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One Coach Says "99.9%" Of Schools Use Third-Party Recruiters

A coach speaks out after UCF's NCAA sanctions.
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Earlier this week, the University of Central Florida was hit by NCAA sanctions for the illegal recruitment of incoming freshman Kevin Ware. Ware was approached by the school through Kenneth Caldwell, a third party with ties to both ASM Sports (a prominent sports agency) and the university. The NCAA deemed this a highly punishable offense, and didn't let the Knights off lightly.

However, as reported by CBS Sports, an anonymous college coach spoke out out on the issue of third-party recruiting.

"To have a chance to get a really good player, you'd better have somebody on the inside helping you [...] I'd say 99.9 percent of us [have used third-party recruiters]. How else do you get a player?" ~ Anonymous college basketball coach

So could this lead to more violations for other schools in the near future? Not necessarily.

While third-parties are now an integral part of the recruiting process, not all third-parties are illegal. Most college coaches currently have to go through AAU coaches or something similar to reach out to younger players, and that is completely acceptable (at least by NCAA rules).

What does need to be avoided however is contact with program boosters, or people associated with the NBA or NFL, which has always been a huge no-no. And the worry is that if 99.9% of coaches are utilizing third parties to contact recruits, not all of these interactions are occurring in a fair or acceptable fashion. Third parties often have an enormous amount of influence on young players, and it isn't fair to the kids if they are being pressured toward a school constantly.

In light of the illegal recruitment at Central Florida, and recent cases such as Cam Newton at Auburn, the NCAA is really looking to crack down and get a handle on recruiting. It has already started to spiral out of control, so the NCAA needs to take action before things become unmanageable. Now we just have to hope it doesn't get too ugly.