The timeline for when recruits take visits and begin making decisions on their futures may be getting an overhaul.
The NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee endorsed several changes to the recruiting calendar on Tuesday after previously considering feedback from surveys administered to student-athletes.
Three majors changes would be made to the recruiting calendar, if approved by the Division I council:
- Unofficial visits would not be allowed until Sept. 1 of a high school student’s junior year. There currently are no restrictions on dates for most sports.
- A coach or school could not engage in recruiting conversations with a high school student at an athletic camp or clinic until Sept. 1 of the student’s junior year.
- Official visits would be allowed to begin on Sept. 1 of the high school student’s junior year. They are currently not allowed until the student’s senior year.
The Division I council will consider these proposals and could vote on them as early as April.
“What I’ve appreciated about this process is we have got a room full of people who are very interested in bettering the student-athlete experience,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Student-Athlete Experience Committee and athletics director at South Dakota State University, in a release. “The work itself requires having a clear goal for what you want to accomplish.”
These changes would affect how coaches pursue recruits, which would also certainly change the course of action on the recruiting trail.