Scholarship Offers: 20 Signs a College Coach is Interested in Offering You

Before the Scholarship Offer, 20 Signs that a College Coach is Interested in You

Below are 20 signs that a college coach is interested in recruiting you. Depending on their interest level, their actions will vary. Remember, depending on your age, there are limits on to how coaches can recruit you and what type of contact they can have with you.


1-5 signs: Low-Mid level of interest
5-10 signs: Mid-High level of interest
10 or more signs: Coaches are highly interested in you and considering you for a scholarship

1- Sent you a questionnaire

2- Send you mail and/or emails. Handwritten letters and cards show a higher level of interest.

3- Call you. The more they call you (as allowed), the more interested they are.

4- Call your family and coaches to get to know them, and to get to know more about you.

5- Invite you to camp 

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6- Follow or friend request you on social media

7- Request film from your coaches

8- Invite you to campus for a game, Junior Day, tour, unofficial visit

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9- Encourage you to register for the NCAA Eligibility Center and to register for the ACT/SAT tests

10- Come to your school, games, practice or tournaments. The more often that they show up, the more interest they have. Best case scenario: the head coach shows up at your games! Great sign if multiple coaches from that school come to your school or games, they are cross-checking their evaluations and discussing you as a staff.

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11- Request your high school transcript

12- Ask you questions and gauge your interest in their program

13- Send you info on the specific major that you are interested in

14- Are asking around about you… Your coaches, rival coaches, teachers, principal, guidance counselors, etc. They are trying to get the full picture about you as a player, student and person from all angles.

15- Talk about setting up an official visit down the road. If they begin checking dates with you for a possible official visit, they are interested!

16- Mention making an in-home visit with you and your family down the road. If they bring up a future in-home visit, they’re interested!

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17- Tell you to watch their games and get a feel for their style of play. As they get to know you, they want you to get to know them, their philosophy and style as a team and coaching staff.

18- Ask you personal questions. When coaches are interested in your athletic ability and considering offering you, they will want to get to know you on a personal level and will ask you about hobbies, likes/dislikes, favorites, girlfriends/boyfriends, etc. They will want to get to know more about you as a person!

19- Ask you which schools have visited you and/or offered you. They will want to know who they are competing against. They will want to know more about your selection factors and how they compare with those other schools. Do they have a good shot with you?

20- If you are in town and make an unofficial visit, they will take time to take you on a campus and facility tour. If they want to show you what they have to offer about a program, they are interested! 

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A.P. Bah Bioh brings over 16 seasons of experience to 1,001 Recruit Tips, having worked for some of the best recruiters in sports, including three "National Coach of the Year" winners -- Urban Meyer, Frank Haith and Jim Larranaga -- along with 70+ NCAA coaches while at Elon University, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Florida and the University of Miami. Working primarily with football and men's basketball, Bah Bioh also spent time working with Olympic Sport coaching staffs including softball, women's lacrosse, fencing, golf, tennis and rowing. Bah Bioh has been part of numerous championships including the 2007 Florida Gator BCS National Championship; 2006 Florida Gator SEC Football Championship; the 2013 ACC Men's Basketball Championship and Sweet 16 NCAA Tourney run with the Miami Hurricanes that included both tournament and regular-season ACC titles; a 2002 UNC ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship and Final Four finish; a 2001 UNC ACC Softball championship and as a senior, was part of the 1999 Elon Football team that finished with a 9-2 record, one of the best seasons in program history. Over the years, Bah Bioh has worked with over 30 first-round draft selections (NFL, NBA, MLB) and numerous players who went on to sign professional contracts including Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Rex Grossman, Percy Harvin, Mike and Markuice Pouncey, Shane Larkin, Joe Haden and many more!