PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE

It's very important to understand the NCAA's rules and regulations regarding recruitment of a prospective student-athlete (PSA).  Below you will find short definitions to help you know the rules.  If you have any questions, please contact the Compliance Office at (706) 867-3275.

Prospective Student-Athlete (PSA)
A student who has started classes for the ninth grade or a student, regardless of grade, who has received financial assistance or other benefits not generally available to prospective students.

Recruited Prospective Student-Athlete
A student who has been approached by a coach or representative of athletics interest about enrolling and participating in athletics. Actions that create a recruit are:

  • Providing an official visit
  • Scheduling an in-person, off-campus contact
  • Initiating or arranging telephone contact on more than on occasion
  • Issuing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or Athletics Grant-in-Aid (GIA)

Contact
Any face-to-face encounter between a PSA or his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) and coach or representative of athletics interest in excess of a greeting.

Evaluation
Any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or ability of a PSA.

Official Visit
Any visit to campus financed in whole or in part by the university.  Official visits shall not exceed 48 hours.  Official visits are prohibited prior to the opening day of classes of teh PSA's senior year.  A PSA is limited to one per university.  Before the university can host an official visit, a PSA must:

  • Submit to the university his/her PSAT, SAT, PLAN or ACT test score(s)
  • Register with the NCAA Elibility Center
  • Be placed on the university's Institutional Request List (IRL) with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Unofficial Visit
Any visit to campus made at the PSA's own expense.  The university may provide a maximum of three (3) complimentary admissions to a campus athletics event and may provide one meal in the institution's on-campus dining facility.  A PSA may make unofficial visits prior to his/her senior year in high school.

National Letter of Intent
Official document administered by the Collegiate Commissioner's Association to establish a PSA's commitment to attend a particular university.