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Mother Of 5-Star Recruit Creates Petition To Overturn NCAA's Decision On Satellite Camps

On Friday, the NCAA ruled to ban schools from hosting "satellite camps" away from their campuses. The camps became a big point of contention within college football over the last few years, largely due to the focus on them by Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, who has been pushing the recruiting boundaries in many ways since taking over in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh ruffled the feathers of many coaches in the ACC and SEC, holding camps in the Southeast. 

The ACC and SEC, as well as the Big 12, Pac-12, MWC, and Sun Belt conferences voted to end these camps, which teams in the north, specifically the Big Ten, are not happy about. The decision also hurts players in lesser football areas, where there are fewer opportunities to camp in front of FBS coaches. One player who does not have an issue with exposure is five star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who is considering schools like Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. He credits the "Sound Mind Sound Body" camp, which will be effected by the rule, for the ability to perform in front of many of those staffs and build his impressive list of college choices.

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Now, his mother Rozlyn Peoples has launched a petition on Change.org to have the rule changed.

As a Single Parent/Mother of a high school student at Detroit Cass Tech (Donovan People-Jones) here in the City of Detroit I am initiating this Petition on behalf of all students and parents around the country and even Canada. If you can relate to the struggles of being a parent and encouraging your child to do all they can to prepare for college scholarship opportunities, or if you know the importance of using athletics as a way for high school students to earn a college scholarship please please read the message below explaining what is happening to our youth.

On Friday April 7th The SEC, ACC, PAC12, BIG12, Sunbelt and MWC conferences voted not to allow FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) coaches to work camps at sites away from their campuses. This new rule will restrict and reduce educational opportunities for high school students and their parents by lowering the opportunities for youth to showcase their athletic talents and earn a college scholarship. If college coaches are only allowed to work camps on their campus there will be far less scholarship offers to high school students in the summer of 2016. This will in turn have a disproportionate impact on parents in the class of 2017 because:

Peoples' petition currently has over 4,500 signatures, just shy of its 5,000 goal. While her son won't be impacted by the rule change, many other athletes in Detroit and similar cities may fall through the cracks as a result. It is hard to argue that this change doesn't impact the opportunities that thousands of potential NCAA athletes can receive, even if a few big coaches like Harbaugh take advantage in ways that annoy those in other areas.

[Change.org]