Story: EVALUATION WINDOWS

The Spring period is here

There are four evaluation windows in the college football recruiting calendar.

The first window is junior game tape. Those players who have already been offered scholarships and perhaps made verbal commitments were evaluated on the basis of their junior tapes. To offer a junior player a scholarship at this early date, a college must believe that had that player been a senior last fall, he probably would have been offered and recruited then.
The second evaluation window is now here. It is the spring evaluation period. NCAA rules allow a six-week window from April 15 through May 31. Each school must select four of those six weeks and seven coaches are allowed on the road to evaluate prospects during six days of each week (excluding Sundays). Each school is allowed to view practices, off-season workouts, and talk to coaches and counselors. They are not allowed to have direct face-to-face contact with junior prospects. Each school gets to make two evaluations per prospect, one of which has to occur on the high school campus. College coaches can also utilize track meets, baseball games, or combines and camps for this second evaluation or they can come back to the high school a second time. If a player wasn’t offered a scholarship on the basis of his junior tapes, he might be during this period, if he favorably impresses the college staff.
If you are at a 3A school or smaller, or if you are at a 4A or 5A school that doesn’t have spring practice, you should communicate through email or postal mail to colleges that have been mailing you, the time of day that your athletic period occurs. Obviously it is to your advantage for a recruiter to drop by while you are on the field or in the weight room, rather than when you are sitting in English class.
The third evaluation window is summer camps and the the fourth and final window is senior game tape. Regardless of whether you have been offered a scholarship or not, you should be making plans to attend college summer camps. We’ll talk about summer camps in a subsequent article.