Recruiting

Recruiting Calendar

Important Dates & Deadlines

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Athlete Responsibilities

Athletes expectations on and off the field

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 Classifications of College Football

  1. NCAA Division I   ( Football Bowl Subdivision – FBS )
  2. NCAA Division I   ( Football Championship Subdivision – FCS )
  3. NCAA Division I-AA Non-Scholarship
  4. NCAA Division II
  5. NCAA Division III
  6. NAIA
  7. Junior College
  8. Post-Graduate Prep School

Explanation of Classification

NCAA Division I (FBS) :   120 members   ( Ohio State / Kent State )

  • only “full” grant-in-aid scholarships   ( maximum: 25 per year / 85 total )
  • follows the included recruiting calendar with signing date
  • must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • need 32 semesters of NCAA approved core courses with minimum 2.0 gpa
  • need a minimum ACT / SAT score using the included sliding scale
  • top prospects will be offered official visits
  • very competitive and difficult to have this opportunity

NCAA Division I (FCS) :   89 members   ( Youngstown State / Lafayette )

  • 63 full scholarship equivalencies to divide at their discretion
  • follows the included recruiting calendar with signing date
  • must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • need 32 semesters of NCAA approved core courses with minimum 2.0 gpa
  • need a minimum ACT / SAT score using the included sliding scale
  • top prospects will be offered official visits
  • complete all forms applying for financial aid

NCAA Division I-AA Non-Scholarship :   36 members   ( Dayton / Harvard )

  • no scholarships or financial aid based on football ability
  • follows a later recruiting calendar
  • must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • need 32 semesters of NCAA approved core courses with minimum 2.0 gpa
  • need a minimum ACT / SAT score using the included sliding scale
  • top prospects will be offered official visits
  • complete all forms applying for financial aid

 NCAA Division II :   158 members   ( Walsh / Ashland )

  • 36 full scholarship equivalencies to divide at their discretion
  • follows a similar recruiting calendar and often signs later than Division I
  • must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • need 32 semesters of NCAA approved core courses with minimum 2.0 gpa
  • need a minimum ACT score of 68 points or SAT score of 820
  • can conduct a physical workout when on official visit to campus
  • complete all forms applying for financial aid
  • NCAA Division III :   234 members   ( Mount Union / Baldwin Wallace )
  • no scholarships or financial aid based on football ability
  • follows a later recruiting calendar with no signing date
  • do not need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • individual schools will determine admission standards
  • individual schools will comprise financial aid packages
  • will generally offer unofficial campus visits
  • complete all forms applying for financial aid

NAIA :   89 members   ( St. Francis, IN )

  • 24 full scholarship equivalencies to divide at their discretion
  • follows a later recruiting calendar with a non-binding signing date
  • overall 2.0 gpa ; ACT (18) or SAT (860) ; top 50% of class – need 2 of 3
  • individual schools will comprise financial aid packages
  • can conduct a physical workout when on official visit to campus
  • complete all forms applying for financial aid

Junior College :   145 members   ( Erie Community College / Iowa Western )

  • very limited scholarships and financial aid available
  • alternative if you fail to qualify academically for a 4-year university
  • your eligibility clock starts when you enroll ( 5 years to play 4 )
  • non-qualifier must complete degree before enrolling at a 4-year university
  • no guarantee of being recruited by a 4-year university
  • complete all forms applying for financial aid

 Post-Graduate Prep School :   ( Fork Union Military Academy / Kiski Prep )

  • very limited scholarships and financial aid available
  • provides a year to mature academically and/or athletically
  • can become an academic qualifier during this time
  • college eligibility is not expended during this year
  • no guarantee of being recruited by a 4-year university
  • complete all forms applying for financial aid

 WALK-ON OPPORTUNITY

  • Joining a scholarship football program at your own expense
  • very competitive due to squad limitations
  • generally highly recruited to be a walk-on
  • can receive no financial aid based on football ability
  • must meet all academic qualifications of the school’s classification
  • can earn scholarship aid based on performance and contribution
  • it’s not “how” you get there, but “what” you do “when” you get there