LAGRANGE, Georgia — Gus Malzahn wants to stick to Auburn’s three-state recruiting footprint when satellite camps begin in late May and early June, but he isn’t ruling out a wider approach this summer.
“There is some conversation, but at the end of the day we’re going to stay true to those three states,” Malzahn said Wednesday outside a booster club event. “But there is a possibility of us exploring a little farther out. We have not made any final decision.”
A person familiar with the decision process told SEC Country last week Auburn is eyeing camps near Atlanta and two more in Florida: Tampa and Miami.
Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville, who served as the Tigers’ coach for 10 seasons, voiced interest to SEC Country in combining with Auburn to host a satellite camp this summer. Malzahn did not discount the idea.
“We’ve thrown around a lot of different ideas, like I said, with different places and I know right now that coaches around the country are calling different coaches, whether it’s junior college or Division I and high school coaches are calling,” Malzahn said. “There is a lot of communication right now. Like I said, we’re just not ready to say exactly what we’re going to do. Hopefully in the next week or so we’ll kinda zero in and figure out what we want to do.”
Auburn could also consider partnering with a smaller school in the region and hosting a camp near its own campus at Auburn.
Malzahn also said he is not sure where, when or whether he will make an appearance at a satellite camp.
“I don’t know. I’m not there yet, but I will say that getting players to our campus and the proximity — when we get guys on campus, that’s how we operate at Auburn and we think that’s a good advantage: getting the guys around our coaches, getting a feel for Auburn, our facilities and everything that goes with that,” Malzahn said. “Like I said, we’re trying to figure out what’s best for Auburn.”
The NCAA rescinded its ban on satellite camps Thursday, freeing the SEC and its coaches to begin planning for satellite camps when the conference’s self-ruled banned lifts May 29.