Recruiting Rule Eliminating Limits on Texts, Calls to Be Reviewed in May

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIMarch 21, 2013

SOUTH BEND, IN - DECEMBER 11: Brian Kelly talks on his phone shortly after being named new football head coach at Notre Dame University on December 11, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana.  Kelly most recently led the University of Cincinnati to two consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances including a perfect 12-0 record this past season. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)
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The NCAA will reportedly review another one of its proposed recruiting rules, which is yet another step in the right direction for the world of college football recruiting.

A few days ago the NCAA suspended two of the new deregulation rules, with the third in question still needing override votes by the Wednesday deadline. The NCAA suspended Prop. No. RWG-11-2—which basically allowed more than just the coach and his assistants to recruit players—and Prop. No. RWG-13-5-A, which deregulated what printed recruiting materials colleges could send to recruits (per Michelle Brutlag Hosick of

Those suspensions were a breath of fresh air for those of us who follow and care about the recruiting process, but there was still another disturbing proposal up in the air.

However, according to Mitch Sherman of ESPN RecruitingNation, that proposal, Prop. RWG 13-3, will be up for review in May:

The collegiate governing body received the necessary 75 override votes from Division I membership on proposal 13-3 by the Wednesday deadline, mandating a review by the Division I board of directors at its May 2 meeting.

The rule, approved in January at the NCAA convention for implementation Aug. 1, would eliminate restrictions on private electronic communication, including phone calls and text messages, from college coaches to recruits.

The proposal was met with widespread criticism at the college and high school levels as concerns escalated that recruiting communications would overwhelm prospects and consume the schedules of coaches.

Sherman does a great job here of explaining the big concern regarding 13-3.

To expand on that, basically a coach could call, text, message, email or somehow contact a recruit any way he wants, as much as he wants. While at first that would certainly help a recruiter establish a connection with a recruit, due to the very competitive nature of recruiting, it's bound to be taken advantage of.

For one, we have to remember that these recruits are still high school students trying to live normal high school student lives. There's a lot of pressure that comes along with being a recruit as it is, but allowing coaches unlimited electronic communication would just add to that.

Can you imagine being a recruit and checking your Facebook messages to see that you have 500 messages from one coach and 200 from 200 other coaches? Then you look at your phone to see that a coach has texted you 50 times, another coach won't stop sending you emails and a handful of other recruiters direct-message you 20 times a day each on Twitter.

That may seem unrealistic, but you have to understand the competitive nature of recruiting.

If there are no restrictions on communication, somebody will take it to the extreme in an effort to gain an advantage. Other recruiters won't allow that advantage to last for long, though, so they'll call or text more than what they think the competition is doing—just to stand out.

I've used the example before, but it works every time: "If Nick Saban calls this 5-star recruit 50 times a day, I'm going to have to call him 100 times just so I can compete for his commitment."

And on and on we go...

Eventually, both the recruits and the recruiters would get overwhelmed, and that pressure is not needed in recruiting today.

It would be a lose-lose situation, so the fact that 13-3 will be under review is huge for college football recruiting.

One can only hope that it gets modified—or even better, suspended.


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