How do I know if a School is Really Interested in Recruiting Me?
Letters, contacts & visits don’t always indicate you are a coach’s top choice
Throughout the recruiting process, NCAA Division
I coaches will attend junior golf tournaments to
assess players’ skill levels and on-course
demeanors. Additionally, these coaches are
permitted to write, email, text or phone
prospects beginning September 1st of the
prospect’s junior year in high school. Coaches
can also have face-to-face contacts with
recruits and their families no sooner than July
1st following the prospect’s junior year of high
school. These contacts generally occur on site
at tournaments once the player has finished the
tournament or at the prospect’s home. Campus
visits (both unofficial and official) also play
a key role in the overall recruiting process.
So what does it mean if a coach sends you a
letter? Is a phone call (after September 1st) a
sign that the coach is planning to offer you a
scholarship? If the head coach (versus the
assistant coach) watches you play at a
tournament, are you someone he/she wants on his
team? These are a few of the many questions
that junior golfers and their families face
while trying to determine which schools are
really interested in recruiting them.
To help you answer these questions and to
better understand this process, I offer the
following suggestions and explanations:
As you experience the college golf recruiting
process and communicate with specific coaches
through letters, emails, contacts, text messages
visits, try to assess how interested each
coach really is in recruiting you. This
analysis will help make the overall process
more efficient and will guide you along the
best path as you target various colleges.
Remember that actions always speak louder than
words, especially in the world of
- Hand-written, personalized letters
from a coach are more meaningful than generic
- Official visits (offered and paid
by a coach) are an indication that you are one
of the school’s top 3-4 recruits among your
- On-campus meetings with coaches
during an unofficial visit do not necessarily
indicate that the coach is interested in
recruiting you. Oftentimes, they are courtesy
- Regular (at least weekly) email
exchanges from the coaching staff insure that
you are a serious recruit and that the coaches
intend to maintain a dialogue with you
throughout the recruiting process.
- Constant on-course playing
at a tournament by members of a coaching staff
indicate that you are a top recruit and that a
scholarship offer is imminent.
- A courtesy reply letter from a
does not mean that you are on their recruit
target list for your graduation class.
- An introductory letter and
questionnaire sent to you as a sophomore
indicates that you are one of 20-30 prospects
on that coach’s recruiting list for your
- In-home recruiting visits
a coach indicate serious interest and
generally lead to scholarship offers.
- September 1st phone calls and text messages
junior year in high school) are a definite
sign that the coach is planning to recruit you
for the upcoming graduation class.
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