This year, Guthrie has another talented senior expected to receive serious Division I attention. Kai Callins doesn't have any offers yet because of a torn ACL last fall, but his stock could rise when games begin.
“I think there should be a limit,” Callins said. “Just as a student-athlete, it's tough enough as it is with school, work, practice and if you're in any clubs or anything like that.
“You want to take those calls so you don't look bad, but sometimes it can be too much.”
Opinions vary on the issue, though. Southmoore senior Jaelon Walker said he thinks coaches should be allowed unlimited contact.
“They're going to give you a $100,000 offer,” Walker said. “If they're going to spend that kind of money on a student, they should be able to contact him as much as they want. I'm fine with that trade off.”
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What they're saying about the NCAA's recruiting proposals
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops: “I think they need to do a better job of communicating with players. If a player says he talked to so-and-so at whatever time of year, whether you can trace it or not, however he called him, he called me, I talked to him, well, that's a violation. Have it severe enough to where they don't want to do it. I don't think we do a good enough job of that.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban, speaking in March to the Birmingham Mountain Touchdown Club: “I'm kind of happy with the system we have now. To use the idea that, ‘We can't monitor it, so why don't we just make it legal?' I don't buy into that at all. It's like saying, ‘People are driving too fast. We can't enforce the speed limit, so let's just take the signs down and let everyone go as fast as they want.'”
NCAA President Mark Emmert, in a statement after the rules were suspended: “The intent is to develop a model that considers how the changes work together. The Board stated its intent to move forward with rules reform aggressively but also with due diligence. The reform effort, by any measure, has been a success and I'm confident the membership will find the right solution for some coach's concerns with this as well.”
Duke coach David Cutcliffe, speaking at last week's ACC spring meetings: “We far more favor regulation than total deregulation. We have concerns with deregulation, that it turns into a free-for-all. We are not in favor of earlier communications with prospects. We are not in favor of unlimited calling or text messaging. We feel that's a distraction to the student-athlete, particularly juniors or even seniors for that matter.”