Big Change Coming to Recruiting Rules This Summer

Dabo Swinney Jason Priester All Clemson

There is a big change coming to the recruiting world this summer.

Beginning July 1, high school prospects will no longer be limited to just five official visits. Football players previously were given five official visits total, while basketball players received five junior-year official visits and five senior-year official visits. Although, recruits will still be limited to just one visit per school, unless there is a coaching change after the initial official visit.

“For young people considering where to go to college, visits to campus — both official and unofficial — are an integral part of the decision-making process,” said Lynda Tealer, executive associate athletics director at Florida and chair of the Division I Council in the NCAA’s release. “This was an opportunity to modernize NCAA rules in a way that provides greater and more meaningful opportunities for prospects going through the recruitment process.”

From NCAA Press Release

The council adopted new recruiting rules for official and unofficial visits. Moving forward, prospects will no longer have a limit to the number of official visits they can make to NCAA member schools. Prospects will be limited to one official visit per school, unless there is a head coaching change after an official visit, in which case prospects would be able to complete a second official visit to the same school. In men’s basketball, prospects still will be able to complete a second official visit to the same school provided the visits do not occur in the same academic year.

Official visits may last no longer than a two-night stay, during which schools will be permitted to cover travel costs, transportation, meals and reasonable entertainment for up to two family members accompanying a prospect on that visit.

While Clemson does host in season officials, a large majority of those visits have been reserved for one weekend in June over the last two recruiting cycles. With the Tigers being extremely selective about who is hosted, it will be interesting to see just how much of an impact this has on the program moving forward.

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