Recruiting Issues

Old shirt, new shirt, red shirt, blue shirt??

Rick Allen explains how college athletic teams assign high school and college athletes designations such as “red shirt athlete,” “gray shirt athlete,” “green shirt athlete,” and “blue shirt athlete” as part of their recruiting and eligibility strategy. Understanding what these terms mean and understanding how they are used is especially beneficial to high school athletes who are being actively recruited.

Recruiting Calls Now Permissible!

This is an exciting time for many 2015 HS grads (and their loved ones) because July 1 is the date when they can begin receiving recruiting phone calls from NCAA Division I coaches in most sports. This is also the date when those same HS grads and their families can receive face-to-face contact from coaches […]

Division II Recruiting Rule Changes

If you are a parent of a high school student-athlete who is entering their junior year of high school this Fall (2016 graduating class), there are new NCAA Division II recruiting rules that take effect June 15th!   The rules are listed below. I’ve also created a FREE Q&A Division II Recruiting Rules Info Sheet […]

What you should do if you don’t sign an NLI

The National Letter of Intent Signing Day for many sports was Wednesday, February 5th.  I’d like to congratulate those of you who have the opportunity to sign with the school of your choice.  I know all of you (and your parents) have put in a lot of time, money, and effort to have this dream […]

National Letter of Intent Reminders

Congratulations to those prospects who have committed to a school and will have the opportunity to sign a National Letter of Intent with their NCAA Division I or II future school during the upcoming signing period.  Here are some NLI general reminders and points to keep in mind: Signing the National Letter of Intent commits the […]

College Recruiting – The Importance of July 1st

Rick Allen, Co-Founder of Informed Athlete

For high school athletes in many sports who are upcoming seniors, July 1 is an important date.  July 1 is the date when it is permissible for coaches in most NCAA Division I sports to begin to have off-campus face-to-face contact with high school recruits who will be entering their senior year.  July 1 is […]

Junior College Letter of Intent

January 15th is the first day that athletes in selected sports can sign a Letter of Intent Scholarship Agreement with a junior college.  Those sports are baseball, men’s & women’s golf, ice hockey, softball and men’s & women’s tennis. The National Letter of Intent and the NJCAA Letter of Intent/Scholarship agreement are separate documents, so […]

Commitments & Signings Getting Out of Hand?

Last week, Seantrel Henderson, one of the top football recruits in the country, flew from his home in Minneapolis to New York to announce his college commitment (University of Southern California) live on the CBS College Sports Network’s National Signing Day special. That same day, other elite recruits announced their college choices on ESPNU. Then, […]

Recent Coaches Controversies

If you are a fan of college football, you have probably heard of the recent controversies at the University of Kansas and Texas Tech University, as well as at South Florida. At each of those schools, the head coach was fired for alleged mistreatment of players.  One coach allegedly made inappropriate remarks about players families […]

Campus Visits 101

One of the most important decisions that a college athlete recruit will make is which college scholarship offer to accept.  The best way to learn about a college or university and the baseball program, that you are interested in or that that is recruiting you, is to visit campus.  From the standpoint of NCAA rules, […]

Summer Camps – An opportunity to be seen!

Summer is a very important time in the recruitment of high school athletes by college coaches. Participation on summer teams, in summer individual competition, or in summer camps and clinics are an opportunity to be seen by college coaches as you are participating in your sport. This has become more evident over just the past […]

College Recruiting – Why doesn’t the coach call me back?

“Stressed Athlete” recently sent me this question: “I called and left a message for a college coach asking him to call me back because I have some questions about their program, but he has not returned my phone call. Does this mean they are not interested in me?” Answer: If the coach has already called […]

NCAA redefines “Prospect” in Mens’ Basketball

At the NCAA Convention in January, the Legislative Council approved a proposal to define 7th and 8th grade boys basketball players as “prospects.” This means that the NCAA rules that regulated the interaction between a Division I men’s basketball coach and high school age basketball players now also apply to 7th and 8th grade players. […]