What Should I Do if I Didn’t Sign a National Letter of Intent in the Early Signing Period?
Stay proactive in the process and be open to exploring all of the possibilities.
For those of you who did not sign a National
Letter of Intent the fall of your senior year,
do not be discouraged or feel as if no options
remain. College coaches are continually looking
for good players who fit the academic and
athletic profile of their teams and
universities. There are many coaches who
annually look for the “late bloomer” or the
player who comes on strong in the winter and
early spring of his/her senior year. During my
college coaching years I signed some of my best
players during the spring signing period.
There are numerous actions you can take over
the months ahead, prior to the spring signing
period, to garner the interest of college
coaches. The main keys are:
- Review the early signing period signees on Junior
Golf Scoreboard to see which schools have
positions to fill.
- Review your “best fit” list of schools to
determine if additional schools should be
researched and added based on your recent
tournament results, academic standing,
corresponding interest from coaches, and your
objectives as a student-athlete.
- Remember to use the PING
American College Golf Guide for a
comprehensive listing of all college golf
programs, and consider the varying levels of
competition and academic requirements that
exist. It is worth noting that there are over
1,200 colleges that have men’s golf programs and
over 800 that have women’s golf programs. Be
open to exploring all possibilities.
- Maintain a competitive tournament schedule
this winter and spring to continue to build your
resume and demonstrate your abilities to college
- Make sure that you update all of the schools
on your “best fit” list with the following:
recent tournament results, current academic
standing, upcoming tournament schedule, key
references, and a recent swing video.
- Continue to be proactive in your follow-up
communication with college coaches and make sure
to have questions formulated that will: a) help
you determine their interest level in you as a
prospective student-athlete b) clearly detail
what they are looking for with respect to a golf
and academic profile, and c) outline the
timeline they have for finalizing their
respective recruiting decisions.
- Continue to make unofficial and/or official
visits when appropriate.
- Attend college golf tournaments that include
the schools on your “best fit” list. To view a
complete college golf tournament schedule, visit
go to your local university’s athletic website
to view that program’s tournament schedule.
- Finish strong academically and continue to
work hard on your golf game and fitness.
Most essential is staying
positive throughout this time. It
can be frustrating to not know where you will be
next fall; however, if you stay focused on what
you can control and do your proper due
diligence, you will identify an appropriate best
fit. There are many different means to an end,
and having the experience of being a
student-athlete at any college is a worthwhile
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