National Letter of Intent
Signing Ceremony Solidifies Scholarships
February 7th is almost here. Soon, verbal commitments will be solidified once an athlete signs her/his National Letter of Intent. Did you know that over 45,000 prospective student-athletes sign NLIs to attend NCAA Division I or II institutions? Additionally, thousands of Division III student-athletes will make good on commitments in signing ceremonies even if not formally recognized by the NCAA.
When presented an NLI must be accompanied by an athletics aid agreement to explain scholarship award money. These terms are binding once the NLI is signed. A prospective student-athlete not receiving athletics aid does not have to sign an NLI but still have a signing ceremony. Regardless, all athletics aid agreements are must comply with NCAA rules.
Lastly, keep in mind what I shared previously about fulfilling the obligations of the NLI even if a coach leaves or gets fired. When a prospective student-athlete signs with an institution or the coach leaves, the NLI signee is still bound by the provisions of the NLI. Completing a playing season does not fulfill the NLI obligation. Instead it is required that the student-athlete complete the entire academic year at the signing institution must be completed.
Finally, seniors, as you prepare for signing day please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. I also added some links for quick research convenience.
National Letter of Intent Website
National Letter of Intent Guide
Coach Mike oversees the recruiting of talented next-level athletes by helping families develop and implement a recruiting strategy for athletes to get seen, scouted and recruited. With over 20 years of experience as a coach and, as former college athlete, Mike now mentors families through the academic, athletic and financial aspects of college recruiting.
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