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Unsigned Seniors: It is NOT Too Late to Get Recruited with Help

National Signing Day 2020 may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for unsigned seniors to get recruited. While you may be struggling to find open roster spots on your own, NCSA works with college coaches across the country to match unsigned seniors with programs that still have roster availability. If you’re not part of the NCSA network yet, it’s not too late to join and get recruited.

NCSA’s “Top Unsigned 2020 Seniors” list

College coaches at every level are still actively searching NCSA’s database to fill their last-chance roster spots. Over the past year, college coaches have posted 24,546 roster openings and searched for 2020 graduates over 27,000,000 times.

NCSA is preparing to send over 35,000 college coaches a list of top unsigned seniors that potentially match their roster needs. In our commitment to helping student-athletes get recruited, we invite you to have your name added to this list.

Join NCSA today for 30% off all of our premium memberships with code 2020GRAD and we’ll not only add you to this list, but we’ll actively help you discover opportunities to compete in college that are almost impossible to find without connections.

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When do college coaches stop recruiting?

Is senior year too late to get recruited? The short answer is no. While many college coaches have no problem filling their roster during the fall months, recruiting doesn’t always go as planned. Some college coaches are left with open roster spots that they must continue to recruit for through the summer. Here are the main reasons why college coaches may find themselves rushing to fill last-minute roster openings.

  1. Some programs simple aren’t done fill their upcoming rookie class. Despite their efforts, the recruiting process is competitive and college coaches aren’t able to convince every athlete they recruiting to commit to their program.
  2. Committing to a college is a big decision and sometimes athletes change their minds. When an athlete decommits, it leaves college coaches scrambling to fill the open spot.
  3. In some cases, current roster holders transfer to play for another program, whether it be for athletic, academic or financial reasons. This creates a last-minute opportunity for a recruit to earn a roster spot.
  4. When a program experiences a coaching change, they occasionally lose both current roster holders and committed recruits. The new coach is often faced with the challenge of filling these open roster spots. This is especially common in winter and spring sports.

Regardless of their reason for last-minute recruiting, college coaches are relying on NCSA’s Top Unsigned 2020 Seniors list to find student-athletes who match their roster needs.

What you need to know about National Signing Day and signing periods

More than 650 four-year institutions use the National Letter of Intent (NLI). Student-athletes who have been offered an athletic scholarship from one of these institutions will be asked to sign an NLI and an athletic aid agreement to accept their offer.

Even after the signing period has passed, student-athletes can still commit to a program as either a recruited or unrecruited walk-on.

Below are the 2019-2020 signing dates:

Sports(s) Initial Signing Date Final Signing Date
Division I Basketball (Early Period) November 13, 2019 November 20, 2019
Division I Basketball (Regular Period) December 18, 2019 December 20, 2019
Division I Football (Early Period) April 15, 2020 May 20, 2020
Division I and II Football (Midyear JC Transfer) December 18, 2019 January 15, 2020
Division I and II Football (Regular Period) February 5, 2020

Division I: April 1, 2020

Division II: August 1, 2020

All Other Division I and II Sports November 13, 2019 August 1, 2020
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