NCAA proposes major recruiting changes


On Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Council offered up a new recruiting model that would clamp down on satellite camps and introduce two new early signing periods.

According to a release by the NCAA on Wednesday, a proposal recommended by the Division I Football Oversight Committee would allow for two, 72-hour early signing periods — one on the last Wednesday in June, and the other at the time of the mid-December junior-college signing period.

Currently, the first Wednesday in February is the only signing period for high school football prospects.

The Division I Council will ask the Division I Collegiate Commissioners Association, which provides governance oversight for the National Letter of Intent program, to adopt the changes to the signing periods. If passed as expected, the proposal would be effective for the 2017-18 signing year.

In addition, the council proposed legislation that would require all summer camps to be “owned, operated and conducted by NCAA member schools and occur on the school’s campus or in facilities the schools primarily uses for practice or competition.”

Also, the proposal would require schools to “choose not more than 10 days for conducting or participating in football camps and clinics.” The current model enables coaches to participate in camps and clinics for a total of 30 days spanning two consecutive 15-day periods.

In the new proposal, the 10 days would not have to be consecutive, so as to provide “greater flexibility to attend more events and visit with more students at various locations.”

A final vote on the camp changes will occur in April. If passed, it would be effective immediately.

The aforementioned proposals altogether aim to provide “greater transparency in the recruiting process” for football recruits.

“The working group did a deep dive on recruiting from beginning to end,” said Bob Bowlsby, chair of the Football Oversight Committee, “and I think what we came up with as a proposal is both student-athlete-friendly and coach- and staff-friendly. We hit a sweet spot.”

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