Do YOU Know the Football 2018 – 2019 Recruiting Calendar Timeline?

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February 9, 2018 through April 14, 2018 — “Quiet Period – The NCAA definition: “a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools” “Note -The quiet period only applies to NCAA DI and DII coaches. Coaches at DIII or NAIA schools can watch a recruit in person whenever they would like.”

“Junior Day Visits” – unofficial visits: The most common thing happening during quiet periods is to see athletes making unofficial visits. Because coaches can’t visit a recruit, many recruits take the opportunity to go to the coach, see the campus and get a tour of the facilities. Coaches and recruits are allowed to email, text and call, so it is fairly easy to arrange a visit, as long as the coach is actively recruiting you. (NCAA rules determine level of play coaches that can email, text or call based on the prospects graduation year.)


For top recruits receiving a lot of interest, it can be a nice break from coaches coming to your school and potentially your house to meet with you. Similarly, college coaches like to know there is a break in their travel schedule and they won’t be flying around to visit all of the recruits on their board.

All of that said, for the average recruit receiving little or no recruiting interest, the quiet period won’t change anything. You are still free to email, text or call coaches and you should be doing that. For non-NCAA DI/DII coaches or coaches with tight recruiting budgets, they aren’t going to be on the road everyday of the evaluation period, so “taking a break” during the quiet period isn’t really necessary.


  • D1 Football FBS and FCS – Sep 1, 2017-Nov 25, 2017; Feb 4, 2018; Feb 9, 2018-Apr 14, 2018; Jun 1, 2018-July 31, 2018

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.

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 student athlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.

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.

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.

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