Monthly Recruiting Tips

November Recruiting Tips

The more you know: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

  • The MEAC was first discussed in 1969, confirmed in 1970, and began competition in 1971 with its first football game.  The conference moved from Division II to Division I on June 8, 1980.
  • In 1999, the MEAC was the first conference to become NCAA sanctioned in the sport of women’s bowling, which had previously been adopted as a club sport prior to the 1996-97 school years.
  • The MEAC consists solely of historically black colleges and universities.
  • One of the most notable athletes from the MEAC Conference was former Montreal Expos, Atlanta Braves, and Cleveland Indians outfielder Marquis Grissom (Florida A&M).
  • The only team national championship for the MEAC conference belongs to Maryland Eastern Shore.  They have won the
  • Women’s Bowling national title 3 times (2008, 2011, and 2012).

Rules and Regulations


The MEAC Conference transfer rules follow NCAA regulations.


The more you know: Mountain West Conference

  • The Mountain West was conceived on May 26, 1998 and began competition in the 1999 school year.
  • The Mountain West is the newest of the conferences affiliated with the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
  • The Mountain West headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado and schools span 8 states, including Hawaii.
  • Two current member schools have competed in BCS bowl games, with Boise State winning both appearances and Hawaii losing its only appearance.
  • Two current member schools have won NCAA men’s basketball national championships, with Wyoming winning in 1943 and UNLV winning in 1990.
  • The Mountain West had 3 NFL pro-bowlers in 2013, including Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady (Boise State), Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (Boise State), and New England Patriots offensive guard Logan Mankins (Fresno State).


Rules and Regulations


3.1 Student-Athlete. The term “student-athlete” as used in this section is the same as defined by NCAA Bylaw 12.02.5.

3.2 Eligibility for Regular Season Competition and NCAA Championships. Except where this Handbook establishes additional requirements or standards, Mountain West rules governing financial aid, recruiting and transfer are consistent with those of NCAA Bylaws 13-15.

  • 3.2.1 Nonqualifiers. The provisions in this section shall apply to Mountain West and non-Mountain West Sports. (Adopted June 2002; revised November 2002 and June 2003)
    • o High School. Beginning with the 2003-04 academic year nonqualifiers as defined by the NCAA, whose first full-time collegiate enrollment occurs at a Mountain West institution, shall be permanently ineligible for practice and competition at any Mountain West institution.
    • o Two-Year College Transfers. A nonqualifier who transfers to a Mountain West institution from a two-year college shall be eligible for competition, practice and financial aid provided student-athlete meets applicable NCAA transfer and progress toward degree requirements. (Revised January 2013)
    • o Four-Year College Transfers. A nonqualifier who transfers to a Mountain West institution from a four-year college shall be eligible for competition, practice and financial aid provided the following conditions are met:
      • The student has satisfactorily completed a minimum of 48-semester or 72-quarter hours of transferable degree credit acceptable toward any baccalaureate degree program at the certifying institution;
      • The student has attended a four-year college as a full-time student for at least four semesters or six quarters (excluding summer terms);
      • The student has a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0, and
      • The student has met all applicable NCAA progress toward degree and transfer rules as well as any applicable Conference rules. (Revised November 2002)
      • Exception – International Students. A nonqualifier who transfers to a Mountain West institution after having spent at least one academic year at a foreign institution receives an exception to Rule provided the only item missing from his or her high school academic record is a standardized test score (i.e., ACT or SAT) as certified by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. All other NCAA initial eligibility requirements must be met. (Revised December 2003).
  • o Transfer – 4-2-4. A nonqualifier who attends a four-year collegiate institution, transfers to a two-year collegiate institution and then to the certifying institution shall be eligible immediately if the student-athlete meets applicable NCAA transfer and progress toward degree requirements. (Revised January 2013)
    • Transfer – 2-4-4 and 4-2-4-4. A nonqualifier who is a 2-4-4 or 4-2-4-4 transfer and who has earned an associate of arts degree prior to transfer to the MW institution meets the associate of arts degree requirement and would be eligible upon transfer to an MW institution provided the student-athlete meets all other MW and NCAA transfer and academic requirements. (Adopted April 2004).


  • o NCAA Academic Redshirts. A student-athlete who is classified as an academic redshirt in accordance with NCAA rules, shall not be subject to the MW nonqualifier rule. (Adopted January 2013)


  • o Partial Approval of NCAA Initial Eligibility Waivers. A student-athlete who is granted partial approval of an NCAA initial eligibility waiver (previously referred to as a partial qualifier) shall be permitted to compete for a Mountain West institution after all NCAA initial eligibility waiver requirements and applicable progress toward degree requirements are met. (Adopted October 2007).

3.6 Intra-Conference Transfer. A student-athlete who has received athletically-related financial aid or a student-athlete who was a varsity athletics award winner at the United States Air Force Academy, and who transfers, directly or indirectly, from one Conference institution to another shall meet the following requirements prior to being permitted to compete at the certifying institution:

  • The student-athlete shall complete an academic year in residence at the certifying institution;
  • The student-athlete shall forfeit one season of competition; and
  • The student-athlete shall not receive athletically-related financial aid during the academic year in residence.

This rule shall not apply if the student-athlete’s previous institution discontinues the student-athlete’s sport.


November is the start of the National Letter of Intent season! Especially pay attention to the early signing periods that start November 13th and end November 20th.


Initial Signing Date

Final Signing Date

Basketball (Early Period)

November 13, 2013

November 20, 2013

Basketball (Regular Period)

April 16, 2014

Division I: May 21, 2014

Division II: August 1, 2014

Football (Midyear JC Transfer)

December 18, 2013

January 15, 2014

Football (Regular Period)

February 5, 2014

April 1, 2014

Field Hockey, Soccer, Track & Field, Cross Country and Men’s Water Polo

February 5, 2014

August 1, 2014

All Other Sports (Early Period)

November 13, 2013

November 20, 2013

All Other Sports (Regular Period)

April 16, 2014

August 1, 2014


Click here to see FAQs on the NLI signing process


The deadline for schools that accept ‘Early Decision’ or ‘Early Action’ applications usually falls around November 1st or 15th.

*This process is binding if they are accepted to the school.


The time starts now to prepare families for the FAFSA process! Follow the steps below to ensure all families are ready come January 1st:

  • Create an account at and apply for a PIN
  • Have last year’s tax returns on hand and fill out the FAFSA worksheet prior to January 1st
  • Both steps will make the application process go smoothly!

Make sure families are aware money is on a first come first serve basis. Applying as early as possible will allow the family to receive the maximum amount of funding – some funding is limited and may be depleted if a family waits too long. Plus, no matter the families income everyone should apply for the FAFSA! This will ensure they are eligible for the maximum amount of aid possible and cover themselves in case an unforeseen circumstance arises with the family.


Football (Upperclassmen): Start talking to coaches about applications to their schools

Football (Underclassmen): Make sure to get footage from this past season to create your highlight video

Soccer: Sign up for ID Camps and Showcases

Basketball: Make sure to come up with a game plan to properly balance conditioning, practice and school

Baseball (Upperclassmen): Since baseball is a spring sport, don’t worry if you’re not signing during the early signing period

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Aaron Sorenson