Prospective Student Athletes

On this page, you'll find basic information for the Prospective Student Athlete (Recruit). You become a “prospective student-athlete” when:

  • You start ninth-grade classes; or

  • Before your ninth-grade year, a college gives you, your relatives or your friends any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not provide to students generally.


Contact- A contact occurs any time a coach has any face-to-face contact with you or your parents off the college's campus and says more than hello. A contact also occurs if a coach has any contact with you or your parents at your high school or any location where you are competing or practicing.

Evaluation- An evaluation is an activity by a coach to evaluate your academic or athletics ability. This would include visiting your high school or watching you practice or compete.

Official Visit

  • Any visit to a college campus by you and your parents paid for by the college. The college may pay the following expenses:
  • Your transportation to and from the college;
  • Room and meals (three per day) while you are visiting the college; and
  • Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest.
  • Before a college may invite you on an official visit, you will have to provide the college with a copy of your high school transcript (Division I only) and SAT, ACT or PLAN score and register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Unofficial Visit- Any visit by you and your parents/Guardians to a college campus paid for by you or your parents. The only expense you may receive from the college is three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest. You may make as many unofficial visits as you like and may take those visits at any time. The only time you cannot talk with a coach during an unofficial visit is during a dead period.

Verbal Commitment- This phrase is used to describe a college-bound student-athlete's commitment to a school before he or she signs (or is able to sign) a National Letter of Intent. A college-bound student-athlete can announce a verbal commitment at any time. While verbal commitments have become very popular for both college-bound student-athletes and coaches, this "commitment" is NOT binding on either the college-bound student-athlete or the school. Only the signing of the National Letter of Intent accompanied by a financial aid agreement is binding on both parties.

Want to Tryout?- Before the tryout, the athlete is required to undergo a medical exam by a physician. The exam will include a sickle cell solubility test unless prior results are provided to the school or the athlete declines and signs a written release (Sickle Cell Waiver Link). The exam must occur within 6 months before the tryout or an exam taken prior to practice, competition or off-season conditioning during junior or senior year that was accepted by the athlete’s school for their participation in athletics may be used to satisfy this requirement if taken during the academic year when the tryout is conducted.

Sickle Cell Trait and the Athlete- Follow the link to learn more about the dangers of this condition and provide measures to reduce the risk of exertional collapse related to sickle cell trait. Please complete this waiver prior to arriving on campus.

Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) Report

Graduation Succes Rate Report 2005-2008 Cohorts


2015-16 Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete

Prospects Guide to Official & Unofficial Recruiting Visits

NCAA Eligibility Center

National Letter of Intent (NLI)

NCAA Guide for College Bound Seniors

NCAA Guide to International Standards of Eligibility

NCAA Guide to Initial Eligibility Standards

NCAA Recruiting Guide

NCAA Recruiting Facts (PDF)

Prospective Student-Athlete Parent Guide