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On Wednesday, the NCAA’s Division I Football Oversight Committee recommended a proposal that aims to provide “greater transparency in the recruiting process” for football recruits.
According to this release on Wednesday, the proposal addresses four areas: camps and clinics, revising the recruiting calendar, regulating employment of individuals associated with prospects and coaching limits.
An early signing period also is part of the conversation.
According to the release, “the proposal would make accommodations for two, 72-hour early signing periods beginning on the last Wednesday in June and in mid-December. The December date also is the initial time junior college players can sign a National Letter of Intent.”
If passed, the proposal would go into effect in 2017-18.
There are a few significant items worth mentioning, as it relates to on-campus camps and satellite camps:
- Schools would be required to “choose not more than 10 days for conducting or participating in football camps and clinics.” That would change from the current model, which permits coaches to participate in camps and clinics during two periods of 15 consecutive days.
- “In the new proposal, the 10 days would not have to be consecutive, providing greater flexibility to attend more events and visit with more students at various locations.”
- All summer camps must be “owned, operated and conducted by NCAA member schools and occur on the school’s campus or in facilities the school primarily uses for practice or competition.”
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby chairs the Oversight Committee, which proposed the legislation. The committee partnered with the recruiting subcommittee to make the proposed camp changes.
“We needed to limit the number of days (for camps and clinics) and do things differently than we did before,” Bowlsby said. “But the best chance for us to manage this is to acknowledge that the summer is about recruiting, not skill development, and to manage it in ways that reflect best on our universities and the process.”
If passed, this proposal will go into effect immediately. All matters will be voted on in April.
The latest on Terrell
Even before Shawn Smith de-committed fromSouth Carolina, the Gamecocks were still in pursuit of 3-star wide receiver Chad Terrell.
The 2017 prospect from North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. told Phil Kornblut on Wednesday that South Carolina leads.
“Pretty much everything, the coaches, the players, the atmosphere and the area,” Terrell said. “The school just suits me like my academic side, it just suits me in all those areas.”
Terrell confirmed that he has yet to set his next visit to South Carolina.