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Reports, schools confirm Penn State football presence at at least 8 satellite camps

Penn State head coach James Franklin leads his team in warm-ups before the Croke Park Classic Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by Hannah Byrne
Penn State head coach James Franklin leads his team in warm-ups before the Croke Park Classic Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by Hannah Byrne

In the two weeks since the NCAA overruled a previous ban on satellite camps, reports and host schools have confirmed the presence of Penn State football at at least eight separate camps to be held in June, with more likely to follow.

From a structural perspective, satellite camps are hosted by a school with a rich recruiting pocket in the surrounding area and invite preps players to participate for a fee as well as members of high-level coaching staffs from around the country.

For Penn State, these include confirmation by both Bowling Green (Ohio) and Appalachian State (Boone, N.C., held at Charlotte High School; Florida’s Jim McElwain will also be a guest) of camps on June 13 and June 14, respectively. Old Dominion (Norfolk, Va.) also confirmed a camp with Penn State that, according to the Virginian-Pilot, is expecting over 1,000 participants for June 16. Syracuse will also be at the camp.

Recruiting site 247 Sports also confirmed a list of stops for Penn State this summer, including a “tentative stop in New Jersey on June 15,” (early reports say it will be at Fordham with offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead’s old staff), a quick stop back to home base for the Elite I Camp on June 17, and will also host the “LIONStrong 7-on-7 Passing Camp and Big Man Challenge” on the following day.

On Tuesday, 247 Sports also confirmed earlier reports that head coach James Franklin will be the keynote speaker at the Lauren’s First and Goal camp at Lafayette College in Easton on June 5. The camp, which has a date in Pennsylvania and in Ohio, is one of the largest in the nation and donates its proceeds to pediatric brain cancer research and services.

According to the camp’s website, Franklin will be joined by 325 college coaches from across the country — though NCAA rules prohibit the camp from releasing who those names are (though a 2015 list is available).

Additionally, 247 Sports confirmed that the Nittany Lions’ staff will be in Atlanta, Ga., on June 21 for the Trent Miles Football Camp with Georgia State (one of the original Penn State satellite camp partners) at Collins Hill High School.

The site also confirmed that Penn State will have coaches in Atlanta from June 3-4, Detroit from June 9-10, Tampa from June 11-12 and Washington, D.C. from June 23-24 for four different Sound Mind, Sound Body camps.

Penn State was unable to confirm many of these camps itself, due to NCAA rulings that state publicizing the events is illegal unless the program is the host.

Jourdan Rodrigue: 814-231-4629, @JourdanRodrigue

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