PEARL, Miss. — Satellite camps have become the latest trend for college football coaches to follow this summer, and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh has become the face of it all.
The coach made his way deep into SEC territory on Wednesday for the Pearl High School Satellite Camp, where he partnered with coaches from Mississippi State and Ole Miss, among several other Mississippi-based schools and nearby programs.
Harbaugh operated as the ringleader for the camp, kicking things off and then directing drills and campers alongside other members of his coaching staff.
By all accounts, the Wolverines coach is enjoying his extensive summer travel, and Mississippi was no different for him.
“It’s been real good and the people are very hospitable,” Harbaugh said of his time in SEC country. “The things that’s always impressed me with Mississippi is that there are great storytellers here. People can tell a story. Just the texture, just the communities … Mississippi has very rich, very down to earth people, and it’s been a pleasure and the hospitality has been wonderful.”
Mississippi is just one of several stops for Harbaugh and his assistant coaches, who will soon be traveling to other continents for satellite camps.
The opportunity is unique in so many different ways, and that includes being presented to campers and prospects that he may not get to meet face-to-face in Ann Arbor, Mich.
“We’re connected to the football world, and the football world is a pretty big place,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not just in the state of Michigan. This is a chance to connect to other coaches. There must be 20 schools represented here today, and to be able to go to the families so they don’t have to travel to Michigan or beyond, and to be in their area of operations, that’s the important part.”
Some of the families Harbaugh got to connect with included those of five-star running back Cam Akers and four-star linebacker Willie Gay.
Harbaugh got to speak with both prospects and their families at various occasions throughout Wednesday’s event at Pearl High.
Michigan’s coach opted not to speak specifically about using the satellite camps for recruiting purposes, only as a way to coach prospects in a unique environment.
“Everybody here is coaching,” Harbaugh said. “Nobody is evaluating. We’re coaching the youngsters. That’s what we do — we coach. Everyone is trying to show everybody what they’ve got. It’s been healthy, productive, fair competition going on.”