Q: A coach told me they’d be in touch but I never heard from them, what does this mean?

Q: A coach told me they’d be in touch but I never heard from them, what does this mean?

If coaches are genuinely interested, they’ll be in touch. Believe me, if you are a potential scholarship offer for them, they will track you down by phone, email, social media, through your coach, etc.

There could be a few scenarios of why you haven’t heard from them: 

-You could be too young. Recruits can contact coaches at any time, but coaches are restricted when they are able to respond to messages or reach out on their own. The date varies by sport but is usually some time between the end of your sophomore year and the beginning of your junior year.

– They may not be recruiting your position anymore. If they’ve signed or gotten strong commitments from the max number of players at your position that they are looking to sign for your graduating class, they’ll quickly move on to other positions that are in need.

– They’ve eliminated you for one reason or another since speaking with you. They may have gotten negative feedback from sources in the area or didn’t think that you were a fit for their program after evaluating your film, and have moved on to other prospects.Recruitment can end for reasons you can’t control, with little or no notice from the coaches.

-They think they were just being polite. Not all coaches know how to tell a player that they don’t think they’re a good fit for their team but in the long-run it’s probably the best way to handle the situation. It is harder for both sides when coaches sugarcoat the interest and give players false hope.

Hopefully, since they expressed interest, it is a start. Remember, at the end of the process you just need to find that one coaching staff who believes in you, not 50 teams! Continue to review the 8 Ways Players Get Recruited, and try to get involved in as many ways as possible to continue to get your name out there to more and more coaches!

LINK: How to Turn “Interest” Into Offers

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

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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!