Mike Schmidt is getting his share of summer camp this year.
The new University of Wisconsin-La Crosse football coach has invested most of his summer traveling and hosting camps.
He's looking for future UW-L recruits, and this week, gets to see some of them on his home field.
More than 100 high school players are at Roger Harring Stadium this week for a padded camp, learning new skills and receiving one-on-one attention from Schmidt and his staff.
Schmidt said the focus is on improvement and maintaining health ahead of the quickly-approaching prep season, which begins in early August.
It also gives him a chance to welcome some of his targeted players to campus.
"Certainly we've tried to adopt some of the scholarship models of getting some of our top recruits here and reaching out to them," Schmidt said. "We've got a great group of talent out on the field right now."
The camp featured two practices on Wednesday. On Thursday, athletes will practice three times before a final session Friday morning.
Bobby McCraren said he received an email from Schmidt inviting him to the camp. Looking for a taste of the college experience, McCraren said he was more than willing to travel from Highland Park, Illinois to participate.
"It feels good to have a coaching staff like this, like a college coaching staff because you know you're going to learn things, you know you're going to take away something great from a camp like this," he said. "When you have an overnight camp, they're going to teach you a lot and you're going to have a lot of time on the field, you're going to have a lot of individual time with them and it's really good to have that as a football player."
According to the WIAA, the earliest practice can begin for teams is August 2. More information about UW-L camps can be found here.