Harbaugh calls Michigan-MSU satellite camp in Mississippi best one yet
The Jim Harbaugh satellite camp tour continued Wednesday with the Michigan head coach making his latest stop in Pearl, Mississippi. The camp was co-hosted by Mississippi State and Dan Mullen – who took the time to slightly troll Michigan – as well as assistants from Ole Miss, Cal, Jackson State, Alcorn State, Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State.
Harbaugh, who brought 25 Michigan assistants with him to the camp, described the Mississippi camp as his ‘best’ one yet.
“This has been the best,” said Harbaugh, according to Will Sammon of the Clarion Ledger. “This was the best reception, with the most amount of youngsters and most amount of college coaches that we have had at any camp.”
The camp had 500 registered athletes that received coaching from the numerous coaches in attendance. Despite the narrative of the camps being used strictly for recruiting purposes, Harbaugh did his best to deny that charge.
“There is really no one evaluating,” Harbaugh said. “We are just out here coaching the youngsters. Every coach of every school that was here, that’s what we do, we coach. The youngsters are trying to show everybody what they got and that’s a good thing. It’s just healthy, productive, fair competition on all levels of everything that is going on out here. I don’t see anything wrong with that all.”
While Harbaugh claims to be in Mississippi strictly out of the goodness of his heart and love of coaching, there were at least two major Michigan targets in attendance at the camp in four-star Starkville linebacker Willie Gay and five-star Clinton running back Cam Akers. Both recruits seemed to enjoy their opportunity to get to know Harbaugh in the camp setting.
“I was glad to see him and speak to him,” Gay said. “It just shows that he cares about players in the South and he is not just trying to recruit players in his area. He is going all over the country to try and find players and we appreciate that.”
“He’s definitely an active guy,” Akers said. “There’s a good side to him. I’m not going to say other colleges approve of it, but I don’t think they are worried about it as much anymore.”
Whether or not Michigan is able to lure either elite prospect away from the South won’t be known for some time, however Harbaugh seems to believe the camp was a smashing success either way. If nothing else, in a few years Harbaugh will be able to say he once got to coach two of the SEC’s best players for a day in July.