football recruiting, basketball recruiting, scholarship ebook


    Recruiting-101 E-Book of the Month
More On Recruiting


The football recruiting dead period is here

Posted by .

Recruiting dead period is here, football recruiting, basketball recruiting, scholarshipsFor college football coaches across the country, there is a great deal of time spend on the athletic recruiting process. It is never an easy journey, especially during the fall when coaches are trying to worry about their current teams and potential future players. But these coaches will get a much deserved holiday break because of what is called the recruiting dead period.

The recruiting dead period surrounds Christmas and the New Year’s Holiday in regards to prospective high school athletes. During the period of December 16th until January 4th, college coaches can only call each prospect one time per week. While these coaches will still be calling pretty often, that one call is NCAA mandated and you are not allowed to call at any other time.

Other things that may not occur during the recruiting dead period include official visits, unofficial visits, evaluations, visits to high schools, or even speeches at banquets. Because the college coaches are so limited in what they can do, the NCAA does do them and their families a favor over the holiday season. It will also allow the college coaches to recharge their battery for a vital month of the recruiting process.

This differs from the contact period, which just ended, because coaches are allowed to make unlimited calls to prospects, visits high schools, and do further evaluation. The recruiting process is basically put on hold for two weeks over the break. While this may be a good time for recruits to visit schools, it is a better time for the coaches to focus on bowl practices or their family.

Here is what the NCAA says about the dead period: “A dead period is that period of time when it is not permissible to make in person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the member’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution’s campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospect student athlete during a dead period is prohibited, except by prospective student athlete who visits an institution as part of a group.”

The information above does apply to the Division I level for football but is similar in a number of other sports and levels of play as well.

Leave a Comment

If you would like to make a comment, please fill out the form below.

Name (required)

Email (required)



5 Comments so far
  1. Kelly April 14, 2008

    The football evaluation period starts tomorrow. The coaches will be visiting schools regardless… But if they’re inquiring about a particular player(s) how can one guage their level interest based on their actions during the visit?

  2. admin April 15, 2008

    Unless they offer a scholarship, it is hard to gauge the interest from college coaches. They will all say the same things like keep working hard, keep your grades up, and come to our camp.

  3. Jim Lundy December 16, 2008

    You have a great site here, very informative. My son just finished up his Sr. football season here in the Houston, Tx area and has been called 3 times over the last few weeks by a DII school in New Mexico. I have sent them hi-lite of his Jr and Sr seasons as well as a complete game from each season. The last call today they want him to come out for an official visit. Since we are taking as serious any and all offers from any college my son will make this visit. My question is does the school pay for only my son to come out or will they pay for at least one parent as well? I couldn’t find any information pertaining to this and wouyld greatly appreciate any light you can shed on this as far what a college will pay for on an official visit.


  4. admin December 18, 2008

    The school does not pay for you as a parent/guardian to travel. However, if you are driving to the school, they will pay for your mileage from city to city. Also, the family normally stays in the same hotel room as well. Basically if you are driving, they don’t officially pay for you but they do. If you are flying, you have to cover your own flight.

  5. Mark Kent December 29, 2008

    I have created a web-link for my son. I am interested in any feedback you may have.