Why Do College Coaches Call Prospective Athletic Recruits?

Recruiting 101Correspondent IDecember 3, 2008

As I will talk about later in a future article, there is no doubt in my mind that phone calls are a very important part of the recruiting process for all collegiate sports. 

This is a great time as an athlete to get questions answered about the schools that you are looking into.  And if you have an organized system to track the recruiting process, you will also be able to take notes about each individual call.

While these calls are great for potential recruits, they are even more important for the coaches at the schools that are recruiting you.  These coaches are calling you for a number of different reasons and many have to do with making sure you know how interested they are in you overall. 

Without further ado, here are some of the main reasons that college coaches will call prospective recruits:


To learn more about you

In most situations, college coaches will do most of the talking, and because of this, they will be asking you many questions to learn more about your likes and dislikes.


To build a relationship between you and the coach

This relationship is a huge part of the recruiting process.  If a coach has an in with the overall relationship, they are more likely to land you as a recruit.


To gauge your overall interest in the school

I will stress again to consider all of your college options so even if a Division III coach is calling, you should be interested.  Even if the coach is uninformed about your Division II offer, they want to know if you would be interested in their school.  Finding your interest level is huge in recruiting.


To find out more about where things stand with you in the recruiting process

Many coaches will ask about what other schools are recruiting you and if any have offered.  While they can read articles on Scout and Rivals, asking these questions is the easiest way to find out where they sit in the process.


To get you on campus for a visit

Calls are used frequently to set up visits and get you on campus.  For some colleges, getting them onto campus is half the battle.


To figure out if your personality would fit in with the team

Some coaches are looking for a perfect fit for athletes on their team and they may use phone calls to judge your personality.


When I was in high school, I know the few college coaches that I spoke with did most of the talking.  With prep recruits, there is no doubt in my mind that this happens all the time as well. 

So, if you are a little shy with someone you don’t know, there is nothing wrong with that.  But again, you should get away from the TV, video games, or computer and actually focus on the calls.

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