AUBURN, Alabama — It’s finally official: Auburn is heading to South Beach.
Auburn will join forces with Booker T. Washington High and four other area high schools for a satellite camp scheduled for June 10 in Miami.
Auburn is now scheduled to participate in at least four satellite camps, but this is the first camp Auburn has set up with a high school program. The Tigers heavily recruit the Miami area and will send its entire coaching staff for this camp, though staff assignments for the other three camps have not been announced.
Eight players on Auburn’s roster hail from the Miami area.
Auburn was also looking at hosting a camp at Tampa Catholic, but those plans are no longer on the table, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Auburn is scheduled to send coaches to Mercer in Macon, Ga., for a camp scheduled for June 3 and 4. Auburn has not yet made it clear which coaches it will send to camps for the Minority Coaches of Georgia Association in Stockbridge, Ga. (June 9) and a separate camp hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (June 3). Malzahn has also not yet announced if he will attend the camps.
Auburn is scheduled to host Mercer for a non-conference football game in 2017. The Tigers will pay the Bears $450,000 to visit Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn’s conservative approach is quite the opposite from programs such as Michigan, which is approaching participation in 30 satellite camps this summer.
“We’re wanting to get guys to our campus, I think that is very important,” Malzahn said last week at the College Football Hall of Fame. “At the same time, I want my coaches around our players too, be there at the office and not just traveling the world.”