Michigan to host Satellite Camps in Australia; Samoa, Hawaii Next?

Ann Arbor, MI. Prokick, an Australian clinic that helps Australians become punters and kickers, announced Tuesday evening that Michigan will host a satellite camp in Australia on June 3rd.

The development means Michigan is going international, though it remains to be seen which Michigan coaches will actually be present in Australia as Michigan has three camps in Florida scheduled for the same day.

Why would Michigan head Down Under? The Wolverines will most likely be searching for kickers and punters. Blake O’Neill, Michigan’s former punter, was Australian, and former special teams coach John Baxter acknowledged that Michigan was always on the lookout for Australian talent.

Additionally, Sam Webb of The Michigan Insider has reported that Michigan will host camps in American Samoa and Hawaii as well, though those camps have not yet been confirmed. There have been many successful Samoan and Hawaiian football players, such as Junior Seau, Troy Polamalu, Manti Te’o.

Michigan likely hopes to tap into that talent base with the help of new Director of Player Development Tony Tuioti, who is of Polynesian descent and attended the University of Hawaii.

These camps further illuminate Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan’s creativity and desire to test the limits of the NCAA. Since the satellite camp ban was overturned, Michigan has scheduled twenty-seven confirmed camps, with more expected to be announced.