But what exactly is a National Letter of Intent? And what does it mean for the player who signs it, and the college who accepts it?
Simple: A National Letter of Intent is essentially an amateur sports contract—a contract that, at least in the short term, binds a player and college together.
Here are the basic facts behind the National Letter of Intent.
- A student-athlete who signs a National Letter of Intent is obligated to attend their college of choice for one academic year.
- In return, a college who accepts a player's National Letter of Intent is obligated to give the player a scholarship for one academic year, provided the player meets the conditions set forth in the NCAA rules.
- Once a player signs an NLI with a particular college, no other college may continue recruiting that player. To do so would be a violation of NCAA rules.