By John Shinn
CNHI News Service
At this time on Wednesday, a bunch antiquated fax machines at Oklahoma’s football office will have served their annual purpose — spitting out signed letters of intent on national signing day.
However, the fax machine is one of the only aspects of recruiting the NCAA has left unchanged in the future of recruiting.
Three major changes that will "de-regulate" the process will go into effect Aug. 1:
• Proposal 11-2: Allows football programs to hire a recruiting coordinator and support staff separate from the coaching staff. These additional staff members can do everything a coach does in terms of recruiting except recruit off-campus.
• Proposal 11-4: All assistants can be on the road recruiting at the same time.
• Proposal 13-3: Allows coaches to communicate to prospects whenever they want and with whatever method they want as long as the message is private.
The NCAA is going to allow schools to employ as many people as they want for recruiting purposes. Call centers will be allowed to remain in constant contact with prospective recruits. Scouting departments will become the norm. The days of a defensive line coach scrambling to find tape of an unknown high school senior a week before signing day will be over. In theory, they can build a scouting department just like pro teams.
The changes won't end the process of waiting on faxes to arrive on the first Wednesday in February, but everything else about the recruiting process is about to change.