Is the latest hit on Cam Newton bomb or dud?

ESPN reported this: “Two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year.”
First things first. Only coaches are allowed to recruit. If the sources were Mississippi State coaches, the story should’ve identified them that way. If someone other than a State coach was recruiting for the school, that’s an NCAA violation.