LSU coach Les Miles wants to make sure one point is clear: there’s no place like home.
That motto was the driving force of the school’s satellite camp schedule, which included a heavy emphasis on stops across the state of Louisiana.
The first nine days of the schedule include camps within The Boot, which should not come as a surprise after Miles said as much when he addressed the media earlier this month.
“We won’t leave the state until we’ve delivered a camp to the North, South and certainly on our campus,” Miles said during his press conference on Tuesday.
“We want to do the best. Philosophically, 75 to 80 percent of our roster is from Louisiana, so that’s what’s going to be represented here. We would have taken sites in Florida, in Atlanta, and we may have assistant coaches in specific locations there, but the truth of the matter is that nothing is more important than Louisiana to us.”
LSU will partner with 10 in-state schools for a majority of these camps, including Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Southeastern, Southern, Grambling, Nicholls State, Southwestern and Louisiana College.
Miles added that he plans on being in attendance for all of said camps, including those being held at LSU, as well as those held in Texas in mid-June.
“We want Louisiana kids and all the prospects on our campus so these satellite camps that take place in other places are not in lieu of our campus,” said Miles. “We want our campers to see Baton Rouge, see the facilities here and again, those 10 colleges in-state will participate on our campus as well.”
LSU’s satellite camp schedule kicks off on June 2 in Northwest Louisiana before moving down to New Orleans days later. LSU will host a handful of camps on its campus before heading out to the Lone Star State for a pair of camps in Dallas and Houston.
Miles realized the importance of the camps given the growing trend of coaches traveling out of state and participating in them nationwide.
He, too, is looking forward to the opportunities ahead of the team in terms of recruiting in both Louisiana and Texas, though he was adamant that the focus remains luring prospects to LSU’s campus
“You don’t want to have a satellite camp in lieu of visiting Baton Rouge,” Miles said. “There’s more info given to a camper once he shows up on campus, especially if he sees himself attending college here. You don’t want to change that, but I still see satellite camps being a place where you go and enjoy football.
“You instruct, you teach and you raise the level of play, and it’s a very positive thing there. If your entire staff can go, you might run across a prospect or two you couldn’t have gotten on if you should not have been there. We’re more based on the relationships and we want to continue to service in the state of Louisiana.”
Here’s a quick overview of the schedule:
June 2: Northwest Louisiana Satellite Camp (Freedom Field, Bossier City, La.)
June 3: Kicking Camp (LSU practice facility)
June 4: New Orleans Satellite Camp (Saints Practice Facility, Metairie, La.)
June 5-6: Youth Camp (LSU practice facility)
June 7: Youth Camp (Joe Brown Park, New Orleans)
June 9-11: LSU High School Session I (LSU practice facility)
June 13: Dallas Satellite Camp (DeSoto High School, DeSoto, Texas)
June 14: Houston Satellite Camp (Galena Park ISD Stadium, Houston)
July 16: 7-on-7 team, lineman camp (LSU practice facility)
July 21-23: High School Session II (LSU practice facility)