Please bear with me - this is all new to me & I feel like my head is swirling but need some insight/opinion/help/advice.
Background: HS senior being recruited by small d111 private top notch liberal arts & science school. They found him during football season.He sent film. There were a few emails back & forth. He was invited on unofficial visit. Did that. Son liked what he saw(academics & athletics) on his unofficial visit. He applied. One of the coaches came to town to meet with him for breakfast(he was meeting with other players from other HS in our area as well). Coach said they were very interested. Asked some about grades, future plans etc. Also met with him again & a few other players at his HS.
Son was invited on official visit. During one part of the official visit, head coach came and sat down with our family for Q&A. Head coach visited with very few other families. It appeared he made it a point to visit with us. Son felt great about the visit.
Son sent head coach thank you email for the official visit(.cc'd the other coaches) Head Coach responded by saying he was glad son enjoyed visit, etc and his last exact words were 'We want you here'.
In the meantime, son had phone interview with assigned admissions counselor. He sent a thank you as well. Counselor wrote back hoping to get us a decision as soon as they get 7 semester transcript which will be sent this week hopefully.
Son's ACT scores do not meet this schools requirements. We have done all we can at this point(essays, recommendations from teachers, counselors, etc.) I felt he should have retested for ACT to bring his score up but he was stubborn and didn't retake. Now he tells me he wishes he had retaken them. Then tells me that he registered to take the next ACT test in 2 weeks - but is on standby testing so not sure if he will be able to get a seat! I hear a big glass of pinot noir calling my name!!
Finally, my question: How much influence do D111 head coaches have when it comes to admissions? If the head coach wants my son - what kind of input will he have? Do the coaches view transcripts, essays, recommendations, etc?
We are learning as we go through this process so I apologize in advance if it's too much info. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!