Academy officials explain National Letter of Intent signings

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Due to the U.S. Air Force Academy appointment process, names of recruited student-athletes will not be released until they arrive on campus this summer. 

Many high school student-athletes will participate in signing days and appear to sign a National Letter of Intent with the Academy, but they are actually signing a Certificate of Intent, which is a non-binding agreement that signifies an athlete's commitment to follow through with the appointment process and allows them to participate in signing day for publicity purposes. 

The Academy is a nonscholarship institution and doesn't use the National Letter of Intent, as most civilian schools do.

Air Force coaches and administrators are not allowed to comment about recruits due to the Privacy Act, therefore head football coach Troy Calhoun and other coaches are not available to discuss any specifics about recruits.

"Our recruiting process was very thorough and comprehensive," Coach Calhoun said. "We were very selective and pinpointed some key guys and spent a great deal of time with them. Leadership is the most vital thing we are looking for. We looked hard to find young people that we feel will become great leaders for our Air Force. We want to find guys that are going to fit in and excel here."

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