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College Football Prospect Timeline

Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2007 by Coach Falco

College Football Prospect Student-Athlete Timeline


The timeline below lists major milestones in a student's academic and athletic career towards graduation and NCAA freshman eligibility.

Freshman Year

Meet with a school counselor and map out your courses for your high school career. Let your counselor know that you're interested in playing football in college and that you want to meet requirements of the NCAA Clearinghouse.


Obtain a list of your high school’s list of NCAA approved core courses. The list may be obtained from your counselor or from the NCAA website at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net


Attend your first NATS Test the summer after your freshman year to provide you and your coaches with baseline information on your current athletic ability. Use this information to assess your strengths and weaknesses and compare yourself to other athletes your age.


Begin using your NATS Core Course Calculator to track your progress towards NCAA eligibility. Enter your courses and grades from your freshman year to get your core course GPA and list of core courses you've completed and still need to complete.

Sophomore Year

Continue monitoring your progress towards the completion of your core courses by updating your NATS Core Course Calculator after each semester.


Attend your second NATS Test in the summer following your sophomore year. Use this test to track your progress since your freshman year. If you still aren't where you want to be athletically you'll be able to identify your weaknesses and still have another year to train before your final testing opportunity.


Begin to research college costs and the different financial aid options including scholarships, loans and grants.


Volunteer in your community and get involved in non-sports activities at school that interest you.

Junior Year

Continue monitoring your progress towards the completion of your core courses by updating your NATS Core Course Calculator after each semester.


Take the PSAT/NMSQT during the Fall semester. For registration, test dates and other information go to www.collegeboard.com.


Take the SAT test during the Spring semester.


Register for the NCAA Clearinghouse at the conclusion of your junior year. You may register online at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.


Attend an NATS Test for the final time the summer after your junior year. This is your final opportunity to impress college coaches and, as a rising senior, this is the test college coaches will focus on most to determine your prospect status. After two years of training and preparation you should now be ready to perform at your best level.


Visit websites or request brochures from colleges you are interested in attending to learn more about each school.

Senior Year

If necessary, take the October/November SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests.


Begin preparing your college applications in November. Applications are usually due by the end of December or early January.


Continue monitoring your progress towards the completion of your core courses by updating your NATS Core Course Calculator after each semester.


If necessary, take the December or January SAT tests.


After January 1 submit The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the financial aid application form you will need to apply for federal and state student grants, work-study, and loans. For more information visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/


Take official visits to colleges recruiting you that you are interested in attending.



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