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Scholarship for Athletes was founded due to the lack of education being provided to high school athletes and their families about the recruiting process. The student athletes are on a job interview and the coaches are hiring. This process is all about building relationships and the sooner that a student athletes starts, the better off they’ll be.

“If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all the truly successful people I’ve met over a lifetime, I’d say it’s the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.”
–Harvey Mackay

This timeline shows what student-athletes need to be doing in order to find the best school for them.


      • Visit local universities to get a feel for the environment and culture
      • Attend local college sporting events
      • Talk to friends who play college sports and ask questions


      • Begin to determine your school criteria and develop a tentative list of schools
      • Determine the right level of athletics
      • Determine what grades and test scores you need for the schools on your tentative list
      • Create the initial school list
      • Create an athletic resume
      • Email the resume to coaches on the initial school list


    • Begin studying for SAT or ACT exam
    • Attend college sporting events
    • Attend college summer camps


      • Start calling coaches on the initial school list
      • Take the SAT or ACT exam for the first time
      • Take unofficial visits
      • Get to know athletes at local universities
      • Attend college sporting events
      • Begin building relationships with coaches by updating them on your academic and athletic achievements


    • Take the SAT or ACT exam for the second time
    • Take unofficial visits
    • Watch teams you are interested in play live
    • Build relationships with athletes on teams of interest
    • Revisit the school list and make necessary changes
    • Update coaches monthly

  • Take unofficial visits
  • Watch the teams you are interested in play live
  • Learn your market value
  • Register with the NCAA clearing house
  • Send the coaches your official transcript and test scores
  • Update coaches monthly
  • Narrow down your school list to schools you want to visit in the fall

  • Setup and take your 5 official visits
  • Negotiate scholarship money
  • Determine which school is the best fit
  • Verbally commit to a university
  • Thank the coaches at the schools you visited but decided not to attend and notify them of your decision
  • Sign letter of intent

2017-2018 Guide for the College Bound Athlete presented by NCAA Publications

Signing Dates

NOTE: There is no early signing period in track and field/cross country.


Signing Dates for the 2018-2019 Academic YearDo not sign prior to 7:00 a.m. (local time) on the following
dates or after the final signing date listed for each sport.

Sport Initial Signing Date Final Signing Date
Basketball (Early Period) November 14, 2018 November 21, 2018
Football (Early Period for Division I) December 19, 2018 December 21, 2018
Football (Midyear JC Transfer) December 19, 2018 January 15, 2019
Football (Regular Period) February 6, 2019 April 1, 2019
Soccer & Men’s Water Polo February 6, 2019 April 1, 2019
All Other Sports (Early Period) November 12, 2014 November 21, 2014
All Other Sports (Regular Period) April 19, 2018 August 1, 2019
Basketball (Regular Period) April 17, 2019 Division I: May 15, 2019
Division II: August 1, 2019



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