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Is this a good/bad/no sign?

OH2014OH2014 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
edited August 2013 in Athletic Recruits
I am a junior track/cross country runner and I recently emailed a D1 college coach listing my best times, why I wanted to run at his school, etc. The assistant coach (the recruiting coordinator) emailed back asking me to fax them my transcripts, schedule, and test scores. What should I make of this? Is it an indication that they're interested in me or is it just a really generic response? This whole process is kind of intimidating. Also, I'm visiting the school in a couple of weeks. Should I try to arrange a time to meet with one of the coaches?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Replies to: Is this a good/bad/no sign?

  • LawMom6LawMom6 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    I think it's a positive sign that they asked for more than just a questionnaire. Give them what they want and keep them on the list of schools you communicate with regularly. You should definitely try to arrange an unofficial visit. That should give you a better idea of where you stand.
  • fogfogfogfog Registered User Posts: 4,056 Senior Member
    Very positive sign.

    Contact coaches of schools that are on a list for you--cast a wide net.

    At the end of the school year...send an unofficial copy of your transcript, your test scores, and times etc to the coaches...
    be sure to include your clearinghouse #

    Good luck :)
  • myluckydogmyluckydog Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    Good sign.

    Positive but not dispositive.

    Keep in contact but do the same with (many) other schools.

    Best of luck!
  • ModadunnModadunn Registered User Posts: 6,263 Senior Member
    I would definitely send them what they are asking for to date - meaning, don't wait until the end of the school year to send a resume, current scores (PSAT etc). It is a very positive sign that they asked for info beyond what one typically fills out online. And you can update the info again at the end of the year.

    I would very much encourage you to set up an unofficial visit to meet the coach, learn more about the program when you go and visit the school.

    Also.. don't forget to write notes of thanks as a follow up.
  • riverrunnerriverrunner Registered User Posts: 2,715 Senior Member
    OH2014, a reasonable request on an official is to sit down with the coach in his office either for or after a tour/info session you would normally go to on any college visit. Hope for at least half an hour, and maybe a tour of the track/XC facilities if there's time. Some coaches may offer to have a current athlete give you a tour if that works out.

    You can look at each school's Spring Break and track competition schedule to see if the coach is likely to be on campus when you can visit and plan accordingly. You can check your times against other runners at your distance on their current roster. Some give high school PRs so you can see the speed of recent recruits. This will tell you whether you will get a warm response or a token reply.

    Keep asking questions!
  • OnTrack2013OnTrack2013 Registered User Posts: 239 Junior Member
    The fact that the coach requested additonal info is a positive sign. I am a little further along in the recruiting process with my S (who is also a track athlete but a senior) and we were told that the coach needs transcripts, test scores and NCAA ID # in order to bring you out on an official visit. We even had to send all of the info to one school where my son was already admitted.

    So as others have advised, don't wait, send what you have now. If nothing else, it gives you a way to keep a running dialogue open with the coach by sending them next semester's grades, new test scores, new PRs, etc.
  • riverrunnerriverrunner Registered User Posts: 2,715 Senior Member
    OP, I mistakenly used the word "official" visit in my reply and meant "unofficial" that you would try and take this spring. Official visits only happen after the first day of you senior year of high school. Sorry if that caused confusion.
  • SwimkidsdadSwimkidsdad Registered User Posts: 616 Member
    OH2014- The request for transcripts and test scores is a very good sign. I would send that information quickly to give the coach a chance to look over it before you visit. I would absolutely try to arrange a meeting with the coach while you are visiting. His response to that request should give you an idea how interested they are in you. I would also send your competition schedule for both your high school and club team for the spring and summer. The next major milestones for the recruiting process is getting a call from the coach on or near July 1st and/or an invitation for an official visit.
  • fogfogfogfog Registered User Posts: 4,056 Senior Member
    also--remember they start tracking 4-5x as many kids as who will be trimmed down to the potential OV list--
    that OV list is trimmed firther to the OV list

    Its good to be in the running. Cast a wide net.
  • OH2014OH2014 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Thanks for all the responses! This is my #1 choice school so I'm starting to get excited. I took the January SAT which I'll be getting back in about a week. Should I wait until then to send my infor or should I just send what I have now?
  • MGSM04MGSM04 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Send what you have now and update when you have the scores. You want to reply promptly to show your interest and you want to have legitimate reasons to keep the conversation going.
  • GolfFatherGolfFather Registered User Posts: 1,519 Senior Member
    I recently emailed a D1 college coach ... The assistant coach emailed back.

    No one noticed?
    Another example of a D1 coach responding to an email before the mythical July 1 date.
    ;)
  • somewhereingasomewhereinga Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
    Emails are not prohibited during junior year. That is how most unofficial visits are arranged. The coaches can't start calling until after July 1 of the summer before senior year.
  • OH2014OH2014 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    From what I've been able to research online by myself, coaches aren't allowed to call you or initiate a direct contact until July 1 after your Junior year, so replying to emails or answering phone calls are allowed.
  • SwimkidsdadSwimkidsdad Registered User Posts: 616 Member
    somewhere is correct- Coaches may respond to an EMail send by a recruit after the start of their junior year.
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