Why Lavert Hill's special Penn State introduction wasn't NCAA violation
When four-star defensive back recruit Lavert Hill was introduced at a Penn State hockey game on Saturday night, it caused quite the stir.
The Detroit prospect was once committed to Penn State, but he decommitted in late November. As it stands, he isn’t verbally committed to a school. He’s rumored to still be considering the likes of Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.
So surely a formal introduction of a recruit at a Penn State sporting event like this would be an NCAA violation, right?
Penn State just trotted out Lavert Hill and had everyone cheer for him during the intermission. pic.twitter.com/K0nEWtfjXe
— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) January 16, 2016
Naturally, there were some skeptical of why PSU was allowed to promote a recruit that didn’t have a signed letter of intent.
Penn State receivers coach Josh Gattis took the liberty to defend the program against those calling foul.
— Josh Gattis (@Coach_Gattis) January 17, 2016
It turns out that Gattis actually had a point.
According to NCAA rules, recruits are allowed to sign financial aid agreements at multiple schools without making them contractually obligated to attend that school. Those recruits are allowed to be promoted on official visits like the one Hill made.
Hill, as it was released, signed financial aid papers with Penn State, making the university not in direct violation of the NCAA guidelines. If he hadn’t, there likely would’ve been even more people blowing the whistle on James Franklin’s program.
But the staff reportedly did its due diligence.
Penn State statement: We vetted tonight's appearance at hockey through our compliance office in advance and in this situation it is legal
— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) January 17, 2016
Hill still has an official visit to Michigan State scheduled before he announces his commitment.