prospects: on-the-field training and off-the-field instruction. The camps offer life skills and positional “chalk talk” classes, while also teaching prospects on-the-field techniques to “get the most out of an athlete’s ability,” the Sound Body Sound Mind website says.
Coaches are allowed to watch prospects showcase their skills during the on-the-field portions of the camp, and some, even, are scheduled to speak with prospects during the classroom portion of the events.
Miles will speak to prospects at the camps in Houston and Atlanta, 247Sports reported. He won’t be alone. For example, the Houston camp will feature Texas coach Charlie Strong and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin.
Others committed to being there are Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Houston Baptist, Iowa State, Lamar, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan State, Nebraska Oregon, Prairie View, Sam Houston, SMU, TCU, Texas Southern, Texas State, Tulsa, UCLA, Texas-San Antonio and Wisconsin.
The camps are open to players entering 9th to 12th grade, and the cost is contingent on the player’s age. Those entering 9th-grade pay $50. Sophomores, juniors and seniors pay $90. Camps also accept high school graduates, as well as post-graduates with remaining NCAA eligibility.
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