Recruiting is a fickle thing. Understand it and you are way ahead of the game. The one thing that I’ve never heard discussed is the fallout created by the changing needs of the college and the talent of the player. For instance... Let’s say State U is looking for a LHP. Your son is a LHP and in your opinion very capable of competing at State U. State U has sent your son a recruiting letter and has called the house. They also have sent letters to other LHP’s too. Their number one choice is not your son (player A) but another LHP (player B). You don't know this because they don’t tell you. If your son knew this he would move on. They neglect to tell you all the minor details. You find yourself in a situation where things have stagnated and you feel as if your son is being forced to sell himself to State U. What you don’t realize is State U is putting your son on hold because they are trying to “buy” Player B. If they are successful and player “B” accepts, your son becomes nonessential to their program. If player “B” declines and moves on, your son may move up to #1. I don’t know how to avoid this situation. I saw this happen to my son. He happened to be the #1 choice at one school and #2 at another. After it all happened I could look back and make sense of it all. At the time I didn’t know what was happening. All I can say is try to read between the lines as things are developing and keep his options open.