Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting “Swarm Tour” that has swept the country has left many college coaches outraged. Missouri head coach Barry Odom isn’t one of them.
Coaches were given permission to span the nation and host “satellite camps” after the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors reversed an original ruling that kept coaches from holding such recruiting camps. Harbaugh in particular will make an appearance at the Midwest Elite Football Camp, which will be held just outside of Kansas City.
Odom doesn’t appear too concerned about Harbaugh poaching away in-state talent and emphasized that his program will do its best to recruit the best homegrown talent.
“The University of Missouri will do a great job when recruiting our state,” Odom said, according to The Kansas City Star’s Tod Palmer. “We’re going to do a great job continuing to develop the relationships that we have. … I understand that we’re going to have some people recruit the state of Missouri and I look forward for us to doing the same.”
Missouri has done a decent job keeping the state’s best talent close to home. According to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings, the Tigers landed three of the state’s top 10 recruits in their 2016 class and four in the class of 2015, including the state’s No. 1-rated talent in QB Drew Lock. It had two in the class of 2014.
While Missouri’s in-state recruiting results haven’t been bad, its efforts may not be helped by the presence of prominent coaches such as Harbaugh in its own backyard.