NCAA passes several new recruiting reforms


NCAA passes several new recruiting reforms

New NCAA standards will likely make a profound impact on the college football recruiting landscape. 

Northwestern AD Jim Phillips, chairman of the NCAA Division I Council, said in a statement, "Today's adoption of the football legislation marks the most significant progress in recent years to improve the football environment and culture for current and prospective student-athletes and coaches."

"Importantly, the action of the NCAA Division I Council delivers on the charge of the Division I Board of Directors to comprehensively improve the football recruiting environment. This affirms that the new Division I governance structure can effectively and timely address important issues."

What does it all mean?

With this reform package, recruits will now be allowed to take official visits — paid for by schools — from April 1 of a high school player's junior year until the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June. Official visits previously were not allowed until after Sept. 1 of a prospect's senior year.

The earlier official visit period is designed to work along with an early signing period, yet the early signing period (expected to be in mid-December) was not voted on today. It is expected to be brought up for a vote in June. These new rule changes will take effect on Aug. 1 and will impact starting with the Class of 2019

Another important impact from Friday's action — one that takes effect immediately — reduces the time frame that FBS level schools can hold camps and attend clinics. These schools are now allowed just one 10-day period in June. Last summer, schools had two 15-day periods in June and July. 

Another important change passed Friday is that all FBS schools are restricted to hold camps on NCAA facilities only, thus eliminating several third party satellite camps made popular the past two summers by Michigan head. The FCS-level schools are still allowed the two 15-day periods in June and July to conduct camps. 

EDGY's recruiting news and notes: Maine South's Kokosiuoulis adds NIU offer

EDGY's recruiting news and notes: Maine South's Kokosiuoulis adds NIU offer

Maine South All-state running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) made a spring practice visit to NIU on Tuesday morning and wound up adding his first offer from the Huskies.

"(The offer from NIU) was a little bit of a surprise," Kokosioulis, a junior, said. "I really wasn't heavily talking to the coaches at NIU. I just heard from them recently, they invited me up to visit them and they offered."

Kokosioulis, who has also drawn recruiting interest this spring from Army, Indiana State, Colgate and Cornell, also came away impressed with NIU after his Tuesday visit.

"I went to NIU as a freshman for a football camp but outside of that camp this was my first visit as a recruit. I was at NIU early in the morning and watched a spring practice," he said. "I liked the way that they practiced and the facilities are really nice. The coaches at NIU were really nice. I'm just happy to finally get an offer. Now I can think more of what type of school I would like to go to instead of having no options."

Metea Valley sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) made a recent visit to Western Michigan and came away with his first scholarship offer. Thorne, the son of North Central College head coach Jeff Thorne, discussed his first impressions from his visit to the school.

"I visited Western Michigan two weeks ago and it was a really good visit," he said. "WMU offered me a scholarship when I was on the visit. I love the staff at Western Michigan and they also have a nice campus and outstanding facilities. I've also known head coach Tim Lester my whole life, so getting this offer is pretty special."

Thorne has also drawn very early recruiting interest and has made unofficial visits to Minnesota and Penn State. 

De LaSalle junior defensive back Byron Perkins (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) was asked by the Purdue staff to make an unofficial visit on Monday and Perkins came away with his first Big Ten offer from the Boilermakers.

"It's hard to find words to describe the feeling of getting an offer from Purdue," Perkins said. "I visited Purdue two weeks ago and had a great visit. Then Purdue cornerbacks backs coach (Derrick Jackson) wanted me to come back to campus on Monday and that's when they offered me."

Perkins, who is also holding an offer from Louisiana Lafayette, has drawn increased recruiting looks from several schools. 

"I've been in contact with just about the entire Mid American Conference schools along with Iowa, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and also Louisville. Several of those coaches have said that they will be in school some time this spring."

Naperville North junior wide receiver Nick Calcagno (6-foot-3, 207 pounds) made a recent spring practice visit to Southern Illinois University and added his first offer from the Salukis.

"I went down to SIU on Saturday for a Junior Day," Calcagno said. "I spent a lot of time talking to SIU wide receivers coach Nick Williams before and after the scrimmage. I was able to take a full tour of the facilities and I was really surprised at how nice everything was at SIU. They have great facilities and a great stadium. I also really liked the campus and it feels great to get my first offer from SIU. I'm hoping to get back for another visit to SIU again soon."

Calcagno has drawn recruiting looks from Iowa State, Western Michigan North Dakota State, North Dakota and Western Illinois.

Metea Valley WR Jayden Reed verbally commits to Western Michigan


Metea Valley WR Jayden Reed verbally commits to Western Michigan

Metea Valley junior wide receiver recruit Jayden Reed (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process on Tuesday and gave Western Michigan his verbal commitment.

"I chose Western Michigan because I feel it's going to be a great fit," Reed said. "When you feel at home there is no need to keep search so I committed."

Reed also pointed towards the Western Michigan coaching staff and overall fit as key reasons in his college choice.

"I felt that I could be a great fit in their offense. Western Michigan has a great coaching staff and me and my family were very thrilled about the school when we went to visit. I never thought I would be as comfortable with a coaching staff but the WMU coaches really stood out. You can only have one school to pick from no matter how many options you have. As long as you find a home that's all that really matters."

Reed is now the fourth State of Illinois commitment in the Broncos Class of 2018 and joins Lakes linebacker Ryan Selig, Rich Central safety Matthew Stuckey Jr. and DeLaSalle linebacker Joe Bonds. Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester, who has deep State of Illinois ties (Lester prepped at Wheaton Warrenville South) has made the state of Illinois and the greater Chicagoland area a focus in the Broncos recruiting efforts.