Starting this fall, the parents or legal guardians of recruits will no longer have to absorb the costs on official visits to FBS schools after the NCAA Division I Council passed legislation to allow programs to pay for two parents or guardians to accompany recruits on official visits.
Set for implementation this August in advance of the five official visits allowed for class of 2017 recruit, the legislation will pay for the round-trip transportation costs on the official visits, as well as for meals. In the past, schools could only provide transportation and meals for prospective student-athletes and not the parents or legal guardians.
For some athletic departments, the increased expenses could be onerous, especially for schools that make less revenue. In fact, the Sun Belt Conference was the only conference among 15 voting leagues to object to the new legislation, perhaps because of the increase in costs.
For Texas, the benefits will outweigh the expenditures, especially since head coach Charlie Strong is known for winning over parents and legal guardians. Now that important face time at the end of the process can happen with every recruit's parents or legal guardians on official visits instead of possibly being constrained to in-home visits.
However, since the Longhorns mostly recruit prospects from the Lone Star State, the rule change could help some out-of-state programs that previously weren't able to get parents or legal guardians on campus for official visits because of prohibitive travel costs. On the flip side, the rule change could benefit Texas with out-of-state prospects, so in net this new legislation could be the tipping point in a recruitment or two over the coming years.