NCAA Approves Early CFB Recruit Signing Period, More Recruitment Changes



Recruits will be able to make official visits in the spring and early summer now if they so choose.

NU athletic director Jim Phillips played a significant role in what analysts termed the most significant changes to college football recruiting in decades.

- No more IAWPs: That would be Individuals Associated With Prospects.

It as expected that head coaches would be permitted to add that 10th assistant in August; however, the effective date for the additional help will be January 9, 2018.

The early signing period would include a 72-hour signing windows for high school seniors beginning on the third Wednesday in December. Previously, prospects were only allowed to take officials, which are paid for by the schools during their senior year.

Mark Stoops has gone on the record in support of an early signing period.

Arguments for: Given that an early signing period in December is likely to be adopted, it makes sense that the entire recruiting calendar would be moved up, allowing recruits - who are busy playing high school football in the fall - more flexibility for getting to campuses, especially when many are going to be pressured to sign in December instead of February.

The Collegiate Commissioners Association - which governs the National Letter of Intent - must approve the change, too. It's not clear whether it is more likely that one or two new early signing dates are likely, and specifics regarding the changes to recruiting at camps and clinics are unclear as well. "Those young people need to have an option available to them to terminate the recruitment process earlier than December".

You can read the full release here.

And if a prospect is at a "camp or clinic" nearby, they no longer can take an official visit.

The American Football Coaches Association backed the changes after the group received the proposal from the Football Oversight Committee. This provision was adopted in men's basketball in 2010.

"The summer date was an issue for all of us", Riley said. "There are a lot of shenanigans that have been going on in the camp environment where a high school coach or a seven-on-seven coach shows up with a busload of kids and gets a big honorarium for bringing them to camp while they're having a so-called unofficial visit". Those players, not willing to wait around, would lock up spots at other schools and Stanford's recruiting would take a hit.

"In football, we have 120 guys and we have nine coaches, so your ratio in football is probably the worst of any sport that there is when you look at the major sports and really break it down", Fisher said earlier this month. Adding the early signing period lets the Early Enrollees have all the fanfare of National Signing Day, even though their choice has already been made.

Coaches employed at a camp are now allowed to have recruiting conversations with participants and "requires educational sessions at all camps and clinics detailing initial eligibility standards, gambling rules, agent rules and drug regulations".

The Council tabled a proposal that would have prevented coaches from offering scholarships to recruits before September 1 of their junior and defeated a measure that would have made 12-game FCS schedules permanent.

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