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In their annual meeting in Indianapolis on Friday, the NCAA Division 1 Council passed several sweeping changes in recruiting that would shift the current landscape for both players and coaches at the high school level.

Among the changes that passed: a new early signing period in mid-December, the approval of a 10th full-time assistant coach, and prospects taking official visits during the spring of their junior year.

One other piece of legislation that passed would impact how coaches try to move up from high school into the college ranks and has generated a lot of controversy. The rule, as stated in the legislation, would prohibit FBS schools from “hiring people close to a prospective student-athlete for a two-year period before and after the student’s anticipated and actual enrollment at the school.”

One recent example of this happened at Michigan last year when Jim Harbaugh hired Chris Partridge, former head caoch of powerhouse Paramus High School in New Jersey, to help in his recruitment of top-rated prospect Rashan Gary. Under the new rule, that kind of hiring would no longer be allowed.

For more on the full rule changes, you can read through the entire proposal here.

 

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