Many recruits have to make a difficult decision between choosing a university where they may have a chance to play early or program with a winning tradition where early playing time is unlikely. But can’t you have both? Look at the example of the Saint Louis University women’s volleyball team. In 2005 new coach Anne Korde’s sold top recruit Whitney Roth on her vision for the program. When Roth signed on, others took notice and soon the Billikens had a top recruiting class. This season they have defeated their first top 10 opponent, and have entered the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 rankings for the first time.
I generally advise players to make their own decisions in the recruiting process, however this example show how a few top recruits can turn a program around. Current recruits considering scholarships from multiple schools shouldn’t automatically dismiss a program because of a losing record. It always makes sense to consider as many universities as possible!