The rules have changed. And the recruiting process just got more hectic.
Beginning Sept. 1 of a player’s junior year, coaches are now permitted to call or text an unlimited number of times. They can also make home visits to juniors during the fall contact period and recruits can make official visits to prospective schools beginning in April of their junior year.
In the past, coaches could not call a recruit for the first time until April of their junior year, while e-mails (and similar platforms) and faxes were the lone permitted forms of electronic correspondence. Players could also previously not make an official visit until the beginning of their senior year and coaches could not have off-campus contact with a player until July 1 following their junior year.
The current fall contact period runs Sept. 9 through Sept. 29 (It used to be Sept. 16-Oct. 6). And the UConn coaching staff will be extremely active. A recruiting source has indicated that the Huskies will make a home visit with Class of 2014 target A’ja Wilson, a 6-foot-4 wing from Hopkins, S.C. who is considered the No. 1 player in the class, either Sept. 11 or 13. They will also visit Kia Nurse, a 6-foot guard from Hamilton, Ontario who is currently a member of the Canadian Senior National Team.
Wilson and Nurse, whose brother Darnell was selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the seventh overall pick in June and whose uncle is Donovan McNabb, are the lone remaining targets from the current senior class. UConn is no longer involved with Kathryn Westbeld, a 6-2 forward from Kettering, Ohio, or Taylor Rooks, a 6-1 forward from Warren, N.J.
The Huskies have already received oral commitments from seniors Courtney Ekmark, a 6-foot guard from Phoenix, Sadie Edwards, a 5-10 guard from Meriden, and Gabby Williams, a 5-11 guard from Sparks, Nevada. The source said that UConn coach Geno Auriemma will visit Williams Monday.
The source also stated that the Huskies will make home visits with Class of 2015 targets Asia Durr, a 5-10 guard from Douglasville, Ga. who is regarded as the top player in the class, Sept. 12, Napheesa Collier, a 6-1 forward from St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 16 and DeJanae Boykin, a 6-2 forward Springdale Md., Sept. 17.
Fellow 2015 target Katie Lou Samuelson, a 6-3 wing from Huntington Beach, Calif., is not conducting home visits. She is a member of the U.S. 3×3 U-18 World Championship Team that will compete in the FIBA 3×3 U-18 World Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia Sept. 26-29.