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Lions football host satellite camps

By Jonathan Rhodes
On June 13, 2017

Lions football Head Coach Ron Roberts  talking to Junior quarterback Donovan Isom. Roberts wants to get the ball rolling and put the Lions in position to win their third conference title.
File Photo/The Lion’s Roar

The Lions football team hosted satellite camps for high school recruits and other schools to do their recruiting over the summer. The schools that were invited to the camps were Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University. Schools from different states, like Michigan, Texas and Arkansas, were uninvited to the camps shortly after being invited.

Tulane University did the same thing with their satellite camps replacing the out-of-state schools with LSU with no clear explanation.

The recent change in the National Collegiate Athletic Association rules on satellite camps made it mandatory that satellite camps must be held “on a school’s campus or in facilities regularly used by the school for practice or competition.” This gives the control over the camps completely to the schools that are hosting them. It appears Louisiana schools at these camps will only see Louisiana high school prospects, which gives LSU an advantage, but not the high school prospects.   

 “The only thing I can tell you on it is I know every decision we make is in the best interest of Southeastern Louisiana,” said Director of Athletics Jay Artigues from an interview with Sports Illustrated. “I’m going to do what’s best for us.”

The Lions are scheduled to play the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge in the 2018 season and will receive $500,000 for the game. LSU athletic officials have denounced any pressure or influence by LSU to the university or to Tulane. 

Football Head Coach Ron Roberts likes to use the camps as an opportunity to get new recruits to see the campus and get familiar with their possible new home.

“We are gonna have a couple of hundred kids on campus,” said Roberts. “I think the camp has been great as it has been in previous years. We will get a chance to see all of our prospects and give them the chance to see our campus as well.”

The camps are used to see the character of the prospects as well as the talent that the prospects have. Roberts values the conversation off the field and the up-close look at the prospects.

“It’s a good chance for us to evaluate the players,” said Roberts. “Many times the players want to get hands-on action. We will get to meet them and see them and get to work them out and find things that you can’t find on film.” 

Fall practice will begin for the Lions on Aug. 1. The first game of the season will be on the road against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Sep. 2 followed by five straight games at home.

The Lions football program hosted satellite camps for high school talents to show their skills to universities around the state. The Lions also did some recruiting of their own and got to know the athletes on and off the field
File Photo/The Lion’s Roar

 

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