Casting a wide recruiting net is essential to picking up elite talent in today’s age of recruiting in college football. Casting that wide net, however, is a logistical challenge in just about every respect.

One way to get some face-to-face time with high schoolers from around the country is setting up camps away from campus. For Penn State, setting its sights south is crucial given the wealth of talent consistently coming out of states like Georgia and Florida.

The NCAA recently closed a loophole that allowed coaches like Jim Harbaugh to parade around the South for weeks and sometimes even months. (We’re actually pretty sure the NCAA closed this loophole because no one wanted to see him prancing around shirtless at these camps.)

On his way out of his position as SEC commissioner, Mike Slive complained about Penn State running a joint camp with Georgia State. Now, the NCAA requires schools to hold camps away from campus at another collegiate program’s facility. Naturally, this has driven Penn State and Georgia State to sign a deal that sent $1.2 million to the Atlanta school last year in return for allowing James Franklin and his coaching staff on campus for a summer recruiting camp.

Recruiting setups like this are obviously costly and it’s still very difficult to bring these young kids this far north. Just look at Justin Fields, who decommitted from Penn State for the much closer Georgia.

One way to avoid these difficulties is to hire someone with ties to the south. Ja’Juan Seider is that someone. Seider, Penn State’s new running backs coach, comes to Happy Valley from Gainesville, where he spent a season as an assistant. Before his time at Florida, Seider was the running backs coach at West Virginia, where he focused his recruiting efforts, in part, on