Many veteran high school football coaches have likely encountered a long-standing tradition of NCAA coaches — bringing in top recruits on game day to allow them to experience the atmosphere of a home football game.
That practice is starting to change slightly. Some NCAA coaches are finding they can spend more quality time with recruits if they bring them on campus after the season concludes — in January or February.
Any visit to a campus by a college-bound student-athlete and his parents or legal guardians paid for by the college is considered an official visit. During an official visit, the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for the prospect, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses — including three tickets to a home sports event.
December and January and the run-up to national signing day have traditionally been when schools bring recruits and their families to campus for visits. The NCAA’s Football Recruiting Ad Hoc Group estimated around 75 percent of official visits take place in the eight weeks before signing day. But with the expedited recruiting cycle, the committee found more and more schools have been bringing recruits in on game weekends in September, October and November.
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