WSU Recruiting Notebook

THE PAC-12 meetings held last week were fairly low-key with a decided lack of big-news items coming out of Arizona. But one of the topics discussed has the potential to change the face of recruiting.

Could coaches be allowed to once again attend independent combines and camps?

Coaches used to be able to go out in the spring and summer and observe at any third-party camp they wanted. But in August of 2006, the NCAA enacted a rule barring coaches from attending the events.

Speaking last week at the Pac-12 spring meetings, Larry Scott said the Pac-12 will look to advance the idea of a series of regional combines, to be held throughout the country. The impetus for doing so has to do with satellite camps.

Satellite recruiting camps, where coaches from a school go and work a third-party camp (generally out of state) have become a hot topic again this offseason. Mike Leach and his assistants worked five camps in California this past June, and are expected to do similar this June.

Doing so allows WSU to come to the prospects who otherwise could not afford to travel on their dime to the Palouse. It also allows WSU to get in front of many more prospects, and offer hands-on Pac-12 level coaching instruction they might not receive otherwise.

But coaches in large metropolitan areas and/or schools at the top of the recruiting food chain want to see the satellite camps stopped. They don’t like other schools/coaches gaining one-on-one exposure with recruits in their backyard and/or areas where they hold a strong recruiting toehold. Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer are among those vehemently opposed to satellite camps. The SEC and ACC also have league rules that prohibit their coaches taking part, though that may change soon.

The “regional combines” debate is in its early stages, and a number of details would still need to be worked out. But if it does come to pass, the spring recruiting process would change significantly.

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