Signings LOI at civilian school for football

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  1. Jaknjas

    Jaknjas New Member

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    My DS is still waiting for BFE or TWE. Considering it is so late, he really needs to firm up his plan B, which is to accept one of several offers to play football for one of several civilian colleges/ universities. Does anybody know if he signs an LOI on April 1st ,final national signing day, and then receives a BFE, what the commitment level would be to civilian schools? Meaning, could he "de-commit"?
     
  2. pknguyen44

    pknguyen44 USNA '13, NAPS '09

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    I believe it's ok to do so since service academies don't participate in the National Letter of Intent program.

    http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/national-letter-intent

    "If a student-athlete signs an NLI with one school but opts to attend a different school in the NLI program, he or she will lose one full year of eligibility and must sit out of competition at his or her new school for a full academic year. There is no penalty if the student-athlete chooses to attend a school that is not in the NLI program."
     
  3. alaska66

    alaska66 CGA Admissions Partner

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    While you don't incur a penalty if you de-commit and attend a school that is not in the NLI program (Ivy League, service academies, DIII), you would still have to ask for a release from the program you signed the NLI. If they refuse, you would have to appeal.
    http://www.nationalletter.org/frequentlyAskedQuestions/askingForARelease.html

    You might confirm that the institution is actually a member of the National Letter of Intent program. Not all schools are, and sometimes a "signing" is ceremonial, or comes with it's own binding specifics contained in the signing document.
     
  4. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Moderator

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    Agree many technicalities. Might even be something to have expressly written in the LOI. I had LOIs with all kinds of stuff in them from other schools. To get the answer might want to contact the NCAA. A school offering the LOI might not give you the best answer or keep your best interests in mind.
     
  5. Jaknjas

    Jaknjas New Member

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    Thank you to all responses! This is so stressful waiting for BFE and really does not want to commit anywhere, on paper or in his heart, until he knows, for sure, if his future will be at USNA. I fear with all the angst of waiting that he will "miss" some fine print especially with coaches sweet talking him! Still hoping for that BFE before he has to decide for sure!
     

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