I feel so overwhelmed by this recruiting process, that started when I was in 8th grade, and I'm looking for clarity on what can seal the deal for verbal commitments/and or scholarships. I have 1 school I'd really love to commit to, a couple of maybes, and it's currently the coach's athletic season right now so they can't communicate with prospects too much.
I've visited twice(once was an invite to a camp) and I've been in contact with the coach since fall of my sophomore year, and I still get weekly emails from them. At the camp, they said they were very interested and it sounded like once I get my test scores and other aspects finalized, the commitment will be set in stone.
I'm at this waiting period of taking the ACT again, having my first junior year semester transcript finalized, and I'm nervous if it's normal for a coach to not be that active to prospects while their season is still going? This seems like common sense, but I'm fearing it could be a decline in interest. I'm worried that this school will commit to someone else, and I'm wondering when I can truly know if they're interested or not.
My ACT score, I'm sure I can get up 3 or 5 points to get to a 30-32, because I took my first attempt blind as a sophomore and was very anxious/uneducated on the exam. I've also taken practice ACT tests and scored much better to see that I can improve a lot from my 27. I'm top 10% in my class with multiple APs/Honors courses, high GPA, nationally ranked for my sport, and I also do 2 extracurriculars with leadership positions outside of my athletic commitment. I just want some insight on when this process will work itself out.
I guess I'll say what I'm primarily fearing: the main school I'm a prospect to is an Ivy, and I'm wondering if my ACT score of a 30-32 is too low? I love the academic environment at the school, the coach, the location, the knowledge I could learn from my teachers/peers, and the passion I could bring to the campus.
Sidenote... I hadn't gotten my results back when I met with the coach and she said they've admitted kids with 27's before. I don't really think that one score defines my whole persona/work ethic in my school/community and I'm curious on what I can do to become an even stronger prospect for the coach. Overall, I'd love to hear if that score will really hold me back from being admitted and I feel confident pursuing other options although they've given me so much interest this past year.