NCAA Division 1 FBS Football Recruiting Rules


NCAA Division 1 FBS Football Recruiting Rules

It is important for potential prospects to know the the NCAA Division 1 FBS Football Recruiting Rules.  Athletes and coaches have certain restrictions when it comes to college football recruiting.  Ensure your eligibility by following the NCAA recruiting rules.

As a Sophomore in high school

Recruiting Tactic As a Sophomore
Recruiting Material You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires, nonathletic institutional publications, and NCAA educational material published by the NCAA only.
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
Coach cannot call you
Electronic Correspondence (i.e. texts, IM, email.) Not Permitted *athletes are allowed to initiate*
Off-Campus Contact Not Permitted
Official Visits Not Permitted
Unofficial Visits Unlimited – except during dead periods.

As a Junior in High School

Recruiting Tactic As a Junior
Recruiting Material You can begin to receive recruiting material and information from the coach starting September 1st
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
College coach can call you once between April 15 and May 31.
Electronic Correspondence (i.e. texts, IM, email.) All forms of electronic correspondence allowed starting September 1st of Junior Year
Off-Campus Contact Not Permitted
Official Visits Allowed April 1 of your junior year through the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June, provided the official visit is not in conjunction with participation in an institutional camp or clinic.
Unofficial Visits Unlimited – except during dead periods.

As a Senior in High School

Recruiting Tactic As a Senior
Recruiting Material You can receive material and information from the coach
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
Coach can call once per week starting September 1st.
During contact periods college coaches can call unlimited.
Electronic Correspondence (i.e. texts, IM, email.) All forms of electronic correspondence allowed starting September 1st of Junior Year
Off-Campus Contact July 1st prior to senior year (limited to contact periods).
Official Visits You can start official visits on the opening day of your classes.
You get one per college and a maximum of 5 visits to D1 schools and unlimited to D2, D3 and NAIA.
Unofficial visits Unlimited – except during dead periods.

Other important information

  • College coaches have 42 evaluation days to recruit you during September, October, and November of your academic senior year.
  • College coaches have 168 evaluation days to recruit you during spring evaluation period.
  • During your senior year a college coach cannot evaluate you more than 3 times, once during the fall and the other two between April 15th and May 31st.
  • Limit of 6 off-campus contacts per athlete and only one per week.
  • Head football coaches can’t recruit you between April 15th and May 31st.
  • During a contact period college coaches can make only one visit per week to your high school.

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