Prospects and Coaches of Prospects
A prospective student-athlete ("prospect") is any student that has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student of any age will be considered a prospect if the institution provides benefits to the student that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally.
A recruiting contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect (or the prospect's parent/guardian) and a Utah staff member or booster during which any dialogue occurs in excess of a greeting.
A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect until the start of classes or official team practice at Utah. Signing a National Letter of Intent does not remove the status of "prospect."
Involvement by Boosters
Only University of Utah coaches and staff members can be involved in the recruiting process. There may be no communication of any kind (e.g. letter, phone calls, e-mails, or face-to-face contact) between boosters and prospects, or their families, for the purpose of encouraging the prospect to participate in the University of Utah athletics program. In addition, boosters may not contact or otherwise communicate with the prospect's coach, principal, or counselor for the purpose of evaluating the prospect, nor may they pick up films or transcripts from the prospect's school.
A booster may continue to have contact with a prospect if an established relationship between the booster and the prospect already exists. He or she may not, however, take advantage of these relationships for recruiting purposes.
A booster may have a phone conversation with a prospect only if the prospect initiates the call. A University staff member may not prearrange the telephone call and the discussion should be limited to the University in general. All athletically related questions must be referred to the Athletics Department.
An impermissible contact or communication, even if unintentional, could subject the University of Utah to NCAA-imposed penalties. Prospects could lose eligibility for competition at the University of Utah because of a recruiting violation caused by a booster.
It is permissible for a booster to attend a prospect's game on his or her own initiative as long as no contact with the prospect or the prospect's parents/guardians occurs. You are encouraged to share information about promising student-athletes with Utah coaches.