Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and other SEC coaches won’t be taking any cross-country trips to host satellite camps anytime soon. But Bielema admitted he was prepared to hit the road.
Bielema told “The Paul Finebaum Show” he and other SEC colleagues had plans to host camps in Chicago and Michigan if the NCAA hadn’t struck down satellite camps entirely. Those locations may have been picked specifically to ruffle the feathers of ornery Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
But the satellite camp debate focused on a much broader issue than annoying Harbaugh. The major question was whether these efforts to travel across the country would be worth it for SEC programs. This graphic from Sport Source Analytics shed some light onto what the answer probably would’ve been: No.
— SportSourceAnalytics (@SportSourceA) April 18, 2016
Most of Arkansas’ signees from its last five recruiting classes hailed from, you guessed it, the South. That makes it hard to believe hosting camps in different regions would drastically change the Razorbacks’ scope of recruiting.
A powerhouse program will garner interest from recruits scattered all over the country. But building a powerhouse starts with capitalizing on the local recruiting hotbed first.