I was asked the question a few days ago from a high-level recruit as to why a D-1 coach hadn’t returned his phone call yet. Obviously, this answer can vary depending on the recruit. Below are a few reasons as to why the coach hasn’t returned a phone call:
  • Grade of recruit: This was the case in the situation above. No matter how great of a player you are, a D-1 coach cannot return a phone call to a recruit before July 1 following his Junior Year. He can answer your phone calls as many times as he wants, but cannot make the call to you!
  • Already has talked to you that week: If it is after July 1 of your Junior Year, a coach can only call and talk to you ONE time per week. You can call and talk with him an unlimited amount of times, but if he has already placed a call to you and you answered, he will not be able to return your call until next week.
  • He is very busy: Time a very scarce resource for many D-1 coaches. This is not an excuse, it is a fact. If you are a fringe recruit and they have never called you before, you need to continue to call the coach. You don’t want to call multiple times per day, but if after 3 or 4 days of waiting on him to return a voicemail he still hasn’t called, give him a return call. Sometimes persistence pays off.
  • He isn’t interested: This doesn’t happen very often. Coaches are usually very honest with kids and will typically tell them they are not interested and the reasons why. However, every once in a while, a coach will just simply ignore your voicemails. If this happens, he was probably not a coach you would want to play for anyway!

The most important thing you can do for yourself as you are going through the recruiting process is to know EXACTLY where you stand in relationship to other recruits at your position. Bottom line is if you do not have the skill set to play in the SEC, it’s probably a waste of time to call them. You have to be very realistic about where you stand. If it’s not where you want to be, work as hard as possible and leave everything on the table! You can improve a great deal in a short amount of time if you put the time and effort into it!

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