What is an official visit?

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Since many athlete are being offered opportunities to visit campuses I thought it good to share about official visits. First, and foremost, coaches frequently reserve official visits to make offers. However, the official visit often follows one or more unofficial visits.

Recruiting is a process. So, don’t be discouraged if a coach does not offer an official visit right away.  That is part of the process. My advice is that too many student-athletes and parents make negative assumptions so keep a clear mind and a positive attitude.  Relax, just keep in mind that process takes time, and try to enjoy the process.

Next, an official visit is any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents that is paid for by the college. Conversely, campus visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents is an unofficial visit.

Most importantly, only Senior student-athletes are permitted official visits! During the Senior year student-athletes are allowed up to 5 official visits for D1 and D2 schools. However, only 1 official visit per school is allowed. For D3 and NAIA schools there are no limit to official visits a student-athlete can take. However, similar to D1 and D2 regulations, only 1 official visit per school is allowed.

Leave questions about official visits in the comments section below. Or feel free to message me on Twitter @michaelwoosley or email questions to me at mwoosley@csaprepstar.com.

Finally, I would love to hear from athletes attending official or unofficial visits. Tag me @michaelwoosley with any posts. I will gladly share your good news.




Coach Mike oversees the the recruiting of talented next-level athletes to develop a recruiting strategy to get seen, scouted and recruited. A former college athlete himself, Mike now coaches families through the academic, athletic and financial aspects of college recruiting.  




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