A few thoughts on the recruiting nightmare this will create. The NCAA has all but shut down recruiting so we all need to think outside the box. I got many calls from members of my site but everyone needs to let things settle before they make decisions. Many of the already recruited players are being asked to red shirt since the programs will have less slots (seniors taking advantage of the extra year). A lot of the PSA's are scrambling to get out of their LOI's and transfer to a school where they wont sit the year. Many are thinking JC's and D3 for a year but any way you look at it since all the present players are getting a fresh year the rosters will be crowded for the next 4 years.
Our program only has 5 seniors - all of which said they will return for a fifth year. That means there are 5 slots already covered. Some schools have many more seniors (not all of which will opt to return) and since most kids take 5 years to graduate it will keep the rosters top heavy.
Love to hear some thoughts on this - as a college coach I'm constantly looking for feedback and ways to be fair to all involved.
I think you will have to do what's best for you and your team. I just find it hard to believe that a freshman coming in will be able to legitimately compete with a 23-24 year old. The top freshmen will be okay at the schools they signed with but the middle and bottom of each recruiting class will find there is no room at the inn. They will be pushed down a level or to another school.
I think as a parent the best thing that a coach can do is be as brutally honest as they can as early as they can so the players have options whether it is with current players or incoming players or recruits. Some coaches will and some won't. But that is the fair thing is to let a player know where they stand and what the future seems to hold. I would rather know I did not have a true spot or chance at a spot rather than get there and realize there are way more people than usual.