College Recruiting


Prospective College Student Athletes

This page serves as a resource for Mt. Vernon High School student-athletes and their families for the admission process regarding college athletics.  Please look over the information below closely, and see your guidance counselor or Mr. Ecker for more information or to answer questions.

9th Grade Year

  • Start doing research about the differences between schools in terms of: athletics, academics, location, size, public/private, & campus environment
  • Begin researching what grades/scores you need to have in order to get into certain schools.  Create solid transcripts by doing your best in school
  • Focus on team participation and individual skills
  • Be cognizant of leaders on the team and learn from their leadership skills
  • Determine how your sport works in regards to off-season or summer opportunities (i.e. club soccer, AAU basketball)

10th Grade Year

  • Continue strong academic work
  • Make a list of schools that may meet your academic and social needs
  • Create a resume or player profile and send it to the coaches on your school list.  Make follow up phone calls to the coaches to make sure they received your resume. (You can also fill out the recruit questionnaires on the college/university’s athletics page)
  • Update coaches regularly on your progress
  • Take PSAT
  • Consider going to summer camps at schools on your list

11th Grade Year

  • Continue strong academic work
  • ACT prep conducted by College Counseling Office
  • Take the ACT and/or SAT.  Update coaches with text scores
  • Talk to the coaches at each school to determine your market value.  If possible, begin taking some unofficial visits
  • Consider going to summer camps at schools on your list

Summer going into 12th Grade Year

  • Find out which schools accommodate your athletic and academic long-term goals
  • Find out what college coaches would like you to be doing during your senior year, both on and off the field/court, in order to be best prepared for college athletics

12th Grade Year

  • Continue strong academic work.  Consider retaking ACT and/or SAT
  • Set up and take your 5 official visits and unlimited unofficial visits.  Determine scholarship availabilities and amounts for each school.
  • Speak with coaches about where they see you playing if you were to attend their school.  Speak with current and former athletes at the schools that you are interested in
  • Commit!


Athletic Scholarships

Getting a full-ride scholarship is assumed to be the pinnacle for athletes pursuing athletic scholarship.  Unfortunately, there are only a few sports and division levels where this happens, as most scholarships are considered “partial.”  Head count sports are the college sports where all of the scholarships are full rides.  Head count sports are the college sports where all of the scholarships are full rides.  The rest of the college programs are known as equivalency sports and mostly offer only partial scholarships.

Head Count Sports (Full Ride Scholarships) – D1 Only.  Football, Basketball (Men’s/Women’s), Tennis, Gymnastics, and Volleyball

Equivalency Sports (Partial Scholarships) – All other NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA sports except NCAA DIII.  NCAA DIII programs do not offer athletic scholarships


NCAA Rule Definitions

Contact – a contact is classified as a face-to-face encounter between a college coach and the student athlete (or their legal guardians or relatives) where more than a greeting occurs.  Anything beyond a hello is considered a contact.

Contact Period – college coaches are allowed to have in-person contact with you or your legal guardians.  This period means coaches can watch you compete anywhere, an the coach can write and make telephone calls.

Dead Period – the college coach cannot make in-person contact with you or your legal guardians.  This prevents the coach from making any evaluations of you whatsoever.  However, the coach can make telephone calls to you or your legal guardians.

Official Visit – Any visit to a college that is paid for by that university.  You and/or your legal guardians will have your transportation to and from the college paid for.  Also paid for by the college will be your room, meals (3 per day), and entertainment expenses.  Generally you will receive three free passes to the college’s home game the weekend you are in town.

Unofficial Visit – Anytime you or your legal guardians visit a college campus that is funded by you.  You can take as many unofficial visits as you would like.  During dead periods you cannot speak to any of the coaches while visiting the campus.  Three free tickets to a home game is the only thing a coach can give you during an unofficial visit.

Quiet Period – During this time a college coach cannot watch you compete.  It is allowed for the college coach to make in-person contact with you or your legal guardians if it occurs on the coach’s campus.

FAQs about the NCAA Eligibility Center

What is the NCAA Eligibility Center? Student-athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be eligible to play NCAA Division I or II sports in college.  Athletes playing in Division III do not have to register.

What are NCAA Divisions I, II, and III? The NCAA is the governing body of many intercollegiate sports.  Each college regulated by the NCAA has established rules on eligibility, recruiting and financial aid, and falls into one of the three membership divisions (I, II, or III).  Divisions are based on college size and the scope of their athletic programs and scholarships.

When should students register? The NCAA recommends that student-athletes register at the beginning of their junior year in high school, but many students register after their junior year.  There is no registration deadline, but students must be cleared by the Eligibility Center before they receive athletic scholarships or compete at a Division I or II institution.

How do students register? Students must register only at the NCAA Eligibility Center.  They will have to enter personal information, answer questions about their course work and sport participation outside of high school.  You will also be required to pay a registration fee.


NCAA Eligibility Sheet

NCAA Eligibility Center

NAIA Eligibility