All-star Lineup of Coaches Meet for First Time - Harbaugh, Meyer, Dantonio, Kelly to Mentor Over 1,000 Youth in Detroit Football Academy

May 20, 2015, 09:59 ET from Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy

MACOMB, Mich., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, University of Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Ohio State University's National Champion Urban Meyer, Michigan State University's Mark Dantonio, and Notre Dame University's Brian Kelly will meet on the field, not in a football game but to mentor over 1,000 youth at the 11th annual Sound Mind Sound Body (SMSB) football academy on June 11-12 at Dakota High School in Macomb, MI.  

They will be joined by NFL Detroit Lion's Jim Caldwell, 2015 NFL Hall of Fame Inductee Jerome Bettis, world-renowned motivational speaker, Eric Thomas and NY Jets Kevin Vickerson, along with more than 300 of the greatest names in NFL and college coaching.

Partnering with adidas Football US, iHeart Media and Gatorade, SMSB will provide an unprecedented 2-day experience for student-athletes and spectators joining in from 28 states and Canada.

"It's more than just football," said Deon Johnson, SMSB Detroit camp director.

SMSB is adidas' Football US number 1 grassroots initiative.  It is the only football program in the nation where student-athletes spend more time in the classroom than on the field.  SMSB secures motivational and instructional mentoring support from head football coaches within the NFL, Big 10, MAC and Division II schools.

Because of such programming, SMSB captivates the nation's top student-athletes. Over 300 students with division 1 scholarship offers and over ten All-Americans will be in attendance (to name a few):

  • Deangelo Gibbs (Army All-American)  – Atlanta, GA
  • Jamyest Williams (4-star) - Archer, GA
  • Trayvon Mullen (Army All-American) - Coconut Creek, FL
  • Binjimin Victor (Army All-American) - Coconut Creek, FL
  • Xavier Kelly (Army All-American) – Wichita, KS
  • Daelin Hayes (Army All-American) – Ann Arbor, MI
  • Levert Hill (Army All-American) – Detroit, MI
  • Donnie Corley (Army All-American) – Detroit, MI
  • Nate Craig (Army All-American) - Tampa, FL
  • Dylan Moses (#1 player in country; 2017 class) - Baton Rouge, LA
  • Donovan Peoples Jones (#1 player in Michigan; 2017 class) – Detroit, MI

"College coaches and parents appreciate that we focus on the whole individual, mind and body. The student-athletes are excited to be mentored and coached by the best of the best in college football," said Johnson.   

Since its inception, SMSB has touched over 12,000 high school football players and more than 9,500 of those attendees have graduated from high school. Over 1,300 students have gone on to college with athletic scholarships, 12 have been drafted to the NFL and nearly 60 have made it to NFL rosters.

SMSB provides two days of instruction, coaching and mentoring, including sessions led by many of the national college coaches and motivational speakers.

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For media inquiries, press conference and media RSVP, contact:

Jennifer L. Payne
(248) 770-9163           

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