New NCAA recruiting rules: What you need to know

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If you follow college sports, you’ve probably heard the buzz about the new NCAA recruiting rules. Here’s a quick breakdown.

Next month, these new rules will go before the NCAA Board of Directors to get approval to move forward. The new rules won’t be available in full on the NCAA website until they are passed.

Signing Period Moved to December: 

This is already a practice in a lot of other college sports, and football was just late to the party. A player who already knows where he wants to go and doesn’t feel like waiting can simply sign in December. Coaches resisted an attempt to move it much earlier to June, but this still gives time for new coaches to sort out the status of their teams and make any changes they feel are prudent.

Official Visits Legal in Junior Year: 

Now, schools can bring players on official visits as early as the end of Junior year of high school (specifically April to June). This overturns a rule that dictated that programs must wait until September of senior year. This helps with the early recruitment signing date, as well as helping schools that may be ‘off the beaten path’ and difficult to get to.

Limits on Satellite Camps:

This rule does a couple of different things. First, huge programs cannot host camps for months, and camps have to be held on college campuses. Smaller programs can have a fair chance at recruitment because they can work together with bigger schools near high-recruiting regions. Schools will now only be able to hold camps for 10 days in June and July. Also, schools may now talk to prospects at these camps (as if this didn’t happen before).

Number of Assistant Coaches: 

Starting around the new year, programs will now be able to add a 10th assistant coach. This is a welcome change for many programs who may want to stack on a second OC or a coordinator for special teams.

Limits on Hiring Individuals Associated with Prospects: 

This is already a rule in college basketball, but this pretty much means that programs cannot hire an old HS football coach or parent to a support role at the program for at least two years after the prospect has signed. (Support roles do not include head coaches or on-field assistants).