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Michigan satellite football camp at Patterson Park also to feature lacrosse, cheerleading staffs

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When St. Frances hosts Michigan at Patterson Park for a satellite camp June 6, it will put coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines staff in front of some of the top football talent from Baltimore and across the state, one of 35 camps Michigan has scheduled in 20 states and two countries.

But as there almost always is with Harbaugh, there's a twist.

Adding another dimension to the camp, St. Frances will also host the Michigan men's and women's lacrosse and cheerleading staffs, said Henry Russell, a longtime Gilman assistant who is now coaching at St. Frances. In addition to the camp for high school football players, the Michigan coaching staff will also work with local youth football players.

"They want to get the youth of Baltimore involved," Russell said.

It's similar to what will happen at other Michigan camps. In the Next Level Football Camp at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey on June 8 — which Maryland coach DJ Durkin is scheduled to attend — members of the Michigan band staff will work with the Paramus Catholic marching band, the school's president announced, and he's extended an invitation to other college bands.

The Michigan men's lacrosse team finished its fifth varsity season in 2016 with a 3-10 record, 0-5 in the Big Ten Conference. The Michigan women's lacrosse team went 6-12, 0-5.

Russell hasn't finalized which football staffs from schools other than Michigan will attend the camp, but he expects some local Football Championship Subdivision schools to be there, and other Power Five schools are possibilities.

Russell expects to host 300 high school football players, 300 youth football players, 150 lacrosse players and 100 cheerleaders at the camp.

"It's a great opportunity for one camp to be seen by a lot of coaches," Russell said. "It opens windows for kids."

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