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New York Times Newsroom: College Programs Turning to Virtual Reality for Recruiting

By November 23, 2015Blog

Using a specialized 360-degree camera, virtual reality companies like EON can capture every aspect of the environment, from front and behind the viewer to above and below them.

It can take a recruit inside a team huddle, down the tunnel before a game, around campus or through the weight room.

“From a recruiting standpoint, you can show them everything you want to show them, basically have an unofficial recruiting visit from anywhere in the country as long as they have a smartphone and they can access us on the app,” said Drew Jennison, UNLV’s assistant recruiting coordinator.

And the recruit can do it his own pace. Official visits can often be hectic, with coaches trying to jam as much in 48 hours as they possibly can. They create detailed itineraries for the recruits, which often don’t allow for many deviations if, say, the recruit wants to spend extra time in the business building or student center.

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