Nebraska coach Mike Riley said Monday that more than 400 athletes appeared at the Huskers' satellite camp in Miami held this summer. NU even got a commit out of that camp when it was able to evaluate cornerback DiCaprio Bootle.
If the ACC or SEC has its way, Nebraska won't be able to hold any more satellite camps anywhere. On Friday, the NCAA announced that both leagues had put forth similar proposals to prohibit any northern school's ability to work a camp sponsored by a smaller southern school. If either proposal is passed, Riley's standard practice of conducting these camps — which proved successful in recruiting at Oregon State — will be thwarted.
“This will be a major discussion through the year,” Riley said. “It will be a good discussion. Everybody's opinion about this is so self-serving all the time. If you're in an area where kids can drive very easily to where you are, you don't need or want satellite camps. And, of course, if you're a little more isolated from metropolitan areas, then you like the idea of going to work with somebody at a camp and get to work with some kids, coach and have fun with that, and, obviously evaluate.
“If it's a benefit for young people, I say 'why not?'”
So why do the ACC and SEC say no? Asked to provide some rationale for their position that wasn't entirely self-serving, Riley said that some coaches in those leagues are concerned that no actual coaching is done at those camps.
“None of us that have (satellite camps) make any bones about the fact that, yes, there's some evaluation and recruiting, but there is coaching going on,” Riley said. “I always tell kids — every time I get to coach one of these camps and our coaches get to work there — you've got a foundation of learning from your high school coach, and you can learn something today that can maybe help with that.”
Riley said he and his assistants “enthusiastically teach” at satellite camps, and see no negatives for the players involved.
“It might open doors,” Riley said, who said Oregon State had five commits from Texas in last year's recruiting class before he left for Nebraska. “...To me, it's about opportunity for both sides. Who's it about? If it's about the kids, then it's a good argument these are very good things.”