Beginning Friday, Division I men’s basketball coaches will be able to call or text message with recruits who have completed or are finishing up their sophomore year of high school.
The rule change is part of a new model for men’s basketball recruiting that emphasizes relationship-building between college coaches and prospects and hopes to limit the influence of third parties on the recruiting process.
Coaches will be permitted to make unlimited calls and send unlimited text messages with recruits after June 15 following their sophomore year. The deregulation extends to social media, where private messages will be allowed. Public messages continue to be prohibited because of the rule preventing institutions from publicizing their recruiting efforts.