Samford Mega-Camp grows with new satellite camp rules


Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT) — In the ongoing saga of satellite camps in college football, the real winner with the recent rule change could be the Samford Bulldogs.

“It’s actually something we started back in February.” Samford Head Football Coach Chris Hatcher said. “It’s always been the Mega-Camp and we’ve always had a big number of schools coming to it.”

Samford’s “Mega-Camp” was set to feature schools like Troy, Western Kentucky, and Army all the way down to NAIA level.  But after the NCAA decided to lift the ban on Power 5 schools going to camps off their own campus, the list grew to add the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Iowa.

“It’s an exciting time for us.  It’s a great opportunity for all the players in the metro Birmingham area especially as well as from places far off to come showcase their talents for FBS schools, the Power 5 schools.”  Said hatcher “It’s a good time for them to showcase their talents, but it’s also a good time for us to get good evaluations on players and showcase our university.”

In total 30 schools will be at Samford’s “Mega-Camp” on June 11th.  The sheer volume of coaches at every level means Hatcher is expecting large numbers of prospects, and the interest keeps growing with the addition of the Power 5 schools.

“As far as coming to the camp? Yes.” Said Hatcher “I mean people they want to come out and be seen and so we expect big numbers.”

As the host school, Samford will be able to show off their facilities and sell prospects on the school.  And more players who come, means more talent to evaluate which helps in deciding who to recruit and potentially offer scholarships in the future.

“When you do camps it gives you a chance to meet the guys to work with them.  Recruiting you know it’s a hard…you try to get the odds in your favor but you really never know until the young man comes on your campus weather he’s going to be successful or not.” Said Hatcher  “So as many opportunities you have to interact with young men really helps you in making those final decisions on weather to offer a scholarship or not.”

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