WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The summer is a big time for high school football prospects, going to camps trying to get noticed. But it's just as big for college coaches trying to find those prospects.
That's why the Midwestern State coaching staff is on the road this week. Thursday they were at Texas State for the San Marcos Showcase, along with Division I schools like Texas, TCU, Ohio State and more.
On Friday they'll be at North Texas for a camp co-hosted with the University of Oklahoma.
This week offensive coordinator Adam Austin told us these camps are crucial for finding top prospects who might otherwise not look at Division II.
"That's definitely something that we put a major emphasis on," Austin said. "This time last year during the summer we were able to start that relationship with somebody. They might not have been interested in us at the time, but we stuck around, built that relationship, really liked what we saw at camp, and then they went on to have great senior seasons. And we signed probably 6 or 7 guys out of this last class, maybe more than that, out of summer camps that we were able to start that relationship with.
"And it's really worth it when you have that relationship with those players and you start really early on. And kinda get them to see what kind of person you are, what type of character and what type of program that we've got here."
Coach Austin explained that while they can talk to coaches and maybe visit some schools during the school year, this is their chance to see prospects from outside the immediate area compete against other top players in a controlled setting.
"That's invaluable experience for us because we don't get that during the season," he said. "So these summer camps are really big evaluation tools for us. Because in the spring we spend a month and we go out to each and every high school, just about every high school in the state of Texas, and we talk to the coaches. And they give us recommendations, so then we use the summer to evaluate the player recommendations that they give us."
Midwestern State football opens its 2018 season September 1st at home against Humboldt State (CA).