NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The two-day Personnel and Recruiting Symposium held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville this week saw over 300 college football staffers come together in an environment where they were able to learn and network regarding their various off-field roles that are integral to their respective programs acquisition of players, whether that’s typically through the high school recruiting circuit and now of course the transfer portal.
The itinerary included hearing from two legendary NFL general managers in Bill Polian and Kevin Colbert, along with current Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson. Other speakers with terrible insight came from Jim Nagy of the Senior Bowl, NFL senior manager Venessa Hutchinson and Doug Whaley who is now with the XFL. Beyond that, leaders in the personnel space hosted breakout sessions where philosophy and ideas were shared and discussed.
We were also able to get a pulse on how the personnel industry feels about the most relevant topics happening on the trail and with the portal as attendees voted on several topics. These are the voices to listen to regarding rules that impact those two things.
78 percent were in favor of only allowing them for official visits.
20 percent like the current rule of using them for unofficial and official visits.
2 percent said completely get rid of them.
Regarding Home Visits
70 percent were in favor of allowing home visits during the Dec/Jan contact period for seniors which is the current rule.
17 percent were in favor of home visits during the spring evaluation period and contact period for seniors.
7 percent were in favor of allowing home visits during the Dec/Jan contact period for both juniors and seniors.
5 percent were in favor of allowing home visits during the spring eval period and Dec/Jan contact period for both juniors and seniors.
On allowing personnel staff to evaluate off-campus
17 percent were in favor of staying off the road, coaches only which is the current rule.
56 percent were in favor of designating an assigned number that can go on the road along with coaches during eval and contact periods.
27 percent were in favor of allowing an assigned number of personnel staff to go off campus in the fall evaluation period only.
41 percent were in favor of allowing mailings for all legally contactable prospects which is the current rule.
34 percent were in favor of allowing only handwritten note cards and eliminating general mailings.
24 percent were in favor of eliminating all mailings and just sending everything digitally.
21 percent were in favor of keeping the May 1 deadline which is the current rule
77 percent were in favor of the new proposal for two deadlines, one from the final Sunday in November until the early signing date in Mid-December and another from April 15 to May 1.
4 percent were in favor of a new proposal allowing prospects to have immediate eligibility unlimited times if entered during assigned deadlines.
National Letters of Intent
53 percent were in favor of keeping two signing days in December and February which is the current rule
23 percent were in favor of adding a summer signing day the last week of June along with the December and February signing days.
25 percent were in favor of eliminating signing days and allowing seniors to sign at any time.
25 percent are fine with unlimited verbal offers to any age group
75 percent believe its out of control and change needs to take place
On seeing college football move to an Olympic Sports model
81 percent voted yes, prospects cannot be offered or visit campus before Sept. 1 of their junior year.
19 percent voted no, prospects should be able to be offered and visit campus at anytime.
What is your comfort level with the alleged cheating going on in college football recruiting currently?
92 percent said it’s the Wild Wild West.
4 percent said only a small/fair amount is going on.
4 percent said they’re completely comfortable