Under NCAA legislation, a prospective student-athlete is anyone who:
- Is in the ninth through twelfth grades of high school;
- Has not yet started the ninth grade, but has received financial assistance or other benefits from ASU;
- Is enrolled at a two-year college; or
- Is a student-athlete from a four-year college who has entered the transfer portal.
Note that while some communications, contacts, and publicity restrictions are lifted after a prospective student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with ASU, the signee remains a prospective student-athlete until he or she becomes a student-athlete.