FAU coach Mike Jarvis sees some advantages to texting recruits. (Owl Access File Photo)
Not too much texting
A new rule allowing college basketball coaches to text recruits could be a good thing provided it isn't abused, FAU coach Mike Jarvis says.
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Many coaches may have spent Friday texting recruits on the first day the NCAA relaxed rules on contacting high school players
For Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis, however, Friday was business as usual as he held another succesful camp at The Burrow. For Jarvis, the texting can come later.
Jarvis said he isn't planning to fundamentally change how he recruits players to come to FAU just because the NCAA now allows more contact through social media channels and texting.
“I'm not going to recruit a kid just by texting,” Jarvis said. “I don' think you can get to know a kid just by texting anyway.”
Jarvis said he will call some recruits this weekend, just as he normally would - and maybe text a few.
“What I will do is probably call 10 or 12 of our priority recruits over the weekend and I might send them a text to remind them that Sunday is Father's Day – that will be the extent of my texting,” Jarvis said.
The NCAA will now allow college basketball coaches to recruits via text and instant messaging through sites such as Facebook and will not limit how many times a coach can contact a recruit.
The rule went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and it's believed that some coaches began texting recruits immediately.
Jarvis believes being able to text a recruit can be a good thing as long as coaches don't go overboard – which is a distinct possibility.
“It will be good if people don't abuse it or over-use it,” Jarvis said. “It won't be a bad thing.as long as a coach doesn't try to get a kid to think he's wanted more just because he is getting a text every few minutes. It will be good in some cases, but I some cases it could be abused.”