NCAA adopting new recruiting legislation before 2017 season


Division I football will adopt a new recruiting model to give coaches more access to prospects, while increasing opportunities for recruits to visit college campuses.

Effective Aug. 1, the new legislation will create an early signing period in December. It also creates a “period for official visits that begins April 1 of the junior year and ends the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June of that year.”

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

Effective Jan. 9, 2018, Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football programs can hire a 10th assistant coach.

The new legislation also prevents D1 programs from “hiring people close to a prospective student-athlete for a two-year period before and after the student’s anticipated enrollment at the school.”

This rule is prevalent in other sports, but it’s adoption into the D1 football universe will be interesting.

“Today’s adoption of the football legislation marks the most significant progress in recent years to improve the football environment and culture for current and prospective student-athletes and coaches,” Jim Phillips, the Division I Football Oversight Committee chairperson, said. “Importantly, the action of the NCAA Division I Council delivers on the charge of the Division I Board of Directors to comprehensively improve the football recruiting environment. This affirms that the new Division I governance structure can effectively and timely address important issues.”

Read the full list of adopted rules here.

Four-star ATH Iverson Clement, who verbally committed to Florida on Thursday, weighed in on the new legislation.