I’m looking for some advice on coach/player communication. I’ve read that the “earlier” you reach out to schools the better as long as you are close to entering High School. My son is in 8th grade, has had a heck of a year with showcase ball, and he’s been told by numerous coaches that barring any injury he should be able to play at the next level. My son reached out to two of his dream school’s assistant recruiting coaches and received a reply later in the day in the form of a prospect camp invite with one school but didn’t receive a reply from the other. The one who replied stated that he’s “too young” for them to actively recruit per NCAA when they replied and sent the invite. Is this a good sign or likely just a way to make another’s $450? Also, should he be discouraged that he didn’t hear back from the other one or is it just a busy time of year and would you consider him too young to reach out being a class of 2023? I obviously don’t want him being a pain to the coaches but he also wants to make his interest known to the schools.
He is young. Most replies will be firm letters to get kids to camps. It will take the effort of the college coach reaching out to his club coach and asking him to call to get real communication. That won’t happen from first emails. I would say to send short video clips and update new stats. That may get them out to see him at a tournament and from there, if they like him, he might be asked to call. It’s hard to project an 8th grader unless he is the very top percentage for the class. I just read about a 9th grader throwing 95. You don’t have to project that kind of kid. Don’t be discouraged. Send a few emails this year if you have updates, then when he’s ready, do a prospect camp.