NCAA Needs to Change Recruiting Process Guidelines

The NCAA has been under fire the past few years because student athletes feel they are being unfairly treated by the Association. The players’ gripe about being used by the NCAA; in 2009 former football and basketball players filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of current players.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the current students because the athletes are considered amateurs, they do not receive any of the money they help bring to the school through their athletic achievements because it will make them ineligible to be considered amateurs. If they win the lawsuit, the money will be shared and temporarily put in trusts for the students until the end of their collegiate careers.

The NCAA receives Millions in revenue from television deals, endorsements and video game licenses which use the likeness and images of the student athletes. The student athletes receive tuition, free room and board, and a monthly allowance. The coaches on the other hand receive millions of dollars in salary and bonuses for reaching certain incentives.

This week according to reports from multiple news outlets the Alabama Crimson tide have offered a football scholarship to an eighth grader! In a twist, their South Eastern Conference (SEC) rivals did the exact thing to the student last year. The NFL waits till college players are two years removed from high school before they are eligible for the NFL Draft, why can’t the NCAA wait till they are at least sophomores in high school?

The Student offered the scholarship is Dylan Moses from Tuscaloosa, AL. He will not be eligible to join the team until 2017. The point here is how can an institution that claims to be trying to shape young minds and always emphasizes the “student” athlete expect young, predominantly urban kids that are given scholarships before they even graduate middle school to take their classroom work seriously?

I say the NCAA needs to stop the charade, if they want to treat these young adults like professionals then they should be compensated as such.