Alabama Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant told the AP: “I’m a parent of a 14-year-old, and I know right now my son is in no position to make a decision mentally or physically in terms of what he wants to do when he turns 18 or 19,” Grant said. “For me, I’d be a coach that would rather wait a little longer and see a kid mature a little bit better and see where he’s at academically and where he ends up physically before any of those life-changing decisions are made.”
The AP also reported Grant said, “If a kid is in a position early in his career, to gather information, to visit campuses and get a feel for where they fit and what’s a good situation for them … I think some of that needs to be left up to the individual families,” he said.
Below you can read the entire AP story on the NCAA proposal to ban scholarship offers to young students. The biggest question remains how the rule would be enforced. This is the key thing to remember: “There’s also the question of how the new rule would be enforced. Any scholarship offer is unofficial until a letter of intent is signed, so it would be difficult to monitor what coaches are saying to prospects in private.”
If that sounds like yet another requirement to hire compliance staff to monitor this arcane rule then you would be right. Every new rule inevitably leads to an expansion of the compliance bureaucracy.