Boosters and Prospects
Who is a prospect?
A prospect is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In men's basketball, a student who has started classes for the seventh grade is considered a prospect.
What Role Can Boosters Play in Recruiting Prospects?
Fans and boosters are prohibited from any involvement in recruiting activities. Michigan coaches and athletics department staff members are the only individuals permitted to be involved in the recruiting process. Thus, a booster cannot make in-person, on- or off-campus recruiting contacts, and they cannot write or telephone prospects, their relatives, or legal guardians. Boosters may only speak with prospects (or their families) if it is unavoidable, incidental contact and the discussion does not include anything related to Michigan athletics.
If a recruit contacts a booster, the booster may speak to the prospect, however, the booster must refer all questions about Michigan Athletics to the Athletics Department staff. In addition, boosters may not contact prospects' coaches, principals or counselors in an attempt to evaluate prospects, and they cannot visit prospects' schools to pick up transcripts or films pertaining to evaluation of the prospects' academic or athletic ability.
It is impermissible for boosters to contact prospects via social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. For more information concerning rules regarding social media, click on social media on the left side of this page.
A prospect remains a prospect even after he or she signs a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or financial aid agreement to attend Michigan. The prospect does not lose his or her prospect status until the start of classes at Michigan 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.