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What is the recruiting contact period, and what's the timeline between now and National Signing Day 2017?
on January 12, 2017 at 12:01 AM, updated January 12, 2017 at 1:23 PM
The final push to fill out recruiting classes around the country begins this morning.
Welcome to quite possibly the craziest part of the annual travel calendar for college coaches and prospects alike.
Starting this morning and running through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 29, off-campus and on-campus visits are allowed for class of 2017 prospects, which means coaches like those from Penn State can go see players at their school, and likewise, recruits can come to University Park.
It's all a part of the contact period, which had been on a hiatus since the winter one first started back on Nov. 27 and ran through Dec. 11 before a dead period lasted from then until now.
So what is allowed during the contact period for seniors, a.k.a class of 2017 recruits?
Coaches can: Electronically communicate with players, visit them at their school, and have in-home visits. Head coaches are allowed one in-home visit per prospect. A coach can see a player off-campus a total of six times between Nov. 27 and Jan. 29, but not more than once per week.
Prospects can: See coaches at their school and visit college campuses, electronically communicate with coaches.
"We get right into recruiting mode pretty quick, but you get excited about the team you have coming back," defensive coordinator Brent Pry said after the Rose Bowl.
College coaches cannot speak directly to juniors, sophomores, or freshmen unless they take an unofficial visit to a college. Then, it's allowed; in short, on-campus verbal communication with underclassmen is OK, but off-campus is not, outside of a 'hello' in passing.
PennLive will have updates throughout the day, and over the course of the next two and a half weeks, as Penn State works to close out its class, so stay tuned.>
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