A prospective student-athlete is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. Recruiting has occurred whenever a member of Alabama athletics staff, or an athletics representative of our programs encourages a prospect to enroll at Alabama and ultimately compete in an athletic program.
Letters and Phone Calls
A prospect may receive written correspondence (this includes e-mail) from the Alabama staff at the start of classes for their junior year in high school. Telephone calls from a member of the Alabama staff may not start until July 1 after the completion of the prospect's junior year in high school (in sports other than football and basketball).
In the sport of football, one telephone call to a prospect (or a prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s) may occur during the period between April 15th and May 31st of the prospect's junior year in high school. Additional telephone calls to the prospect or the prospect's relatives or legal guardians) may not be made prior to September 1 of the beginning of the prospect's senior year in high school; thereafter, such telephone contact is limited to once per week outside of a contact period. During a contact period, such telephone contact may be made at the institution's discretion.
In the sport of men's basketball, a coach may call a prospect once per month on or after June 15 following the prospect's sophomore year in high school through July 31 following the prospect's junior year in high school. Beginning August 1 prior to the prospect's senior year in high school, a coach may call a prospect twice per week. Two-year college prospects may be called once per week. During the month of July, a coach is prohibited from any type of communication with a prospective student-athlete if he is participating in a summer basketball event. The coach may communicate with the prospective student-athlete after he has returned home from the event.
During the contact period, Alabama staff members may evaluate (observe) and have in-person, off-campus contact prospective student-athletes. This includes visiting prospects at their homes, schools or other off campus sites. In sports other than football, Alabama may contact a prospect no more than three times at any off campus site. In the sport of football, Alabama is limited to six in-person, off campus recruiting contacts with a prospect at any site. However, a member of the Alabama football staff may not contact a prospect more than once per week, and may not visit any one high school more than once per week.
During an evaluation period, Alabama coaching staff members may assess the academic qualifications and athletics ability of a prospective student-athlete away from Alabama's campus. In person, off campus recruiting contacts are not permitted during the evaluation period. The coach may speak with counselors and high school coaches, but may not speak with prospective student-athletes. In all sports other than Division I football and basketball, Alabama is limited to seven recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations combined) during the academic year, with no more than three contacts with each prospect. Alabama football staff members are limited to two evaluations during the academic year; one in the fall, and one during the period between April 15th and May 31st. In women's basketball, Alabama has seven recruiting opportunities per prospect.
During a quiet period, Alabama staff members are permitted to make in-person contacts with prospective student-athletes only on Alabama's campus. Off campus contacts and evaluations are not permitted during a quiet period.
During a dead period, it is not permissible for anyone associated with Alabama to have in-person contact or evaluate prospects in-person on or off our campus. It remains permissible for a coach to write or call a prospect during a dead period. If you accidentally run into a coach during a dead period, please do not think he/she is rude when they can't say more than hello. They are merely following the NCAA rules that apply to dead periods.
National Letter of Intent
The University of Alabama is a member of the National Letter of Intent Program, which is administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA). The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is an agreement among those schools that once a prospect accepts an offer of athletic/assistance/financial-aid to attend a NCAA school, other NCAA schools will recognize the offer and cease to recruit the prospect.
Once a prospect has signed a NLI, the prospect has then committed him/herself to Alabama as long as they are accepted for admission and meet NCAA requirements. Alabama also commits an athletic scholarship to the prospective student-athlete.
The NLI is only an agreement of a scholarship from Alabama to the prospect for one year. It is not an offer of admission to Alabama. The sole decision maker concerning admission is the Alabama Office of Admissions. Prospects should become familiar with the procedures of the NLI before signing.
For example, restrictions exist as to when you may sign a NLI. For further information regarding the NLI ask the Alabama staff that is recruiting you.