PEARL, Miss. — Jim Harbaugh is the unquestioned face of satellite camps, and just maybe he’s onto something.
Michigan’s coach has been traveling across the country — even into SEC territory — leading a host of camps and getting to meet and build relationships with some of the top prospects.
That includes Cam Akers, who had to travel only 20 minutes Wednesday to see Harbaugh during the Pearl (Miss.) High School satellite camp.
The five-star running back and top-ranked prospect from the Magnolia State is a fan of both the idea of satellite camps and the fact that Harbaugh was in his neck of the woods.
“It’s definitely a good deal,” Akers told SEC Country. “Getting to meet these coaches. It’s hard to get to a school such as Michigan, so it’s a good deal to meet him (Harbaugh) and see the coaches face-to-face.”
The Michigan coach has climbed trees, run shirtless and sent birthday cakes in recent months in an effort to impress prospects. His latest trick involves showing off a steep collection of jerseys pertinent to the states he’s visiting.
Harbaugh rocked an Archie Manning jersey at the Mississippi camp, honoring the Ole Miss legend and personal friend.
That’s just the tactic to garner the national spotlight during his nationwide satellite camp tour, but give him credit because it’s working.
“You know, it’s a good thing to see,” Akers said. “It shows you know how to take care of business, but that there’s another side to him and that he knows how to have fun. It’s definitely a good thing.”
Throwback jerseys aside, Harbaugh’s attendance is helping the coach to make an impression.
Akers, the nation’s No. 2-rated running back, plans to visit Ann Arbor, Mich., this summer, but got a taste of what it would be like to play for Harbaugh as he watched him orchestrate the camp.
When it’s all said and done, Harbaugh will likely have been at two dozen satellite camps across the country. Prospects like Akers are taking notice, too.
“It’s definitely an honor to see him up close and working,” he said. “He used to coach my team, the 49ers, and it’s definitely a big deal to meet him and see the way he coaches, and it’s something to look info.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.