JMU staff teams up with the Florida Gators for their biggest road show yet
by Andy Hilton, recruit804
James Madison has hit the road before. Under Head Coach Mickey Matthews, the Dukes hit all corners of the state in search of viable football prospects. The tradition continued under Coach Everett Withers, though Withers’ priorities for recruiting in-state were a little different.
Now, new head coach Mike Houston continues the tradition of hitting the road for recruiting, and he’s sweetened the pot. Staff members from the University of Florida are joining the JMU staff on their tour of the Commonwealth, and Gator Head Coach Jim McElwain is on board as well.
The timing couldn’t be better. JMU is making a renewed effort to recruit in-state and the Florida Gators are taking advantage of a first time opportunity. The SEC hasn’t allowed their football programs to participate in Satellite Camps up until this point. Alabama coaches were scheduled to participate in last Sunday’s ODU one-day camp along with Michigan. Florida offered Dinwiddie WR K’Vaughn Pope over the weekend, and the Gators are recruiting Virginia more than ever before since former Virginia Tech Assistant Coach Torrian Gray was hired away from the Hokies.
Registration for Wednesday’s camp is still open. Prospects must be high school aged athletes and the camp is open to players of all positions, including specialists. The registration fee is $40 and is payable online or on-site as a walk-up. For more information on the camp at Huguenot High School Wednesday, Bishop Sullivan Catholic in Virginia Beach on Thursday, or at Centreville High School in Northern Virginia on Friday, click here for the registration page.
Coach Houston promises to bring an exciting brand of football to Harrisonburg. Prior to the JMU Spring Game, Coach Houston was quoted by JMU Sports: “”I just want to be able to show all of our alumni and fans the kind of passion, energy and excitement we’re going to play with on an every-down basis….”
Additions to the coaching staff like former long-time Virginia Tech Assistant Bryan Stinespring assure Virginia prospects that the Dukes are serious about keeping talented prospects close to home. It all starts with the first camp of the season tonight in Chesterfield.
– Andy Hilton