MADISON, Ala. – An announcement from the NCAA will have a direct impact on many players and coaches in the Tennessee Valley.
The NCAA shut down satellite camps, effective immediately. Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh was set to hold one of those camps in June at Bob Jones High School.
The issue came to play when SEC coaches weren't happy about it and proposed a college football wide ban. Friday the NCAA announced FBS programs are required to hold all clinics at school facilities or places regularly used for practice or competition.
Now more than 500 student athletes that had signed up won't get the exposure to a big time program they were hoping for this summer at Bob Jones High School.
"I feel like it's a disadvantage to players and coaches," said BJHS junior running back, Brad Anderson.
Anderson was planning to attend the summer camp along with hundreds of other talented athletes. Already Anderson has received offers from Alabama A&M, Army and Navy. This summer camp was a way for his name to get out even more in the chance of bringing in more offers and higher scholarships.
Finding out this camp won't happen is a hit he and his peers weren't prepared for.
"Because a lot of colleges won't offer you until they see you in person,” said Anderson.
It's as if an opportunity has been pulled out from under hundreds of high school players aspiring for the next step in their careers.
It's a mixture of a dream and a lifestyle to get an offer from a D1 school. Hours spent in the weight room, compiled with sweat equity on the practice field can all be worth it once you're in front of the right coach.
Huntsville High School head coach Clint Woodfin said, "So having those universities come into our backyard and establishing their camp... our kids can make a short drive to Madison. It would have been a lot more conducive for our kids to have been able to get exposure to, in this case Michigan, or whatever university would come here and set up a camp."
And while kids can send their tapes in, that in-person big break is now more than 600 miles away.
"I feel like it's beneficial to players that couldn't afford to go far away to camps like that, or go to Michigan to preform that had the talent," explained Anderson.
James Clemons head football coach Wade Waldrop said while he's also disappointed in the loss of opportunity, players have more exposure than ever before to get noticed through social media and video.