Recruiting scheme from Penn State's James Franklin has old roots
Despite a nearly 1,200-mile distance, Greg Schiano used to court hundreds of South Florida recruits through his one-day sponsored football camps while head coach at Rutgers.
It was part of his plan to fertilize a program whose only bowl appearance came more than two decades before his arrival.
Chris Merritt, head coach at Miami's Columbus High, marveled at Schiano's forward-thinking tactics, part of his plan to revitalize Rutgers with recruits from Florida:
“He used to do a one-day camp where you’d have one in Dade County. He did one in Broward County, and he did one up in Palm Beach where they’d charge the kids $20 — all under NCAA rules. The conference rules weren't set up yet. I think he forced them to change the rules."
Those one-day camps — along with strategic billboard advertisements along the Florida coast — are now prohibited, part of a policy that aims to decrease the arms race that is now recruiting.