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Recruiting Calendar (simplified)

Last updated: December 24, 2017
NOTE: This calendar is a simplified presentation of important dates and some of the definitions involved in the recruiting process. For complete details and to see recruiting calendars for all division I and division II sports, visit the official NCAA web site by clicking the following link www.ncaa.org.
Other Important Links (click on link below to view):

NCAA FBS (Division I) Football Recruiting Calendar for Class of 2017/2018
NCAA FCS (Division IAA) Football Recruiting Calendar for Class of 2017/2018
ivision II Football Recruiting Calendar for Class of 2017/2018
2017/2018 NCAA FBS College Football Head Coaching Changes 
College Football Coaches Contact Info for all D-IA schools: address | phone | fax | email

Class of 2018 Recruting Dates 

August 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017 — Dead Period (explanation for all terms found in Definitions seciton).
September 1, 2017, through November 25, 2017 Quiet Period (except for the following periods listed under 'Exceptions'}:

Forty-two (42) evaluation days (54 for U.S. service academies) (see Bylaw during the months of September, October and November, selected at the discretion of the institution and designated in writing in the office of the director of athletics; authorized off-campus recruiters shall not visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution on more than one calendar day during this period.

November 26, 2017 through February 3, 2018—Contact Period

Six (6) in-person, off-campus contacts per prospective student-athlete shall be permitted during this time period with not more than one permitted in any one calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) or partial calendar week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Eceptions for the above listed Contact Period:
December 17, 2017—Quiet Period

NEW FOR CLASS OF 2018: NCAA FBS 72 Hour Early Signing Period

December 20, 2018 through December 22, 2018

December 18, 2017 through January 11, 2018—Dead Period
January 5 through January 7, 2018 for National Service Academies—Quiet Period
February 4, 2018—Quiet Period
February 5, 2018 through February 8, 2018—Dead Period

NCAA College Football
National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2018 is—February 7, 2018

Class of 2019 NCAA FBS Recruiting Calendar Dates

February 9, 2018 through April 14, 2018 — Quiet Period

April 15, 2018 through May 31, 2018 — Evaluation Period for Class of 2019:

One hundred sixty-eight (168) evaluation days (216 for U.S. service academies)  (excluding Memorial Day and Sundays) selected at the discretion of the member institution and designated in writing in the office of the director of athletics [as provided in (1) below]: 

(1) An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period.  If an institution’s coaching staff member conducts both an athletics and an academic evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on the same day during this evaluation period, the institution shall be charged with the use of an academic evaluation only and shall be permitted to conduct a second athletics evaluation of the prospective studentathlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.

Those days in April/May not designated above for evaluation opportunitie—Quiet Period

June 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018 — Quiet Period (except as noted below)
June 25, 2018 through July 24, 2018 — Dead Period

Note: The remaining recruiting calendar dates (for the class of 2019) are typically published by the NCAA during the summer of the recruiting cycle.

Answers to FAQ

When Can a College Football Coach Start Calling Recruits and How Many Times?

Phone Calls 

First Permitted Phone Call to a Recruit: FBS (D1 ) football coaches can make one phone call to a prospect from April 15 through May 31st of his junior year. Additional calls to the prospect and/or to his parent/guardian or relatives may not be made until September 1st of his senior year.

Beginning September 1 of a prospect's senior year, college coaches can begin calling a recruit, but they are forbidden to call a single recruit more than once per week. Coaches can make no calls to recruits during dead periods.

When Can  a College Football Coach Start Sending Letters and Emails?


At any time colleges can send prospects non-athletic program information such as college summer camp brochures, news letters, recruiting questionnaires, and educational information about their schools. However, college coaches cannot begin sending personal correspondence to a recruit until September 1st of his junior year.

When Can a Prospect or Parent/Guardian Contact College Coaches

At anytime prospects and/or parent/guardian are allowed to make phone calls or send correspondence to college coaches.

Definitions (simplified) for the official NCAA definitions click the following link to read the Official NCAA Glossary of Terms for Contact | Contact Period | Quiet period |Dead Period | Evaluation Period | Prospective student-athlete | Unofficial visit | Official visit |Verbal commitment | National Letter of Intent.

Contact Period — It's permissible for authorized athletic department staff members to make in-person and off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations. College coaches are allowed to visit recruits off–campus (at their high school or home). Coaches can make only one visit per week to individual recruits and are permitted to make one phone call per week to a recruit during this period.

Quiet Period — Recruits can visit with college coaches but only at those college campuses. Also, during the month of September, October or November coaches are permitted to make one in-person off-campus visit to a recruit (at their high schools or at an athletic event) (colleges are allowed a total of 42 days of evaluation time during this period).

Dead Period  — Coaches are not permitted to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off-campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by recruits or to make phone calls to recruits.

Evaluation Period — It's permissible for authorized athletics department staff to be involved in off-campus activities to assess academic qualifications and playing abilities. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect are permitted during these evaluations: the college coaches are only allowed to attend athletic events and/or the prospect's school and talk to the high school coaches and school administrators but they are not allowed to speak to the recuit during one of thes visits except to say "hello." Colleges are allowed a total of approximatley 168 days each year to conduct evaluations for all of their prospective recruits.

To learn more view: 
Good Football Recruiting Tips for High School to College:
Football Recruiting Process: How to Prepare and Improve Your Chances.





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