The following Class of 2017 student-athletes at Coral Reef High School that have signed National Letters of Intent:
Samantha Smith, Visual & Performing Arts, Wrestling, Lindenwood University, Belville, IL;
Montana Ligman, Visual & Performing Arts, Soccer, University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, RI;
Brent Holcombe, Agriscience, Basketball, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD;
Chloe Bedard Khalid, International Baccalaureate, Swimming, Northeastern, Boston, MA;
Abigail Chai-Onn, Visual & Performing Arts, Golf, Sienna College, Loudonville, NY;
Nicholas Korovich, Health Sciences, Baseball, Stratford College, Danville, VA. and
Natasha Dacosta, Visual & Performing Arts, Volleyball, Florida National University, Hialeah.
The NCAA manages the daily operations of the National Letter of Intent (NLI) program while the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) provides governance oversight of the program. Started in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independent institutions, the program now includes 650 Division I and Division II participating institutions.
The NLI is a voluntary program with regard to both institutions and student-athletes. No prospective student-athlete or parent is required to sign the NLI and no institution is required to join the program. The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters). The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
The penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.
An important provision of the NLI program is a recruiting prohibition applied after a prospective student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.