A new NCAA rule allows college football coaches to have unlimited contact with recruits via text message and according to Alex Kirshner of SB Nation, some coaches are worried about the rule because of the possibility of recruits’ phones going off at all hours of the day or night.
“Now, there’s kids in a class,” Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. “I don’t know how many times I’ve called student-athletes and thought that they were out of school and didn’t have a class that period, and they answer the phone, and there’s class (laughing). If we’re a school they’re interested, you tell them, ‘Hey, I’ll call you back when you get done with class. I’m sorry, I thought you were free this period,’ or whatever the case may be.”
Fritz hit the nail right on the head. This new unlimited contact rule, which also extends to social media, is a double-edged sword. On one hand, coaches can be more hands-on in their pursuit of recruits. However, it also carries the risk of coming on too strong to one in particular and driving recruits away. The last thing anyone wants is for a high school player to get overwhelmed in the process.
“I go back to what’s best for the student-athlete. Do you want to have a student-athlete have a bunch of text messages every hour or every day?” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “And is it a distraction for him? Is it in their best interest?”
Either way, one thing is certain. This new rule is either going to do wonders for recruiting or the whole process is going to blow up in the NCAA’s face.
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