Earlier "commitments" between prospects and coaches - Many coaches are playing on the fears and inexperience of high school prospects in an effort to secure an early commitment, regardless of what's best for the prospect. The rush to identify and secure the best talent has many coaches manufacturing artificial deadlines - forcing a prospect to "commit" to the institution at the risk of losing the opportunity on the table.
Connecticut Football Coach Randy Edsall's shared his views about the trend in a recent interview with the Sporting News.
Edsall goes on to say that if the NCAA was serious about its commitment to academics, it would legislate how early a prospect can be offered a scholarship.
The AAU Money Trail - Meanwhile, economic concerns and ethics are converging around men's basketball, AAU teams and summer recruiting events. At issue are the fees that AAU coaches and summer camp organizers charge college coaches for rosters with player names and numbers so that they know who they are watching. A New York Times article details that coaches are being charged hundreds of dollars for the rosters (some organizers provide the option to waive the roster fee if they sign up for a more expensive year-long "recruiting service"). Cash is often the only method of payment. Yale coach James Jones calls the practice "extortion". Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings was more expansive, stating: