7-on-7 draws NCAA recruiting scrutiny

August, 5, 2011
8/05/11
2:54
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7-on-7 has become the equivalent of AAU basketball or club soccer during the summer in Texas and around the country, which has drawn some concern from the NCAA.

ESPN's Joe Schad created a piece that ran today on Outside the Lines on how 7-on-7 had developed around the country and the issues the NCAA has with how it affects the recruting process.

In the video piece that ran, Schad cited the recruitment of former Dallas Skyline LB Anthony Wallace to Oregon through the exposure he received during 7-on-7 tournaments.

Here is an excerpt from the written piece on the OTL page at ESPN.com:
While college coaches don't attend the tournaments, over the past year a slew of NCAA investigators have. For years, the NCAA has struggled to keep up with the recruiting and amateurism violations found in AAU basketball. In an attempt to manage the 7-on-7 scene, the NCAA has assigned seven employees to explore its underpinnings. The concern is an influx of third parties -- such as the numerous coaches on Bush's South Florida Express -- could cause players to lose college eligibility if the players receive preferential treatment or extra benefits from them.

Because of that, many high school football coaches are also concerned about just who their players are playing for. The worries also include out-of-state travel with people whose backgrounds may be largely unknown, concerns about athletes being pulled out of class, and anxiety about a lack of knowledge among 7-on-7 coaches about how the players are performing in school.
Travis L. Brown covers high schools for ESPNDallas.com. He is a graduate of TCU, where he was sports editor of the student paper, The Daily Skiff.

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