UGA, Kirby Smart Bullish On Idea Of Satellite Camps

    UGA and Kirby Smart are ready to mobilize if and when the SEC allows programs to hold satellite camps.

    April 6, 2016

    UGA and Kirby Smart are ready to mobilize if and when the SEC allows programs to hold satellite camps.

    If and when the SEC lifts its ban on allowing schools to hold satellite camps, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart will be ready.

    Per, Smart spoke on Tuesday about already having a plan in place for the possibility of these camps.

    “It’s waiting in the brink,” Smart said. “If it happens, we’ll be ready to go.”

    Satellite camps have been a hot topic since last summer, when newly-hired Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh held one in Prattville, Ala. This summer, the Bulldogs’ territory will be invaded by both the Wolverines and Ohio State.

    Michigan announced plans to have a camp on June 2 at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga. After that, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will visit the fertile recruiting ground of Gwinnett County on June 16 while hosting a camp at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga.

    As for how this affects UGA, Smart sees no problem with what the two schools are doing.

    “I think it’s very smart on their part,” Smart said. “They’ve got a right to do it.” 

    Where Smart would opt to have his camps if/when allowed is still up in the air, and he is not tipping anything off to his fellow conference coaches.

    “Everybody’s lobbying, but we’ve got to be careful, because we’re not going out there right now and saying where we’re going,” Smart said. “We’ve got to wait and see what happens.”

    The NCAA is looking into banning all satellite camps, but until that happens, and if the SEC lifts the ban, Smart will be prepared to use this recruiting tool to his advantage.

    “Ultimately every SEC school wants these kids on their campus,” Smart said. “I don’t want to have to go to them. But if it gives somebody a competitive advantage to go to them, then we may want to do the same thing.”

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