Role in Recruiting

As a fan and/or booster of LSU you are prohibited from any involvement in recruiting prospective student-athletes.  The only individuals who are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process are LSU coaches and athletics department staff members.  If a fan and/or booster is involved in the recruiting process, LSU may be subject to NCAA penalties.  

What exactly does that mean?

Fans and boosters may not make contact with LSU prospects or their relatives, coaches, teachers or school administrators for the purpose of recruiting. Boosters may only speak with prospects (or their families) if it is unavoidable, incidental contact, and the discussion does not include anything related to LSU Athletics.

Reminder: A prospect remains a prospect even after he/she signs a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or financial aid agreement to attend LSU. The prospect does not lose his/her prospect status until the start of classes at LSU or the beginning of official team practice prior to the start of classes (whichever occurs earliest), at which time they become an enrolled student-athlete.

NCAA Bylaws  The following are restrictions that apply to athletics representatives (i.e., boosters): 

(a) Telephone Conversation. An athletics representative of a member institution may speak to a prospective student-athlete via the telephone only if the prospective student-athlete initiates the telephone conversation and the call is not for recruiting purposes. Under such circumstances, the representative must refer questions about the institution's athletics program to the athletics department staff;

(b) Observing Prospective Student-Athlete's Contest. An athletics representative may view a prospective student-athlete's athletics contest on his or her own initiative, subject to the understanding that the athletics representative may not contact the prospective student-athlete on such occasions;

(c) Evaluation of Prospective Student-Athlete. An athletics representative may not contact a prospective student-athlete's coach, principal or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospective student-athlete; and

(d) Visiting Prospective Student-Athlete's Institution. An athletics representative may not visit a prospective student-athlete's educational institution to pick up film/videotape or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of the prospective student-athlete's academic eligibility or athletics ability.