Twitter – What to Expect on Unofficial / Official Visits


On Official and Unofficial visits, coaches are trying to both get to know you better and let you get a better understanding of them. It’s a two-way street and visits are their opportunities to show you what they have to offer.

The important takeaway from visits is getting a feel for what it will be like to live there, go to school there, be among the type of players they have and learn from that coaching staff. Do you feel comfortable? Can you get better? Will you be happy? Are you too far or too close to home?

LINK: 10 Must-Ask Questions for Official/Unofficial Visits

LINK: What is the difference between Official and Unofficial Visit?

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Unofficial visits are usually a little less personal, depending on where you rank at your position for that staff. For Junior Days and gamedays,  some coaching staffs invite hundreds of players who are early in the recruiting cycle, especially if the staff is new and trying to get to know the local and regional players better. Unofficial visits can also be very personalized with just one or two players spending the day with the staff, it varies.

If coaches have interest in you, they will definitely try to get you to visit campus so they can meet you in person or spend more time with you on a personal level. How much personal times they spend with you, and how detailed the visit in can tell you a lot about where you rank on their priority list.

Another key difference is if you scheduled the visit yourself or if you were invited. Not all staffs will take the time, or have the time, to spend with you if you just show up or try to set up a visit on your own. They may also be restricted from meeting with you if you stop by during an NCAA Dead Period.

LINK: Should I ask for an Unofficial Visit

I’m not saying this to discourage you, I’ve worked with plenty of players who called and express interest in coming to campus for an Unofficial Visit and who eventually earned scholarship offers—it just really depends on where the coaching staff is in terms of evaluations of your signing class.

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If you are invited and coaches spend personal time with you, they have some level of interest in you and are evaluating you for a scholarship.

Another telling sign if the amount of personal time you get with the head coach. If the head coach meets with you one-on-one, that means you are a high priority to them and they are close to offering you. If the head coach spends time with you or pulls you off from the other prospects, that’s a good sign.

On visits, you may:

– Meet with:
o Academic Advisors
o Professor in the major you are interested in
o Dean of the School you are interested in
o University President
o Athletic Director
o Position Coach
o Offensive/Defensive Coordinator
o Head Coach
o Strength Coach
o Athletic Trainer
o Sports Information Director
o Other coaches on the staff
o Other athletic department staff
o Players at your position or side of the ball
o Players from your hometown

– Go on a campus tour to see:
o Dorms
o Classrooms
o Dining Hall
o Student Union
o Lockerroom
o Athletic Facilities
o Popular campus spots

– Game Invites: If you are being evaluated for a scholarship, coaches will definitely try to get you to come to a game and they will ask you personally. Sure, schools may invite more recruits to games than others, each staff varies… but if you are being invited personally by phone or in person, that’s a great sign.

– Watch practice

– See a hype-up highlight video

Understand all visits are choreographed so you will see what they want you to see – and they will keep you away from what they don’t want you to see! The people you interact with are hand selected, so understand most coaching staffs are trying to paint a picture of the place you have told them you want to be.


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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!