I recently did an article with a coach about his son. The son is currently a junior on the team and has already started going through the recruiting process. He is a good athlete and was named All State in a smaller school. After finishing the article, the coach requested that I take the names of the schools off of the article that are recruiting him. According to the coach, he said he did not want to broadcast the schools recruiting him online.
Like always, I have no problem doing what a coach asks me to do. I understand he wants privacy regarding this issue. But in terms of looking at it through a recruiting perspective, I think it is a bad move that in the long run could end up hurting his recruiting.
When a player is receiving recruiting interest, it shows that the school got his name either from an All State list, All Conference list, a coach, a camp, or somewhere that shows this player stands out above others in his class. When talking to a player, a college coach will second guess themselves if they are the only school recruiting this athlete. While the school may eventually stay with him and offer a scholarship, they will wonder why other programs are at the very least contacting him.
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So when a school does see a player getting recruited by some of the bigger Division I programs in the Midwest, they will likely add him to their recruiting list. The coach that sees the article may be from a Division I-AA, II, or even III school. The fact that the article shows he is receiving early recruiting interest from a major school shows that he likely is a solid prospect. Obviously the mail does not mean he is a sure fire player at the smallest college level but there usually is some skill behind the early interest.
Anyways, the coach reads the article and sees the big time interest. He decides to add him to their recruiting list and start sending him mail. If the player does what I always talk about and that is look at all of your options, another door has opened. This school may send him one letter and move on or they may eventually not recruit him at all. It really just depends on the level of football the school plays and how good the kid is.
If the same coach reads the article and it says nothing about recruiting, chances are smaller that he will add him to the list. It may happen that he does it anyways but without the bigger names on the list, chances are smaller.
I have always mentioned that your first scholarship offer can help you receive more attention because schools really realize than that an athlete can play at that level. I feel that letters show that this kid can play and other colleges will respond off of it. The top programs in the Midwest do help the smaller schools recruit. So if this player is legit, then there should be no reason why the recruiting portion of the article is not included. It may be broadcast to a wide audience, but college coaches are reading the content and that could end up hurting the recruiting in the long run.
Players and parents do this all the time where they decline to name what schools are offering scholarships and who is recruiting them. To me, it really does not make a whole lot of sense. Putting your options on the table in a newspaper article or a story with Rivals.com will allow other coaches to see that. These other coaches will wonder more about why a conference rival is recruiting this kid and look into it.
At the major Division I level, colleges like Texas and other major programs have no problem letting reporters know what players they are offering (Off the record of course). They are the top programs and are not worried if other schools are going to try recruiting this kid. They are the University of Texas and they pour a lot of money into athletics.
Smaller colleges, especially mid major Division I basketball schools, would prefer to have their scholarships they have offered private. Here is a recent example regarding this. A mid major program in a very small state starting doing a very good job on the basketball court and was able to make the NCAA tournament three straight seasons.
Once other coaches figured out they were doing so well, they would recruit the players who had already committed to this school. Instead of competing against conference foes for recruits, they had major programs going after their recruits. In the last few years, there currently have been two decommitments from this team to major programs that are much bigger than this smaller school.
Anyways, I brought this up because schools read about and research who other programs are recruiting. If the are after a player who is keeping their recruiting quiet, then don’t expect other programs to know what is going on unless they have seen you play or they have been recruiting you. There is no reason at all why you shouldn’t broadcast who is recruiting you. If anything, you should be open about it and try to get it in the hands of people who will publish it in front of college coaches.
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