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UM Academic Requirements & Recruiting Dates


Nov 2, 2011
In response to members asking the same questions about recruiting and eligibility..
Hope this helps and feel free to add any info or corrections..

UM Academic Requirements & Recruiting Dates

NCAA Academic Requirements
Students must graduate from High School and have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.3 in a core curriculum.
You must also achieve a minimum score on your ACT and SAT this is between 37 and 86 on the ACT and between 820 and 1010 on the SAT.
Remember that the higher your GPA, the lower ACT or SAT score is needed; this works both ways of course, the lower your GPA then the higher ACT or SAT score must be.

UM Academic Requirements
A 2.9 core and a 15 (60) means you qualified for the NCAA.
You need 17 on the act to get into Miami; you must have a minimum of a 2.5 and a 17/820 to gain entrance into the school.
If your core is a little lower and the score a little higher, you can qualify for the NCAA but not UM.
UM doesn't use the sliding scale!







Quick FAQ

When Can a College Football Coach Start Calling Recruits and How Many Times?

Phone Calls

First Permitted Phone Call to a Recruit: D1 football coaches can make one phone call to a prospect between April 15 and May 31st of his junior year.

Beginning September 1 of a prospect's senior year, college coaches can begin calling a recruit, but they are forbidden to call a single recruit more than once per week.
Coaches can make no calls to recruits during dead periods.

When Can a College Football Coach Start Sending Letters and Emails?


At any time colleges can send prospects non-athletic program information such as college summer camp brochures, news letters, recruiting questionnaires,
and educational information about their schools. However, college coaches cannot begin sending personal correspondence to a recruit until September 1[SUP]st[/SUP] of his junior year.

When Can a Prospect or Parent/Guardian Contact College Coaches

At anytime prospects and/or parent/guardian are allowed to make phone calls or send correspondence to college coaches.

Definitions(simplified)for the official NCAA definitions click the following link

What is a contact?

A contact occurs any time a college coach says more than hello during a face-to-face contact
with a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents off the college’s campus.

What is a contact period?

During a contact period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound
student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools,
and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.

What is an evaluation period?

During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete,
visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However,
a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their
parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.

What is a quiet period?

During a quiet period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound
student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools.
Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.

What is a dead period?

During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound
student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools.
Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.

What is the difference between an official visit and an unofficial visit?

Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for
by the college is an official visit. Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are unofficial visits.
During an official visit the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect,
lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, as well as
reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event.
The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an
unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event.

What is a National Letter of Intent?

A National Letter of Intent is signed by a college-bound student-athlete when the student-athlete
agrees to attend a Division I or II college or university for one academic year. Participating institutions
agree to provide financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete as long as the
student-athlete is admitted to the school and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules.
Other forms of financial aid do not guarantee the student-athlete financial aid.
The National Letter of Intent is voluntary and not required for a student-athlete to receive financial
aid or participate in sports.
Signing an National Letter of Intent ends the recruiting process since participating schools are
prohibited from recruiting student-athletes who have already signed letters with other participating schools.
A student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent may request a release from his or her
contract with the school. If a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with one school but
attends a different school, he or she will lose one full year of eligibility and must complete a full
academic year at their new school before being eligible to compete.

To learn more click here: NCAA
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Nov 2, 2011
NCAA New Rule Changes (effective Aug 1, 2013)

Unlimited Texting
One change is allowing coaches to communicate with recruits through all forms of communication as long as the conversations are private.
That means text messaging, private social media messaging and instant messaging will be allowed and unlimited.
The limit on phone calls per week -- or any communication, for that matter -- disappears.

Other proposals that passed include:

- No restrictions on which staff members contact recruits. Right now, only a head coach or assistant can call, e-mail or evaluate recruits.
In the future, non-coaching staff members will have no limits except they can't be involved in off-campus recruiting.

- The elimination of the so-called "baton rule," which has limited the number of coaches who can recruit off-campus at any one time.

- Athletes will be able to receive $300 more than the actual and necessary expenses, provided the expenses come from a permissible source.

- College athletes and recruits will be allowed to receive actual and necessary expenses for training, coaching and health
insurance from a governmental entity. This had been a rule that hurts international athletes.

Second Phase of Rules Changes
The NCAA Rules Working Group has moved on to the second phase of deregulation, as outlined by USA Today.

To read more details of the rule changes see link: Division I streamlines rulebook


Miss my dog
Dec 31, 2011
Do you have a link to the UM requirements? I'm not questioning the requirements, just would like to know the source.

In any case, this explains why a kid who says he is "fully qualified" isn't qualified for UM. I think a lot of kids and their parents get fixated on the NCAA minimum, then are surprised to learn it may not be good enough at any particular school that is recruiting them.

Great work, btw.


Nov 3, 2011
thanks. already knew that kids needed a 2.5 and an 820. people need to stop thinking that the athletic requirements are anywhere close to the requirements for the regular student. this is the same at stanford, michigan, vanderbilt, etc.
these requirements aren't that difficult and ensure that IF UM gives you a scholarship, you will be able to stay eligible. UM doesn't have a phys ed program or joke programs like big state schools and other schools to bury athletes and keep them eligible. so, might as well make sure if we sign them, we can keep them.


Feb 17, 2013
2.5 core? No sliding scale??? Stacey Coley is going to get in I bet. They use it for who they need to use it for.


Redshirt Freshman
Jan 30, 2012
If the clearing house clears them and Donna says they are in, they are in. I guarantee that after the ncaa thing and suffering through the Coker and Shannon years, she will do everything she possibly can to make sure Al gets the players he needs to win.


Nov 2, 2011
NCAA adopts new recruiting rules

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA adopted five new rules for football, dealing with recruiting and coaches' access to players during the summer.
The Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday said in a news release the rules are effective immediately.

The new rules include:
• Allowing football players to participate in eight hours per week of required weight training and conditioning.
Up to two of the eight hours can consist of film review.
• Prohibiting school staff members from attending all-star games or activities associated with those games.
• Establishing an extended dead period when no in-person recruiting can take place in December and January.
For 2013-14, Dec. 16 through Jan. 15 is now a dead period.
• Establishing a 14-day dead period in late June and early July for FBS schools.
• Allowing schools to pay for meals for up to four family members who accompany a recruit on an official visit.
In other business, the board asked the Leadership Council to study whether heavy reliance on online courses is appropriate for student-athletes.


Nov 2, 2011
The NCAA wants to revamp some of the transfer rules so here is the link to the current rules for future reference:

NCAA Transfer Guide - 2013-14


Written permission-to-contact
Generally, if you are enrolled as a full-time student at an NCAA or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
four-year school and you want to transfer to a different NCAA school to play, your current school’s athletics director must give
written permission-to-contact to the new coach or member of the athletics staff before you or your parents can talk with one
of them. That is called having a permission-to-contact letter.

You may write to any NCAA school saying that you are interested in transferring, but the new coach must not discuss transfer
opportunities with you unless he or she has received written permission-to-contact from your current school.
If your current school does not give you written permission-to-contact, another school cannot contact you and encourage you
to transfer. This does not preclude you from transferring; however, if the new school is in Division I or II, you cannot
receive an athletics scholarship until you have attended the new school for one academic year.

Also, if your current school officials deny your request to permit another institution to contact you about transferring, they
must tell you in writing that you have a right to appeal the decision. In that instance, a panel of individuals from your current
school who are not involved in athletics will conduct a hearing to decide the issue.

One academic year in residence
How long you must spend at your new school before you can compete. Sometimes people call the year in residence "sitting out."

For your academic year in residence to count toward your eligibility to compete, you must sit out only at the school
where you intend to compete and you must be a full-time student. You cannot meet this requirement by attending the
school part time or by not being enrolled in school at all.

For a semester or quarter to count toward your one academic year in residence, you must be enrolled full time
(which is generally at least 12-credit hours) and you must be enrolled before the 12th day of class.

Full-time enrollment
Each school determines the meaning of full-time status on its own.
Typically, you are a full-time student if you are enrolled for at least 12-credit hours in a term. However, some schools
define a full-time student as someone who takes fewer than 12-credit hours in a term.

There are exceptions that may allow you to play right away, read the rules to see if an exception applies.
(see page 20) NCAA Transfer 101
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Super Star
Dec 30, 2011

You made this statement in the original post of this thread:

Dead Period — Coaches are not permitted to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off-campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by recruits or to make phone calls to recruits.

I disagree with the part that I put in bold. Are you sure they can't make calls?


Nov 2, 2011
Five new football recruiting rules were announced by the NCAA, including a new dead period for winter recruiting.
The rules will be made effective immediately and mean that no in-person recruiting can take place from
Dec. 16 through Jan. 15 -- a month-long period that occurs during bowl season.
A quick rundown of the other rules:

  • Football players can prepare for the season using weight training, conditioning and film review during an eight-week period as long as they are enrolled in summer classes. This rule was previously adopted for both men's and women's basketball.
  • School staff members can no longer attend all-star games or other such activities.
  • An additional 14-day dead period has been established from late June to early July.
  • Schools can now pay for meals for up to four family members on a recruit's official visit. Previously, schools could only pay for parents, legal guardians, spouses or children.