I recently had a chance to speak with a dad about how the recruiting process has been going with his son. This basketball player currently boasts one Division I scholarship offer from a low level program. But it is a Division I offer no matter what way you look at it. Outside of this school, he has been receiving many “feelers” from other schools but no other offers are on the table.
During the recruiting process, top athletes will hear a lot from different college coaches. As I have said before, these coaches make a living by bringing in the best recruits they can. If recruit A ends up picking another school, these coaches must have a talented recruit B on the line in case that scholarship opens. But this certain in-state school was not exactly honest with the family. So should they still consider the school now that they want back in the picture?
Let me try and give some of the background before I talk about what I think with regards to the entire situation. The athlete was recruited by this school and has always been fond of the program. While it is not a major Division I program, the school has had a lot of basketball success over the past few years and that has helped them land some talented recruits. It is also an in-state school that is close to home and offers a solid education.
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During the summer, the family felt as if the school was going to offer a scholarship. This may have been because of something that the coaches hinted at (And possibly lied about) or the family read into something that was not there. I really cannot comment one way or the other on this. But near the end of the summer, one of the coaches at the school told this recruit that they were no longer going to recruit him.
As a college coach, that is a very difficult call to make but very honest of them to do so. It means that this recruit won’t continue to dream that a scholarship offer will be arriving soon and can then look at his other options more closely. But when they called to tell them this, they did so in saying that they wanted a player at a completely different position. With only one scholarship available, it is never easy for college basketball coaches.
After the coach told him this, two weeks later news breaks that the school landed a commitment from a different recruit who played the same exact position as the one we have been talking about. While it was nice of them that they wanted another recruit, is it not a slap in the face to tell them that they want another position? In my opinion, the coaches need to at least be honest with the family.
Weeks later, the coach calls the recruit out of the blue and wants him to come to the campus for a visit this weekend. First off, this is after the staff had told him first hand that they were not interested in him anymore. Second, the staff had also been caught in a lie with the recruit that they had landed. So what should the recruit do?
The recruit should go on the campus visit because…..
In the game of basketball things open up all the time. A player may not be making grades or not be good enough to cut it at the school. That could eventually be enough to help the athlete land another scholarship. The coaches may want to try and bring him in for a four in five year deal where the prospect pays the first year and then is on the scholarship the last four years.
As I have always said, athletes should look into all schools and all options. This is an option that is close to home and that the family likes. With the college being so close to home, the cost of gas money is minimal and at the very least they will feed you while on your trip. There is really little to lose.
The recruit should NOT go on the campus visit because…..
If the coaches have already lied to you this early in the process, what is going to stop them from doing it again? Lets say that they do offer the four in five years where you come and pay your way for the first year and are promised a scholarship the last four. These deals are handshake deals and can go up in smoke at any time. If the coaching staff lied early, why would they not do it again?
The family is showing that the staff can treat them poorly and still get away with it. Because it is somewhat their dream school, they are willing to be walked all over to get there. Even when the school tells them they are not interested and lies. Now that an opening may be available, the family seems to want to drop everything to get there. That may be throwing yourself at the school too much.
My question to readers is what should they do?
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