ROME, Georgia — Auburn’s coaching staff is not worried about rival schools raiding their home state for talent at satellite camps this summer.
In fact, it’s been a common belief over the last year, starting with Gus Malzahn’s strong words about Michigan at SEC Media Days.
“First of all, this past year, the chances of a team up north coming into our state when us and Alabama both want a player, is slim to none,” Malzahn said at the time.
Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton agrees with Malzahn’s assessment.
“Here’s one thing I will say about satellite camps, and I may get myself in trouble for this: For people that want to come to Alabama and have a camp, I think it’s great, because they’re helping the quality of football in the state of Alabama,” he said Monday outside an Auburn Alumni event. “(But) no one is coming to this state and getting a player from Auburn or Alabama. That’s not going to happen. So hey, I’m for, if they want to come to our state and have it, that’s going to help the quality of high school football.”
Michigan famously conducted a satellite camp in the summer of 2015 at Prattville High School, a recruiting hotbed located halfway between rivals Alabama and Auburn. Michigan snagged a prospect from the school in the next signing class and an assistant coach from Prattville joined the Wolverines’ support staff after the camp.
Auburn is expected to participate in a satellite camp outside Atlanta in Stockbridge, along with trips to Tampa and Miami this summer, according to a person familiar with the process. The NCAA recently rescinded its nationwide ban on satellite camps. The SEC’s ban on satellite camps ends May 29.
Auburn has been in discussions to host a camp at Tampa Catholic High School, where incoming blue-chip receiver Nate Craig-Myers played football last season.
Six other SEC schools are scheduled to send coaches to the satellite camp in Stockbridge, Ga., but Horton doesn’t believe the Tigers’ coaching staff will be paired with an SEC rival in Georgia or any other satellite camp on the docket.
“I don’t know that we would be with someone that we’re actually recruiting against a great deal,” he said. “I don’t see Auburn and Clemson going to the same camp location. I can see us maybe teaming up with a Sun Belt school or someone like that that maybe you don’t recruit against a whole lot.”