The NCAA, which I think is usually a self serving organization, recently made changes to the way baseball players can be recruited that should help tremendously (in theory). As of April 25th, coaches could no longer talk recruiting in person until September 1 of an athletes junior year - not at camp, not on their own campus, etc. Additionally, coaches still can't initiate a phone call until September 1 of an athletes junior year. The only way they can talk recruiting is if a player calls and they happen to answer the phone. I know, I know...college RC gives HS/Travel coach a call and tells them to have their player call this number at this is time...
But what a tremendous advantage for 2020 players and beyond that they can now take official visits beginning September 1 of their junior year. I'm not shocked at the number of recent 2020 and 2021 commits, I just don't understand the rush on the athletes part. Why not wait another 2 months if you are a 2020 and make a visit.
My son (2019) told me he would have hated these rules if they happened during his sophomore or freshman year of HS. But now on the other end, having committed only after he vetted a large number of schools, he understands what an advantage the new rules are for players.
So after all that my questions are:
Are there players and parents from 2020 and beyond that are excited about these new rules and intent on waiting to commit?
If committing such young players are not violating the letter of the new rules, they are at least violating the intent. Should the NCAA step up the rules change to coincide with softball, and say no contact of any kind until September 1 of an athletes junior year?