Big changes in recruiting on tap

A recent conference call by the NCAA Division I Coaches Congress detailed recruiting rules regarding seniors and underclassmen, as well as alterations in the calendar, that will be put into place following an Oct. 27 meeting of the NCAA Leadership Council.

An email obtained by ESPN outlines changes in the visitation process and recruiting calendar for high school juniors following Jan. 1 of their junior season.
College basketball coaches will ask for the ability to host juniors on official visits after that time.

The group is also looking to reintroduce the presence of college coaches at spring AAU and travel team events by adding evaluation opportunities during April.

It is also seeking to reduce the number of recruiting days in July from 20 by creating a series of three four-day recruiting periods.

In addition to the amendments to the recruiting calendar, there are other possible changes that will be voted upon.

The group is proposing to allow schools to pay for two parents or guardians to accompany prospects on their official visits. Presently, schools are only allowed to pay for recruits -- not their families -- during official visits.

One of the key elements the coaches seek to change is the manner in which they communicate with players.

The coaches are asking for unlimited contact with recruits following June 15 of their sophomore season. Essentially, schools would be able to call, email, text, Skype and interact with players on Facebook and Twitter with no restrictions.

College coaches also support the ability to interact with juniors -- in addition to seniors -- during contact periods throughout the year.

College coaches, during an evaluation and contact period, are allowed to speak with seniors.

However, current regulations prohibit them from interacting with juniors. Should the legislation pass, coaches would be allowed to have contact with juniors as well.

Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at espndt@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @DaveTelep.