The NCAA is set to temporarily expand college football recruitment class signing limits according to Ross Dellenger from Sports Illustrated.
“Officials are ready to approve a 1-year waiver next month to immediately extend the 25-man FB signing limit,” sources told Sports Illustrated, “Dellenger tweeted Tuesday. “Coaches can replace up to 7 players leaving the portal. Max. Signature # would be 32 (25 + 7).”
This move comes in the wake of a massive increase in players entering the transfer portal in 2021. Many players entered the portal because of the NCAA, which allowed 2020 not to count against eligibility. With this new ruling, teams could replace up to seven transfers with recruits for the upcoming class in 2022. Boston College lost 15 players to the transfer portal from December last year to this point. The Eagles also have 22 commitments currently in Class ’22.
More from Dellenger’s article:
The impetus for immediate action on the subject is a result of policy changes that leave – and will leave – many schools well below the total 85 scholarship framework. Although schools are limited to having 85 fellows a year, they are limited to signing 25 players in a single class. The 100 signatories over four years leave a 15-player wiggle room for natural wear.
However, there is more movement in the sport than ever before due to a rule change that gives athletes the right to transfer once without penalty. The transfer wave combined with name, image and similarity results in another disturbing trend: coaches steer their recruitment away from high school level and towards the portal.
The article goes on to say that these traits were not universally agreed upon by all athletic departments. There was concern that some schools would push players out to go for more coveted recruits, but that was rectified with a compromise. The athletes can only be replaced are those who enter the transfer portal alone.
H / t to Syracuse SI for the original article.