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All Committing Communicating with Coaches Scholarship Offers

Q: The coaching staff that has been recruiting me has been fired or taken a job at another school—does my scholarship offer still stand?

A: One of the toughest hurdles a player can go through during their career is dealing with a coaching change, especially at the collegiate level. Whether a coach retires, leaves for another school, decides to go coach a pro team or gets fired—emotions run high and the media and critics will pile on the uncertainty. It’s important to understand that …

All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Committing Communicating with Coaches

Q: If I have committed to one school, can I attend a game of another? Will this affect my relationship with the team I’ve committed to?

A: Yes, it’s not a good look! If your boyfriend/girlfriend went on a date to the movies with someone else, how would you feel? Unless the other school has invited a group of your teammates, and you’re going along with the group, it’s definitely not a good idea if you plan on staying committed to this first team. And keep …

All Committing Communicating with Coaches Scholarship Offers

Q: Is it typical for a coach to offer you a scholarship, then tell you later that they’ve offered that scholarship to two other players?

A: Yes, it does happen. With recruiting beginning earlier and earlier, coaches are anxious to get their top prospects committed and finished with the recruiting process. With each scholarship class coaches determine their needs, position-by-position, and allocate slots based on where they are lacking depth. Once they determine their needs for each signing class, they rate their prospects at each …

All Communicating with Coaches

Q: Can you call a college coach that you have had little contact with to show your interest?

A: Before your junior year, don’t worry too much about communicating with coaches, instead you should focus your attention on your academics and your position skills, speed, strength and leadership. Even if you’re starting on varsity, it’s better to invest your time in becoming a better player than trying to earn a bunch of early offers. If you are a …

All Communicating with Coaches Scholarship Offers

Q: Does it mean a school will offer you a scholarship if they are sending you letters and emails?

A: No, letters are sent to players that are on the coach staff’s ‘Watch List.’ As we’ve discussed, there are several reasons why players may be added to this list—but this list changes weekly and is, especially early in the process for juniors, just a preliminary list. Getting letters means the coaches have heard something about you from a trusted …

All Communicating with Coaches Getting Noticed

Q: I’m ready to send my info to colleges – what should I write in the letters to coaches?

A: The #1 Rule to getting coaches to notice you is that they MUST see you play—either on person or on tape—to have any legitimate interest in recruiting you. So before you send college coaches’ letters or emails, get your highlights and game film together and get them on YouTube or Hudl. Upload 3-5 minutes of highlights from the season …

All Communicating with Coaches What to Expect: Year-by-Year

Q: When a team sends you a questionnaire, what does that mean? Will they recruit me?

A: If a coach has sent you a questionnaire (one that you did not request), that’s a good first sign. Coaches send questionnaires to players they’ve heard SOMETHING about. You may have been recommended by your coach, attended a local/national combine and had good measureables (height, weight, speed) or were impressive in a game or tournament a coach was scouting. …