The theme of Notre Dame’s new recruiting push is camps. On June 20th, the Irish will host elite prospects from around the country at their newly branded “Irish Invasion” camp. But, this is not the only thing that Notre Dame coaches are doing to reel in big time recruits.
Next summer, Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly and his assistants will be “guest coaches” at Georgia State’s football camp.
“I talked to Notre Dame and it was a mutual thing – they thought it was a great idea, and they’ve been recruiting Georgia,” said Georgia State coach and former Notre Dame assistant Trent Miles.
“It’s great for us getting the exposure and getting some kids on our campus that Notre Dame will bring because of their name. I think it will be great for Notre Dame because they have a national presence, and I’m very close to those guys.”
Notre Dame is not the only school that is partnering with Georgia State. On June 10th, Penn State Head Coach James Franklin will be “guest coaches” at Georgia State along with his assistants.
This arrangement should really work well in Notre Dame’s favor. The Fighting Irish will be about to be hands on with prospects who may be unable to visit Notre Dame unofficially in the south. This could pay major dividends in the the future.
The SEC’s reaction to this NCAA loophole is proof that it is likely to give the Fighting Irish and Nittany Lions a leg up in recruiting.
“I’m hearing that the SEC isn’t really happy but I’m worried about us at Georgia State,” Miles said. “I’m only concerned about Georgia State, and I have close ties to Notre Dame. If I can do something to help Notre Dame, I will.”
Miles has several ties to Notre Dame. He was the Wide Receivers Coach under Tyrone Willingham from 2002-2004. His wife worked at Notre Dame’s athletic/academic services. One of Miles’ best friends is Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock, who is the Godfather of Miles’ oldest daughter.