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NCAA investigating Baylor for possible recruiting violation
The NCAA is looking into whether Baylor assistant coach Kendal Briles committed a violation by visiting highly touted Class of 2015 recruit J.W. Ketchum during a non-contact period last fall.
NCAA investigators have been in touch with officials at Ketchum's school, Marshall High in Missouri City, Texas, about the alleged visit. Investigators are expected to talk with the rising junior dual-threat quarterback in the next several weeks, according to a source familiar with Ketchum's recruitment.
Under NCAA rules, coaches cannot have any in-person contact with junior prospects or their parents off-campus.
A message left for Kendal Briles was not immediately returned, but his father, Baylor head coach Art Briles, said there are no NCAA issues involving his son.
When reached by phone and asked if Kendal Briles visited him last semester, Ketchum said, "Ummm, I don't know." He hung up as a reporter asked if he had been contacted by the NCAA. An official at Ketchum's high school confirmed that Kendal Briles visited last semester.
Briles, 31, is in his sixth season as a Baylor assistant and serves as receivers coach, pass game coordinator and offensive recruiting coordinator.
Under the new NCAA enforcement structure, if Kendal Briles did have impermissible contact with Ketchum, he could face a wide range of punishment that includes a one-game suspension. His father could also be suspended a game under NCAA rules that make head coaches accountable for certain transgressions of their assistants. The Baylor staff could also be restricted from recruiting Ketchum for a certain period of time. The NCAA does not comment on current, pending or potential investigations.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ketchum is ranked among the state's top prospects for 2015 according to recruiting services. Last season, he rushed for 1,172 yards and passed for 603 yards, with a combined 24 touchdowns.
In addition to Baylor, he has scholarship offers from LSU, Oklahoma and Texas, among others, but could play another position besides quarterback in college.
The younger Briles has emerged as a dynamic recruiter in Texas. In Baylor's last recruiting class, which was ranked as high as No. 23 by one service, he reeled in the Bears' top two recruits, wide receiver KD Cannon of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and athlete Davion Hall of Texarkana, Texas.