Recruiting Basics & Rules

When should you start thinking about recruiting?

NOW!

  • Freshman Year
    • Consider attending multiple 1 day college camps to find out where you stand against competition, and what you need to get better at.
    • Fill out athletic surveys online at college sites
    • Ensure your grades and classes are in line with NCAA requirements.
  • Sophomore Year
    • Refine your college camps to align with your abilities
    • Send film via e-mail link to colleges of interest, if you have quality VARSITY film.
    • Ensure your grades and classes are in line with NCAA requirements
  • Junior Year
    • Take ACT / SAT
    • Register at the NCAA Eligibility Center (Your interaction with Colleges will be limited unless you do this)
    • Refine your college camps to align with your abilities and college interests
    • Communicate via e-mail or phone with college coaches of interest
    • Send your film and athletic resume to as many colleges as you can, at the level you can play at
  • Senior Year
    • Re-take ACT / SAT
    • Communicate with college coaches and programs
    • Ensure your grades and classes meet NCAA standards
    • Send your fillm and athletic resume to as many colleges as you can, at the level you can play at 
    • Take as many unofficial visists as possible to colleges you are interested in attending

Below is a summary of college football recruiting rules sorted by division.  The information below can be found in the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.

Division I

Sophomore Year

  • Recruiting Materials- You may receive brochures for camp and questionnaires.
  • Telephone Calls- You may make calls to the coach at your expense.  College coach may not call you.
  • Off-Campus Contact- None allowed.
  • Official Visits- None allowed.
  • Unofficial Visits- You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits.

Junior Year

  • Recruiting Materials- You may begin receiving September 1 of your junior year.
  • Telephone Calls- You may make calls to the coach at your expense.  College coach may call you April 15 to May 31 of your junior year.
  • Off-Campus Contact- None allowed.
  • Official Visits- None allowed.
  • Unofficial Visits- You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits.

Senior Year

  • Recruiting Materials- Allowed.
  • Telephone Calls- You may make calls to the coach at your expense.  College coach may call you once per week beginning September 1.  College coach may make unlimited calls to you after you sign a National Letter of Intent, written offer of admission and/or financial aid, or the day after the college receives a financial deposit from you.
  • Off-Campus Contact- Allowed beginning the Sunday following the last Saturday in November.  A college coach may contact you or your parents/legal guardians (including evaluating you off the college's campus) six times.  One evaluation during September, October, and November.  Two evaluations from April 15 through May 31 (once to evaluate athletic ability and once to evaluate academic qualifications).
  • Official Visits- Allowed beginning the opening day of your senior year.  You may make only one official visit per college and up to a maximum of five official visits to Division I colleges.  There is no limit to official visits to Division II colleges.
  • Evaluation and Contacts- Up to six times during your senior year.  Unlimited number of contacts and evaluation the day after you sign a National Letter of Intent, written offer of admission and/or financial aid, or the day after the college receives a financial deposit from you.

Division II

  • Recruiting Materials- A coach may begin sending you printed recruiting materials June 15 before your junior year in high school.
  • Telephone Calls- You may make calls to the coach at your expense.  No limit on number of calls by college coach beginning June 15 before your junior year.  
  • Off-Campus Contact- A college coach may have unlimited contact with you or your parents/legal guardians off the college's campus beginning June 15 before your junior year.
  • Unofficial Visits- You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits any time.
  • Official Visits- You may make official visits starting the opening day of classes your senior year.  You may make only one official visit per college and up to a maximum of of five official visits to Division I colleges.  There is no limit to official visits to Division II colleges.

Division III

  • Recruiting Materials- You may receive printed materials any time.
  • Telephone Calls- You may make calls to the coach at your expense.  No limit on number of calls or when they can be made by the college coach.
  • Off-Campus Contact- A college coach may begin to have contact with you and your parents/legal guardians off the college's campus after your junior year.
  • Unofficial Visits- You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits any time.
  • Official Visits- You may make official visits starting the opening day of classes your senior year.  You may make only one official visit per college.

Courtesy of NCAA Eligibility Center