REDLANDS -- San Gorgonio football coach Rich McClure will have a few participants.
Kurt Bruich, the head coach at Citrus Valley, has all of June “dark” for football workouts.
There’s a reason.
Major college football teams have lined up a series of days to appear at the University of Redlands next month.
Chip Kelly of UCLA and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre.
Washington’s Chris Peterson and his state rival, Mike Leach.
Oregon’s Mario Cristobal and Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith.
Arizona heavyweight Kevin Sumlin and Arizona State’s Herm Edwards.
Then there’s University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, who agreed to a 5-year, $22-million extension in March. He’s been the Utes’ coach since 2005 with a magnificent 105-50 lifetime mark after taking over from legendary Urban Meyer.
Those nine Pacific-12 Conference head football coaches, some of whom have served in illustrious careers, will headline a series of high school football camps hosted by the University of Redlands over a 16-day period in June.
It’s required attendance for those schools’ head coaches to be present, says University of Redlands head coach Mike Maynard, whose 31-year tenure as Bulldogs’ head coach outranks any of the nine Pac-12 coaches that would attend the camp.
“Why shouldn’t they be here?” asks Maynard.
“It’s fun,” said Maynard. “Chip Kelly was out signing autographs last year.”
It’s a 2 ½-to-3-hour camp, no pads or helmets, just T-shirts and shorts at $50 a head for high school-aged players. “We don’t want to exclude anybody.”
Said Maynard: “I’m amazed at the athletic ability of those kids. I’m amazed at how well-developed they are. High school coaches are doing an amazing job.”
There will be some 7-on-7 drills.
“Those are 20 of the toughest minutes of the camp,” said Maynard, hoping no physical harm, like a sprained ankle, or a head-butt, or some knee injury comes to any of those 200-kids-per-camp.
“No contact drills,” said Maynard. “Too much risk.”
The camp history is simple. Brian Lindgren, a former Redlands assistant, was at Colorado when he posed the possibility of a camp to Maynard several years back.
“We’ve kept building up from that,” said Maynard. “Arizona State just added to us this year.”
Lindgren, one of many past Redlands assistants who have upgraded to the Division 1 ranks, or even the pros, has moved on from Colorado to Oregon State as the Beavers’ offensive coordinator.
Saturday, June 1 -- Arizona State (9-11:30 a.m.)
Sunday, June 2 -- Colorado (9:30 a.m.-noon)
Thursday, June 6 -- Washington (6-8 p.m.)
Friday, June 7 -- Washington State (6-8 p.m.)
Sunday, June 9 -- UCLA (9-11:30 a.m.)
Thursday, June 13 -- Arizona (6-8 p.m.)
Friday, June 14 -- Oregon State (6-8 p.m.)
Saturday, June 15 -- Utah (5-7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, June 16 -- Oregon (9:30 a.m.-noon)
If it seems like there are a few Pac-12 schools missing, say like Cal-Berkeley, Stanford or USC, Maynard says “I’d like to bring them in.”
As for the most popular team camp, Maynard said, “I always wonder which one’s going to be the biggest camp.”
It could be any one of those college, or coaches. That depends on if it’s Saturday or a weekday, or if it’s Father’s Day.
Maynard has a keen sense that dozens of scholarship offers, via the Redlands camp, have been made throughout the years. “I’m guessing 12 to 24,” he said. “I don’t know how to track it. Besides, I’m watching out for my own program.”
There will be other college coaches scouting the camp, including some non-Division 1 programs. Not every kid, said Maynard, “is a Division 1 prospect.”
Redlands is a prime example of picking from its own camp.
There could be anywhere between 10 to 15, maybe 20 each year that Redlands lifts. It’s the only camp like this in two counties, Riverside or San Bernardino, he notes.
Not everyone is an NCAA Division 1 candidate.
There are camps, he said, “in Mission Viejo, at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), Azusa Pacific and La Verne. They don’t have Pac-12 schools.”
As for the top tier of coaching talent, consider that Washington showed up here a few years ago when Moreno Valley High linebacker Kevin Meitzenheimer and San Bernardino High running back Alexander Mattison might have been the top two prospects.
At the time, both thought they’d land at Washington.
Meitzenheimer committed to Utah State where he’ll play his junior season this fall. Mattison, meanwhile, departed for the NFL draft, picked by the Minnesota Vikings.
The idea is simplistic. How hard, Maynard asks, would it be for a prep prospect to fly up to Corvallis or Pullman or Boulder to attend a camp.
“Isn’t it better to have those teams come here? An IE kid gets to be part of something very special.”