When the NCAA chose to deregulate text message communication in April, which allows coaches to text recruits an unlimited number of times, some coaches expressed concern that it would lead to prospects being bombarded with texts all day.
Former Florida and current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer even said the rule “is the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” according to an ESPN report. However, nearly a month into the new policy, some top recruiting targets are not overly concerned with the frequency of text messages they have received.
“I could see it getting overwhelming for sure,” coveted Class of 2017 tight end Jimmy Jaggers told ESPN’s Erick McKinney. “But that happens with this process no matter what.”
Jaggers, a 6-foot-5 California native, may ultimately stay on the West Coast, but he has received offers from Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Florida.
“I’m not going to be making my decision off of the fact that School A sends half as much handwritten letters and edits and texts as School B,” Jaggers said.
Other SEC targets, including defensive lineman Greg Rogers, are big fans of the change to the communication rule.
“I like it a whole lot,” Rogers, who has offers from Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Alabama, said. “It’s made it a lot more convenient and easier — not having to go on Twitter.”
Things may change as the recruiting calendar ramps up, but for now, it appears coaches have done a good job self-regulating the number of messages they send to prospects. Many recruits are receiving a lot of messages each day, so as long as coaches and athletes establish a limit, the policy should continue to benefit both sides.