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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Urban Meyer talks NCAA recruiting



Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer isn't a fan of at least one of the NCAA's recruiting rules.

The former Gators coach said today that he doesn't like high school prospects having to pay their own way for unofficial visits. Each recruit gets five official visits, which are paid by the colleges. Travel and meals for unofficial visits are on families' dimes, which Meyer doesn't like.

"It is one of the problems I have now with collegiate athletics. It's almost anti-student-athlete where they have to come to us for camp," Meyer said, according to "How many kids can afford to fly or drive that far?

"This is so unusual, I can't believe we're allowed to do this."

I agree with Meyer. Plenty of families can't afford recruiting trips across the country, and the number of unofficial visits have grown ridiculous for young prospects. Official visits often come after a player has already committed to that school. If colleges had to pay for unofficial visits, I doubt coaches would promote them so much. That might give recruits time to think about where they really want to play and force them to make their visits count.

You can read the rest of ESPN's story here.

[Last modified: Friday, July 13, 2012 12:21am]


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