HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When the NCAA overturned a ban on satellite football camps in April, no school decided to take advantage of the ruling like the University of Michigan.
Already having drawn the ire of power programs in the SEC for holding camps in the south, Coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff have either already hosted or made plans to host nearly 40 camps since the start of summer... Including one in Hawaii, at Saint Louis School.
Wearing a Tennessee Titans jersey that bears the name of the school's most heralded football player, Harbaugh arrived in Kalaepohaku on Saturday morning to find hundreds of local prep football players, eager to learn from coaches at one of the nation's premiere football powerhouses.
"I feel like I draw the long straw because I get inspired by these guys with a heart for football," said Harbaugh, who spoke to the media during a break in the camp proceedings.
Players who attended the camp did not wear full pads, and did not partake in 11-on-11 football drills. Instead, campers partook in what became a three hour workout, running races against one another, learning new agility drills, and competing against players in individual position contests.
"There was less kids, less offensive lineman than at the Maximum Exposure [Camp, held two weeks ago at U.H. Manoa], so over here, coaches are able to talk to you more," said Onesimus Clarke, a senior offensive lineman at Waianae. "Instead of coaching two to three guys at the same time, you're able to get coached just one on one. That was really great for me."
For Harbaugh, who has now traveled literally across the country, the chance to coach athletes here in Hawaii, with his family in-tow, was special.
"How could it be any better than right here?" Harbaugh said. "We're in Hawaii, we're doing football, and there are some real 'dudes,' too. These guys can all play, they're very athletic, and it's fun to be out here coaching them."
Harbaugh and his staff also plan to conduct a youth football camp at Mililani Mauka Community Park on Monday afternoon. For more information, visit http://www.gpafootball.com.