The recruiting contact period starts today: What it means for Penn State’s Class of 2018 and beyond
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Penn State coaches will hit the road recruiting again today for the first time since December.
The recruiting contact period is back.
All nine of the current assistant coaches (a 10th should be hired soon) and head coach James Franklin will be able to get out to see their final Class of 2018 targets as well as underclassmen between now and Feb. 3.
A quiet period then starts on Feb. 4, before the final dead period of the Class of 2018 cycle runs through National Signing Day on Wed., Feb. 7.
The same rules that applied to the December contact period still apply now, meaning that coaches can stop by a prospect’s home or school once per week, and the head coach gets just one in-home visit. It will be interesting, then, to watch when Franklin decides to use his stop with four-star Maryland tackle Rasheed Walker, as he visits Ohio State Jan. 20 and has no other visits planned before deciding.
Penn State already has 22 Class of 2018 signees, leaving it room for a few more additions. The program is also targeting four-star Arizona receiver Solomon Enis, and perhaps another name or two could pop onto the board late. The fascinating part about this contact period compared to others is the fact that with so many signees across the country, many schools will now be focusing on a smaller than normal group of available players.
“This next couple weeks and this last signing day is going to get really aggressive,” Franklin said in December.
“I have a little bit of a concern about that, obviously, for the recruits. They’re under enough pressure and their families to make what is probably the biggest decision they’ve made at this point in their life. … It will be interesting to see how this works out. We’re all going through it for the first time.”
Another intriguing factor to consider is the incoming spring and summer official visits for juniors. Class of 2019 recruits can visit schools from April 1 through the end of June now on the school’s dime, which is a new rule and one Franklin has expressed concern over. No matter, it’s going to happen, and so the program must use this time to line up any visits while also putting out new offers that could lead to a visit, as well.
It’s sure to equal a busy start to the new year as another college football calendar kicks off.