MACON — Pre-registration for Georgia State’s football camp is well ahead of last year’s pace.
Penn State coach James Franklin and his coaching staff will be on hand for the June 10 sessions, something that Georgia State coach Trent Miles’ camp website advertises.
Miles said there were 40 or 50 campers who signed up ahead of time last year.
“This year we’ve got a few hundred,” Miles said.
Franklin is tapping into the recruiting hotbed that is Atlanta and the Southeast at a camp at the Sun Belt Conference school.
That has ruffled some feathers among SEC coaches. Franklin used to be one of them before jumping from Vanderbilt.
SEC rules don’t allow coaches to work “satellite camps.”
Georgia’s Mark Richt and Miles talked to each other about the issue Tuesday morning while at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for the Peach State Pigskin Preview event.
“We talked,” Richt said. “You know what? They’re doing what’s in the best interest of their program. Everything’s on the up and up, everything’s within the rules. Obviously it’s good for Georgia State in his mind so I’m happy for him.”
The SEC has a rule prohibiting its coaches from working camps at other schools like Franklin is doing.
“It does tie our hands some,” Richt said. “But we do want some type of sanity for our assistant coaches. It’s busy enough as it is.”
Said Miles: “They’re playing by a different set of rules in the SEC. It’s nothing illegal being done. I’m abiding by the rule and we’re doing the best thing for Georgia State football.”
The surge in interest by campers has to do in large part with Franklin and his staff.
“They’re guest coaches, it’s my football camp and anybody that works at that is an employee of mine for that time,” Miles said. “And we all know why.”
Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson also spoke to Miles. Johnson said ACC rules don’t allow him to work other camps either.
“And nobody probably will be by next year,” Johnson said. “They’ll change the rule. It’s skirting the intent of the rule. That’s not what the rule was for. They know that.”
Miles said one of his assistants worked with Franklin at Maryland and Miles has known Franklin for years.
Notre Dame is in line to work the Georgia State camp next year. Miles is a former Notre Dame assistant.
Franklin and his staff also reportedly will work at Stetson’s camp in Deland, Fla.
Richt said college coaches from lower divisions work Georgia’s camps “all the time,” providing an opportunity for campers to get seen by coaches other than those at Georgia.
Georgia State will have a similar chance with Penn State and Notre Dame coaches there.
“They’ll be more four- and five-star kids that we would never get,” Miles said.
Miles called it “a win-win for the student-athlete. He’s going to be exposed to more than one coaching staff. He’s going to have an opportunity to showcase his talents for a chance to earn a scholarship and they’ll be more kids than normal.”
Wide receiver an academic casualty
With summer classes starting on Thursday, Georgia will hold a team meeting Wednesday night.
Two signees won’t be there, including one who won’t play for the Bulldogs this season.
Wide receiver Gilbert Johnson from Homestead, Fla., is expected to be an academic casualty. Scout.com rated him a three-star prospect.
Defensive back Shattle Fenteng from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College has an English composition class to complete but expects to be at UGA before the end of June in time for the second summer session.
A change on Georgia’s recruiting support staff has come as the Bulldogs’ football camps get cranked up this week.
Recruiting director role could change
With Darryl Jones no longer director of on-campus recruiting, recruiting assistant Ben Brandenburg has taken on the majority of the increased workload. Richt said football operations director Brad Hutcherson has experience running the camps.
“If there’s a good time in the year to make a change, it’s now,” Richt said. “With the camps coming up, we’ve got all the camps covered.”
Jones’ replacement may not have the same duties as Jones.
“Not 100 percent sure on that,” Richt said. “We’re going to look at our recruiting system and just try to do what’s best. There could be a change in how we structure things, possibly. We’re going to be discussing that actually this afternoon.”
Jones resigned to pursue other opportunities after two years with the program.
“We’ll find somebody that will do a great job for us,” he said.
Updates on Scott-Wesley, Mitchell
Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley won’t be ready as fast this summer as some of his teammates returning from torn ACLs.
“I’m not a doctor and I’m not an athletic trainer, but I don’t know if he’s quite as far along as some of the other guys,” Richt said. “He seems to be going at it at a slower pace.”
Still, Scott-Wesley is expected to be back in time for the season opener.
“I think he’ll be ready game one,” Richt said. “I don’t even know if there are any restrictions on what he can do in the summer. I think it’s just a matter of him getting more comfortable as he goes.”
Scott-Wesley is in line for a one-game suspension after his marijuana arrest last fall.
Quarterback Hutson Mason, also in Macon, gave an update on receiver Malcolm Mitchell and tailback Keith Marshall, coming back from torn ACLs.
“Malcolm is running sprints with us and he’s kicking everybody’s butt,” Mason said. “Keith is running sprints with us. He looks good. The weird thing about Malcolm is he’s about as 100 percent as they go, I think they’re just not ready to release him yet (for pass skeleton).”
The NCAA is allowing coaches two hours a week of film study with players as part of eight hours of required training allowed. Georgia coach Mark Richt said he didn’t expect much film study with Georgia players and coaches on the “front end” of summer but there could be more prior to preseason practices.
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The NCAA is allowing coaches two hours a week of film study with players as part of eight hours of required training allowed. Georgia coach Richt said he didn’t expect much film study with Georgia players and coaches on the “front end” of summer but there could be more prior to preseason practices. … Georgia now has 82 players on its roster recruited to the school on scholarship after the loss of Johnson and the dismissal of safety Tray Matthews Tuesday