Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Mike Elston on satellite camps


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The recent NCAA ban on satellite camps has stirred the college football world in the last week.

Some coaches have been outspoken against the ban. Others support it. Some programs have had to scratch plans for future camps.

At Notre Dame, the change will have a minimal effect on the Irish recruiting efforts. Notre Dame had decided against parading across the country for summer camps.

Instead, the summer focus for the coaching staff has been getting recruits to South Bend for ND's various camps, including the main event for top recruits, the Irish Invasion.

"We haven’t gotten into the satellites, because we like to bring kids to our campus," recruiting coordinator Mike Elston said Wednesday. "It makes sense for us to — we’re always striving to get more of our prospects here so they know and understand what Notre Dame is about.

"As long as we can continue to do that. We never really had a want-to or desire to do a satellite camp. We just try to get guys here on our campus to be coached by us in our camps and also see Notre Dame, because you have to experience Notre Dame to understand it.

"Otherwise, if we go down somewhere or out somewhere, to California, to work a camp, kids still don’t know what we’re about.

"I think they get a pretty good perception of what we are, cause we get great exposure, but in terms of kids knowing what Notre Dame’s about, we’ve got to get them here on campus."

When the loophole in NCAA rules first started to become a national topic, Notre Dame was connected to a potential satellite camp with Georgia State. Trent Miles, Georgia State's head coach, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2014 that the Irish would be working as guest coaches at his camp the following year.

But Notre Dame never followed through with the satellite camp. Georgia State worked with Penn State and Nebraska instead.

Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Mike Elston feels recruiting momentum for the Irish. (Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)