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Camp season kicks off

For the next couple of weeks around 2,500 boys and young men will descend on Auburn for a variety of football camps.

Coates was a standout at an AU camp last summer.

It all starts Monday with a Tiger Camp, which runs through Wednesday and includes mostly younger boys from grades 4-12.

“They can come learn more about Auburn football, be around our coaches and be around Auburn,” Auburn camp coordinator Wayne Bolt said. “...It is huge for not only football but for the University because we’ll have 2,500 kids coming through here seeing Auburn.

“Everyone of them will be in our Stadium. They won’t be able to practice on our practice field but they’ll see all the new improvements we’ve done.”

With construction still underway on Auburn’s new indoor practice facility and practice fields, the camps will be held on the intramural fields and track.

Many top prospects will be in Auburn Thursday and Friday for a team 7-on-7 and lineman camp. Bolt is expecting approximately 25 teams from across the South. The skill players will compete in a 7-on-7 tournament while the linemen will receive individual instruction and also compete in various competitions.

“The high school coaches loved it because they can bring their 7-on-7 and they can bring their linemen also,” Bolt said.

Sunday will be the first of two senior mini-camps that should include a number of elite prospects from the 2012, 2013 and even 2014 class. Last year, wide receiver signees Jaylon Denson and Sammie Coates earned Auburn scholarship offers shortly after strong performances at a mini-camp.

“They get to showcase their talent to our coaches and it gives our coaches a chance to see them,” Bolt said. “...Anytime we can get them on our campus is good because our campus sells itself. Our coaches sell themselves.”

A second senior mini-camp will be held Saturday, July 16. Auburn will also host the Kicking Academy June 12-14 and a special teams camp on July 17.

With Auburn coming off the BCS National Championship, Bolt is expecting about a 20 percent increase in attendance this summer.

“It’s a good recruiting tool, not only for football, but for Auburn University. It gets the young kids involved in Auburn and the older ones to learn more about Auburn,” he said.

***Stay tuned to this week for previews and full coverage of the team and senior mini-camps.

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