Guide to College Recruiting Regulations

Top recruiting prospect Terrelle Pryor during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Photo: Darren Abate/AP

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As the level of competition increases between college recruits, so does the recruiting game. College coaches are experiencing greater pressure to land the all-star student-athletes, which in turn will improve their chances for success on the field. This makes for a motivated and determined coach to secure the best recruits possible.

The NCAA and other athletic associations set detailed standards for the rules of engagement in regard to recruiting. Their primary goal is to ensure the rights and privacy of the student-athlete, but also to level the playing field to ensure equal treatment for all.

You've done your part in taking your game to the next level and raising your exposure to coaches. Ensure your chances at the best athletic scholarship by knowing the rules of compliance for the college recruiting process.

Football Division I Guidelines

SOPHOMORE

  • Recruiting materials: Permissible to receive camps brochures and questionnaires
  • Telephone Calls: You may make unlimited calls TO coaches; Coaches cannot call or text you
  • Off-campus contact: No off-campus visits with coaches
  • Official visits: No official visits to schools until senior year
  • Unofficial visits: Unlimited unofficial visits to schools

JUNIOR

  • Recruiting materials: Sept 1 of junior year: You may begin receiving recruiting materials
  • Telephone Calls: April 15 – May 31: Coaches may call you once during this time period; you may make unlimited calls TO coaches
  • Off-campus contact: No off-campus visits with coaches
  • Official visits: No official visits to schools until senior year
  • Unofficial visits: Unlimited unofficial visits to schools are allowed

SENIOR

  • Recruiting materials: Recruiting materials are allowed
  • Telephone calls: Sept. 1: Coaches may begin to call you once per week; no text messages; you may make unlimited calls TO coaches
  • Off-campus contact: Nov. 25: Off-campus contact allowed; six contacts maximum
  • Official visits: Official visits paid for by schools allowed following first day of classes; one official visit allowed per school; maximum of five official visits to DI and DII colleges
  • Unofficial visits: Unlimited unofficial visits to schools are allowed
  • Evaluations and contacts: Up to six evaluations and contacts during senior year adhering to strict calendar dates of quiet, dead, evaluation and contact periods; limit to three evaluations during academic year
  • Off-campus evaluation: One off-campus evaluation allowed during September, October and November
  • Off-campus visits by coaches: No more than six


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