WITH SPRING BALL in the books, Oregon State assistant coaches will now spend four of the coming weeks on the recruiting trail. It won't stop until the month of May is done, with each OSU coach averaging multiple high school visits per day. Scholarship offers by OSU will no doubt swell.
The May Evaluation Period officially began on April 15. But a school is allowed only four of the six-plus weeks between April 15 and May 31, excluding Memorial Day and Sundays, to visit high schools and evaluate prep prospects.
With Oregon State
's spring ball running all the way through this past Saturday, Mike Riley
will use his four weeks to have his assistants hit the trail from this past Sunday until May 31 or the four weeks are exhausted.
THE WAY THE NCAA
structures this recruiting period, each school is allowed to have seven of their assistant coaches on the road at one time. So there will be rotation. One guy who won't be hitting the road is Mike Riley. A 2008 rule by the NCAA doesn't allow head coaches to be on the road during the May Evaluation period.
His assistants, though, will hit as many high schools as they can, talk to as many prep coaches as they can, watch as many practices or workouts as they can -- and ferry back miles of highlight tape for Riley to evaluate and to decide if OSU will make an early offer.
During the May Evaluation Period, schools are allowed one on-field evaluation per prospect to assess athletic ability, and one more evaluation to assess a prospect's academic qualifications. Additionally, schools are allowed to place one phone call to a prospect during the period. Prospects can call coaches anytime throughout the recruiting year. No face to face contact is permitted outside of a member institution (a college campus) at this time of year, though "bumping," defined as a brief encounter, happens frequently during the May Evaluation period.