Real Recruiting Letters – Sample #1

Letter from Coach, Sample #1

“Dear Susan:

I am pleased to learn of your interest in our athletic program. Your accomplishments in your sport and in the high school classroom are quite impressive. We look forward to continuing a correspondence this year and evaluating you at various competitions. Please return the enclosed profile sheet as soon as possible and include a copy of your schedule so that we can arrange to see you compete.

Thank you,

Coach Anderson”

What this letter means, and how a student-athlete should respond:
A coach who sends a letter like this is responding to a letter from the student-athlete. Something in the letter caught the coach’s attention, and effort is being made to evaluate the student. The athlete should complete the profile form, send her schedule, and keep in touch. This represents an opportunity to call the coach, and the athlete might as well take advantage of it, especially if this is a top school.

Notice that the coach did not invite the student-athlete to call with questions. If an athlete receives such a letter, the student-athlete should follow up with the coach upon receiving the letter if she has an interest in the program. If the coach is not receptive to the student’s call, the coach is probably not interested in the student-athlete.

This sample letter and advice were taken from Athletes Wanted – The Game Plan for Maximizing Athletic Scholarship Potential.  If you liked this information, I encourage you to check out the complete book here.

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Comments
  1. Kristine Parr

    If your select coach has called one of your top colleges numerous times, and they haven’t answered back personally, but their admissions people are still sending you stuff, are they still interested?

  2. Keith

    Kristine – Why are you relying on your select coach to make that call? Why aren’t you calling the college coach and finding out for yourself? That’s the only way you’ll know for sure.

  3. Kristin

    My son is receiving more mail than we can handle, but all the letters except for a few from coaches we’ve had direct contact with seem to be rather generic. He is receiving a lot of articles, basic letters and handwritten cards from one particular school that I won’t mention by name, but in several of the cards the coaches are giving him their phone number. Is this just a blitz by a school with a lot of money in their recruiting budget trying to draw attention to themselves or are they really interested and wanting him to call?

  4. Keith

    Kristin – Those coaches want your son to call. (Not you or dad.) Make sure you coach him up on how to speak with college coaches so he doesn’t get his name crossed off of that coach’s recruiting list. Good luck!

  5. michelle

    what should i do? My son is a 3 year senior, meaning he has earned the credits to graduate in June. He played basketball during his sophmore year and then began football in his senior year. His coach is amazed at his playing ablity considering he has had no weight training or anything. The coach believes that my son would be picked up by a Division 1 school if he would allow himself another year to play high school football there by giving the coaches something to really look at because just this year is not enough for a Division 1 coach to look at. He stated that he believes he would be eligible for a full ride. (this is his confidence in my son’s ability.) I believe in my son, and he does want to be a college student athlete. – please forgive this being a mini book but i want you to have all the details in order to give a precise answer.- Unfortunately his GPA this quarter is low because of 1 class, a prep class. Somemthing that will be reversed once my son passes the OGT test. What would you suggest we do about wainting another year or just going out now.

    Thank you for your response.

  6. Hi Michelle – It’s nice that your HS coach has the confidence in your son that he has. I’d suggest that you look at these recruiting guidelines to see where your son fits within the charts on this link: http://www.ncsasports.org/recruiting-tools/football/football-recruiting-guidelines If your son has those numbers, he can take a prep school year that will give him some great football experience. Most of those are located in the east. They can be as expensive as college but some give financial aid for students they think can help win football games. Your HS coach is correct that the vast majority of D1 colleges have identified the kids on their radar for the class of 2010, so there are probably no more opportunities available for your son. There are still plenty of D2 and D3 programs that are looking for 2010 grads. Regardless of your decision (prep school or play D2/D3 in 2010), you’ll have thousands more questions. To get answers, go here: http://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/fasttrack/lead/preSAEFEntryV1.jsp?lnkSrc=SAEF-NCSA
    Good luck!

  7. Keith

    Hi Michelle – It’s great your son’s coach has the confidence in him that he does. You should look at the numbers on this chart to see where your son fits in: http://www.ncsasports.org/recruiting-tools/football/football-recruiting-guidelines I agree with your HS coach that the D1 schools have pretty well completed their player evaluations for the class of 2010, greatly reducing your son’s opportunities at that level. Should your son wish to play a prep school year, there are number of those schools for 5th year seniors. They’re private and mainly located in the east. They also can be as expensive as college. Some give financial aid for students who can help them win football games. However, if your son wishes to play college football in the fall of 2010, there are still plenty of opportunities available at the D2/D3/NAIA level. Regardless of which route you go, you’ll have thousands of more questions as you go through this. If you need help, go here: http://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/fasttrack/lead/preSAEFEntryV1.jsp?lnkSrc=SAEF-NCSA
    Good luck!

  8. Sarah

    I play basketball and soccer and i am only in middle school, my dream is to b a lady vol basketball player only problem i live in a small town how wud i get looked at? and if thats my goal to play basketball should i give up soccer too , when i m good at both? I also make good grades Would that help any? If i had to pick between tha two sports it would be basketball for sure..the only thing i am scared about is would i get looked at.

  9. Keith

    Sarah – Continue to play both sports. Most Lady Vol basketball players excelled at more than basketball. Good grades help, great grades help a lot. Work hard to earn all A’s. To get looks, have your parents go here and complete the information: http://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/fasttrack/lead/preSAEFEntryV1.jsp?lnkSrc=SAEF-Blog

  10. DOMINIQUE JOHNSON

    WHY HAVENT ANY SCOUTS CALLED ME YET IM ONLY 14 TRYN PLAY AT THE DIVISON ONE LEVEL

  11. Wise guy

    Dominique – You don’t have to SHOUT :-) College coaches at the Division 1 level are not allowed to call you. They can send camp brochures and questionnaires. You can call them after they’ve sent those to you.

  12. Michele to Michelle

    Michelle, It sounds to me like your high school coach is making promises in order to keep your son playing for him another year. You should contact a NCSA recruiter to find out objectively what the benefit would be to your son playing another year. Once you give them his stats they can tell you his chances at a “full ride” scholarship to a DI school If he isn’t being actively recruited he may want to walk on to a junior college to gain experience instead.

  13. Jenn Sexton

    In reading some past emails, it’s been said that the player should contact the position coach? Is that correct? Also, in sending out video to a coach, I’ve been told by other parents that we need to include a “Bio”. What exactly should be on that Bio? Thank you very much.
    Jenn

  14. Taylor Stanley

    I received a letter from a college coach. He talked about his school and how good it is. Then he continued to tell me that he is glad that I am interested in his softball program. He told me to send him my schedule so that he could come watch me play, a copy of my video so he could view it, and to fill out the softball programs questionnaire and send it back to him. What does this mean??

  15. Keith

    Taylor – That letter is sent to hundreds of softball players in your recruiting class. You should be getting letters like that from a lot more colleges. You should also call that coach on the phone number in the letter and ask him the kinds of questions that will tell you if he’s serious about you. If you need more letters or suggestions on questions to ask, have your parents call 866-579-6272 to schedule an appointment with a national scout.

  16. Keith Babb

    Jenn – It sounds like you need the help of a recruiting expert and it seems like crunch time. Here’s a sample scouting report: http://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/fasttrack/profile/profile.jsp?clientID=11181 Make sure all the information is verified by a 3rd party that college coaches trust. If you need help, call 866-579-6272.

  17. shayne to Sarrah

    Sarrah, being from a small town, another piece of advise would be to not limit yourself to school ball. My daughter also attends a very small school that most havent even heard of, but she also plays usssa,nsa,asa,usgf, and usfa softball tournaments. This has helped her dramatically. Not just getting her noticed, but also her performance. She is in 7th grade, and has already been contacted by numerous JC’s, and 4 D1′s. Being at a small school, you have to put yourself out there. Things such as a company like this one, traval ball, anything you can find. Good luck.

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