Story: Red Shirt, Green Shirt, Gray Shirt, Blue Shirt

What do these terms mean??

College athletic teams frequently assign athletes designations such as red shirt, gray shirt, green shirt and blue shirt as part of their recruiting, eligibility and scholarship strategy. While red shirt athlete is a very familiar term in college athletics, there is a lot of confusion about what it means. Rick Allen, who is a former Compliance Director at several Division I schools, writes a blog about Recruiting Rules and related Topics for his company Informed Check out Rick's Blog at or Contact Rick at 913-766-1235 or email him at