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Recruiting FAQs

Q: What is the “Riley Nelson Rule?”

A: If an athlete signs a National Letter of Intent and enrolls at a school, NCAA rules prohibit another school from contacting the athlete in the mission field without the original school’s permission (

Q: Is there a limit to how many scholarship athletes a school can sign to NLIs?

A: Yes. A school can accept a maximum of 25 National Letters of Intent per signing period ( and is allowed a maximum of 25 new scholarship athletes per academic year (

Q: Can an athlete on scholarship for another sport join the football team and not count against the scholarship limit?

A: No. A participant in football and any other sport will be counted against the football scholarship total (

Source:  2014-15 NCAA Division I Manual

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