Why is this coach even talking to me?
So, I sent at e-mail to the coach of a top Pac-10 school (for track and field), and was pleased with the VERY positive response. However, I was just reading an article on the school's athletic website which was about the high school athletes who had signed NLI's for the school a few years ago.
First of all, there were only SEVEN names listed... and this was both boys and girls!!! On top of that, I was absolutely floored by the bios of each of these athletes. I mean, every single one of them was SPECTACULAR in their event... or in multiple events! There are even national champions in multiple events. I mean, come on.
I mean, sure, I am #1 in my state... in my small, new england state. My times definitely would be competitive at most D1 schools, but my accolades are nowhere NEAR the people who are mentioned in this article.
Which brings me to my question-- why is this coach even bothering to e-mail me back, much less give me such a positive response? Is there some other way that s/he can support my application than having me sign an NLI (which seems nearly impossible compared to these folks)? Or is s/he just being nice so that I will want to be a walk on if I happen to get in without athletic support? :P