Former Southern California and NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson was part of a panel on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” on Sunday morning to discuss the subject of 7-on-7 football camps.
May 29th, 2011 09:48 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
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Johnson, who also serves as an NFL analyst for ESPN, runs a 7-on-7 summer football camp in Los Angeles. Johnson said every person working at his camp has played in a BCS conference and has a college degree. No “street agents” are around his camp, Johnson said.
And Johnson doesn’t believe Willie Lyles, who has been linked to such schools as Oregon, LSU and Texas A&M, should be considered a street agent either.
“I don’t know much about that other than he has a relationship with Oregon, he owns a recruiting service so therefore they paid him for that,” Johnson said on ESPN. “So you can’t say the guy’s a street agent.”
Coach Chris Merritt from Miami Columbus High School was another member on ESPN’s panel on Sunday. Merritt’s concerns didn’t appear to be with camps run by guys like Johnson. It’s the camps with less established football people.
“There’s absolutely no regulation, theres’ no criminal background checks,” Merritt said. “We’re talking about kids. There’s a lot of people out there who are going to take the opportunity to associate with these kids, become attached to them be it financially or just to be in the spotlight.”
Penn State coach Joe Paterno echoed similar thoughts. Paterno issued the following statement to ESPN:
“There are ‘in-between’ people getting involved in 7-on-7 camps, they are literally putting kids up on auction blocks so people can get a look at them. And there are guys who are soliciting kids to go to a camp and getting paid to bring certain kids to camps. You don’t want those people involved in our game.”
The NCAA will continue to investigate Lyles and people like him associated with college football recruiting. And colleges will likely be weary of dealing with those types of people if questions continue to follow them.