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Glitz, glamour taken out of recruiting trips

Associated Press

As one of the top high school football players in the country, Dajleon Farr took recruiting trips to LSU, Miami, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

He toured the campuses, checked out the facilities, met some of the players and coaches and got a 48-hour feel for life as a student-athlete at a football powerhouse.

But he didn't get to see his name in lights. As of last year, that's against the rules.

No longer are schools allowed to woo prospects with rock star treatment. Fancy hotels, ritzy restaurants and private planes are now off limits. So are personalized jerseys and the use of simulated game-day activities.

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"I think it remains to be seen if it has any long-term benefit of reducing the celebrity of the recruiting weekends," said NCAA vice president David Berst, on the eve of today's national signing day.

"You shouldn't win the recruiting war by a lobster tail. You should win by an academic major, as foreign as that concept may be to some."

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