At what age can colleges officially offer you a scholarship?

At what age can colleges officially offer you a scholarship?

Coaches can offer scholarships at any time– they are just limited on when they can begin to initiate contact, send mail, host recruits for Official Visits and more. They’ll want to see how you compete on the varsity level, especially against great competition in a starting role. Since coaches have been known to offer 8th or 9th graders, while other staffs begin conservatively offering sophomores and the more juniors and seniors. When offering underclassmen, coaches have likely determined that you can step in and compete for a starting job.

Before making an offer, college coaches are putting a lot of research into their evaluations. They are evaluating film, talking to your coaches and their sources in the area, evaluating your transcripts, and more (20 Signs a Coach is Considering You for an Offer). It takes time for them to do complete evaluations for each class and get a feel for which players they have a legitimate chance to sign.

Most coaches would rather take their time to get it right than to rush. The goal for each class is to sign the best possible players for each scholarship spot and position available.

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