From June 1 till the beginning of the recruit's first regularly scheduled football practice. March 9, 2021-May 31, 2021 (except for the four weeks treated as part of the evaluation period) Period of evaluation: This is the time of year when college coaches are permitted to observe an athlete compete in person or to visit their school. The IAAF allows athletes to receive grants to study abroad during this period and still be eligible to win a spot on a national team.
The IAAF also states that "During this period an athlete cannot participate in any other activity than athletics." In other words, an athlete cannot attend classes or take examinations during this period.
However, there is no restriction on how an athlete trains during this period. Coaches can come to any agreement on where and with who an athlete practices during this period. If such an agreement is not reached, then the athlete must follow the regular recruiting process to determine his or her status.
For example, an athlete could sign with a club before the start of the period but during the period decide not to join the club. Or, an athlete could sign with a different club after the start of the period. Either way, the athlete would remain eligible to win a place on a national team.
There has been some discussion about whether an athlete would need to attend class or not.
Coach Willis said that sessions last 90 minutes to two hours and that players usually do this first thing in the morning before classes begin. Practice duration is around two hours, not including break breaks or pre-practice filming.
From June 1 till the beginning of the recruit's first regularly scheduled football practice. March 9, 2021-May 31, 2021 (except for the four weeks treated as part of the evaluation period) Period of evaluation: This is the time of year when college coaches are permitted to observe an athlete compete in person or to visit their school.
Football laws are slightly looser than those for Division 1: athletes can receive brochures for camps, recruiting questionnaires, NCAA documents, and non-athletic recruiting magazines at any time. After their sophomore year, athletes can begin taking official visits on June 15. These are usually split between the college and its conference rivals.
During an official visit, or "open house," a recruit has the opportunity to meet with current players, coaches, and other people involved in the admissions process. They may also have the chance to attend practice sessions and games, which is when they can see first-hand what it takes to be a student-athlete at this level. Recruits are given plenty of time during these visits to ask questions about schools and their programs. Sometimes they even get to meet with several candidates before making their decision.
Open houses are usually held in early December after the season has ended. This gives prospects time to make travel plans for the holidays while still having time left in the recruiting calendar. Some schools with large followings such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas hold them annually while others only invite high school seniors to visit once every four years. Either way, visitors get a full tour of the campus.
The number of visits that a prospect wants to take will determine how many schools can participate in the recruitment.
The early signing period for 2019 college football prospects runs from Wednesday, December 19, through Friday, December 21. The date of National Signing Day in 2019 is February 6, 2019. Some of the nation's best recruits will sign a national letter of intent to play for the school of their choosing during the early signing period. All schools have the ability to negotiate with these recruits before they can be signed by another team.
In 2018, over $100 million was pledged to players as part of national signing days. That number is expected to increase as more and more schools embrace the concept of early signing day.
Here are some other facts about early signing day:
1. Early signing day began in 2009 when 24 colleges and universities joined together to hold an early signing day. The event grew in popularity over the next few years and now takes place annually on December 14-15. A total of 85 athletes from those schools participated in the early signing day program. (ESPN)
2. In 2010, the first player entered into the National Letter of Intent database after early signing day occurred. West Virginia linebacker Martavious Newton signed with New York Jets as a preferred walk-on.
3. In 2011, early signing day led to the highest level of participation in the history of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Each prospect can be evaluated three times by coaches. They can conduct one review per recruit in the autumn and two evaluations between April 15 and May 31. Division 2 NCAA football recruiting standards are the same as they are for other sports. Football rules are somewhat more permissive than those in Division 1: for example, there is no restriction on how many years a prospect can continue to receive letters from coaches.
In fact, some players who haven't yet reached high school senior year still have an opportunity to play Division 1 football if they choose to attend junior colleges or community colleges during their recruitment process. Many top-level programs will send representatives to these locations to look at potential prospects face to face. There, they can see skills that may not be apparent in video games or online tests.
Coaches also have the option of delaying their reviews until after National Signing Day on February 3. The late evaluation allows them to keep tabs on prospects who might otherwise sign with other schools. This isn't necessary but is recommended for improving the quality of information that can be used to make decisions about recruits.
Finally, coaches can conduct one final review with prospects prior to their official visits. This would be useful if a coach wants to discuss certain issues with a prospect and/or his/her parents before they go on an official visit.