College Football Recruiting Model Updates
By: Eva Melton
Effective August 1st 2017, prospective athletes will encounter a new recruiting model when applying for college football scholarships. The new recruiting model aims to promote a smoother flow within the recruiting process for athletes and coaches.
Every couple of seasons, the NCAA adopts new rules for each sport in order to maintain quality within college athletics. However, before discussing what changes the NCAA plans on instating, it is important that you understand that the NCAA is constantly working towards administering excellence and quality to the sports organization. Thus, the program is an adapting system that continues to evolve and grow based on the needs and development of the sports, new or outdated regulations, and targeting players based on the recruiting model. With these variables in mind, the NCAA has recently adopted a new recruiting model for college football.
The first realm in which the NCAA is making changes to is the signing day window for football recruitments. This means you will now have the opportunity to sign with your selected college in December. Along with an earlier signing date, you are also allowed to visit your prospective college earlier in the recruitment process. Instead of having to fit in official visits during the busy school year, you and your parents will now have all summer to visit colleges. Thus, with an earlier signing window and visitation period, you will get the stressful process of recruiting over with by December, and you will have the opportunity to connect with your future teammates sooner.
Beyond enabling a smoother flow within the recruiting process, the NCAA has also legislated reforms on behalf of your physical and mental health. Now, when you attend a camp for your selected college, there will be less concentration on the physical aspect and more emphasis on your wellbeing and mental health. Camps will work towards easing your transition into college by educating you on what to expect and serving to guide you instead of just physically training you. In addition, there will no longer be two-a-days allowed in college football. With practice being reduced to once a day, this initiative will reduce injury, promote player safety, and give you a couple spare hours each day to enjoy your college experience.
Overall, the goal of these new rules is to benefit both the recruiters and the prospective players. The NCAA hopes these new rules will only increase efficiency within the recruiting process as a whole. Therefore, it is especially important that you also do your part and are fully prepared academically and athletically when being scouted for athletic scholarships. As we always advise, be prepared as soon as possible and begin preparing for recruitment as you enter high school. Preparation is key.