Letters DO NOT Always Mean Recruiting Interest

 

Getting a lot of emails and phone calls inquiring about the letters being received by student-athletes from colleges…..   First of all, it’s great that you are on their mailing lists, BUT, it is just a mailing list.   Don’t get TOO excited, as colleges have extensive lists of athletes that they get from camps, combines and multiple resources.   Getting a letter from a college DOES NOT mean you are being recruited or even that there is any interest.   YOU must continue your recruiting process 100% and do not relax, thinking that you have it made because of receiving letters.   The only letters that count are official “offer” letters or a personal letter written by a coach.   Some of the letters kids are receiving even are made to look “personal”, but are just part of the marketing lists from that college.   Again, the letters are fun and some can contain helpful information, like camp schedules, etc., but keep things in perspective and don’t let them distract you!

Perfect example, a young student-athlete in 5th grade received a letter from a Division I college baseball program…..  Let’s be real, I don’t think his skill set was so worthy to catch the eye of a baseball coach.  Not to mention, this particular kid did not even play baseball!  His name came up from a list provided.  So, just be careful to not start running around the block bragging that your son is receiving a baseball scholarship just yet…….

One thing to do when these letters are received and if you are looking at the recruiting process seriously, is to call the coach of that program and let them know you’ve received the letter and that you appreciate it.    Use this as an opportunity to make a first impression.    Let them know you will be sending them your profile information for their records.    ASK QUESTIONS!!!    Again, what started out as a piece of basic “junk mail” could end up being a great ice-breaker and the beginning of a great relationship with a coach.    Just make sure you use this opportunity to your advantage and not let it feed your ego!    GOOD LUCK!

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