September 1st is almost here and that means different things in the recruiting calendar for seniors. For the first time since May, college coaches may initiate telephone calls to seniors. Lets take a look at the realities for those of you in the class of 2014.
All that recruiting mail that you have been receiving to date may not mean anything anymore. If you are a 2014,you fit in one of several categories :
1. Some of you may have already been offered a scholarship and made a verbal commitment. Congratulations!
2. Some of you have offers on the table, but haven’t made a decision yet. The clock is ticking!
3. Some of you are on mail lists, but haven’t been offered. Time for a reality check!
4.Many of you aren’t receiving any mail. Time to adjust your goals!
If you have already made a commitment, realize that college coaches are counting on you. They don’t take kindly to prospects making verbal commitments and then continuing to shop their services. If you are doing that, realize that your offer can be withdrawn at any time. There is nothing binding on either party until that National Letter of Intent is signed in February. Coaches will be calling you to make sure you aren’t wavering on your decision.
If you have offers on the table and you haven’t made a decision yet, please understand that you may not be the only player at your position that has an offer from that school. Colleges can’t sign everybody and they usually have a quota to sign at each position. When recruits commit, a position can fill up and if you are still undecided, you could be left out. Always know what the decision-making timetable is! Coaches will be calling you and likely pressing you for a decision.
If you haven’t been offered and you do get a call from a college coach, then you need to realize that you are still very much in the mix and those college coaches will be waiting on you to send them your best two games from September.
If you are receiving mail but haven’t received a call from a college coach yet, you need to understand you aren’t very high on their list. They will be calling players and if they aren’t calling you, that should tell you something. If you are somewhere in the middle, i.e., received calls from some, not others, you should definitely be focusing on those schools that are calling you, because they are interested in you. The ones that aren’t calling, probably aren’t interested.
Social media is great, it allows coaches and prospects to stay in touch, but it isn’t the same as when a coach actually says, "we offer you a scholarship".
If you are not receiving any mail, it is because Division I schools either don’t think you are a prospect at their level, or they haven’t evaluated you yet. In either case, you are going to need to become proactive, because you certainly won’t receive a scholarship offer from a school that doesn’t have you on their radar screen. It may be time to begin focusing on Division II and Division III schools.