Oregon State has typically been late to the Spring Evaluation party with Spring Camp lasting into April or May. With the early Spring Camp this season, the Beaver coaches have been able to spend a month getting organized and making their plans. This is the first time in 2017 that the coaches can hit the road to evaluate prospective student-athletes.
First off, what is the "Evaluation Period?"
Per the NCAA: During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.
The interesting piece here is the fact that college coaches are not allowed to have face-to-face contact with prospects or their families during the Evaluation Period, but the coaches can speak to high school coaches and school personnel.
The NCAA currently allows FBS programs 168 evaluation days between April 15, 2017 and May 31, 2017 (excluding Memorial Day and Sunday's). With those days divided among the nine coaches who are able to be on the road, it equates to roughly 18 evaluation days for each of the coaches.
Coaches will not only be watching the athletes on the field, but also assessing their academic progress as well as talking with counselors to get an idea on the type of person the recruit is, off the field.
The official bylaw reads:
An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period. If an institution’s coaching staff member conducts both an athletics and an academic evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on the same day during this evaluation period, the institution shall be charged with the use of an academic evaluation only and shall be permitted to conduct a second athletics evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.
Where will Oregon State coaches be focusing their efforts? Here is a listing of the coaches and their current recruiting areas:
Telly Lockette: Florida and Georgia
Jason Phillips: Texas, Louisiana, Florida Gulf Coast, NE Georgia
T.J. Woods: California--Inland Empire, Las Vegas, Northwest
Dave Baldwin: Bay Area and Northern California
Kevin McGiven: Arizona and Utah
Chad Kauha'aha'a: Hawaii, American Samoa, Nevada--Las Vegas, California--Long Beach, Utah--Salt Lake City
Kevin Clune: California--San Diego and Orange County
John Rushing: California: Central Valley and Ventura area
Cory Hall: California--LA, San Fernando Valley and Georgia--Atlanta
BeaverBlitz will be following the Beavers recruiting efforts as new offers go out as evaluations are made. We've also been breaking down the areas of need going into the 2018 class with a list of the early offerees at each position. Here is the rundown: