Story: SPRING PHONE CALLS

Coaches Can Call Prospects

Spring Recruiting is here. More things are happening and prospects should be aware of them.
Division I staffs are allowed to select four weeks out of a total of six to complete their spring evaluations. That period ends May 31. Each school is allowed to evaluate a prospect twice, of which one has to be on the prospectís high school campus. The other can be at a track meet, baseball game, or some other scholastic contests. Combines and Camps are not allowable evaluation events. Prospects should be aware that the weekend evaluation can only be on a Saturday, not a Sunday.
Telephone calls are a part of the Spring landscape. During the Spring Evaluation period, each college can call a prospect on the telephone once. Mom and Dad, realize that the coach who calls, wants to visit with your son. While you certainly have a lot of questions, if your son is not home, and you talk for any length with a college coach, that will count as his one phone call. NCAA rules prohibit him from calling back. The prospect can always call the coach and with the numerous free cell phone plans available in the evening, that isnít usually a problem. So USE YOUR CELL PHONE!
Prospects: if you think you are going to get a significant number of phone calls, stay home in the evenings, or at least establish a time you will be there, so the coaches can reach you. If you have a part time job, that requires you to work, just make sure your parents communicate that to calling coaches. Coaches understand that many kids have jobs and they will work around that. Having an answering machine is another good thing.

What is the purpose of the Spring phone call?

From the college perspective the coach really wants to know if the prospect likes his school. No doubt the prospect has been on the mailing list for some time, getting bombarded with all kinds of propaganda. All that recruiting mail is marketing-related and designed to create a favorable image of a particular school. The coach is really wanting to know if it has worked. He is likely to ask if his school is in the prospectís top five choices. He is also likely to ask what other schools the prospect likes, so that he can determine the competition. (Unless the prospect already has several scholarship offers, he should make sure his response to the first question is positiveóNo sense eliminating anybody until you have a scholarship in hand.) The coach will also likely encourage the prospect to attend the schoolís summer camp.
From the prospectís perspective, you want to know where you stand. Is the school offering you a scholarship based on your junior tape and spring evaluation? How many players is the school recruiting at your position? How many other players have already been offered? If you donít have a scholarship offer, will there be a chance of getting one if you attend the schoolís camp? Remember prospects, that coach wouldnít be calling you on the phone if he wasnít interested in you. They donít call everybody!