In NCAA Division I, many if not most times an offer is just a way to trick unsavvy parents, kids, and advisers into believing that the school’s interest is legit. Here are some questions to ask to help you ferret out the true validity of the “offer.”
1. How many other kids have you offered at my position? Have any of those kids been to your campus unofficially? Do you have any unofficial or official visits set up with the other kids you’ve offered? I’m going to talk to my parents about visiting campus unofficially- when would be a good time for us to come up? It’s important to understand that most offers that are legit come with an invitation to visit campus ASAP- college coaches want to close the deal with their priority kids, and getting kids to campus is the best way to do that.
2. What would your thoughts be if I wanted to commit right now? If they say they don’t accept commitments from kids who haven’t visited officially to meet the team, go to classes, because they care so much about you and this is too important of a decision to rush into anything, then you are not their priority target(s).
3. Do you think it would be OK for me to talk to the head coach in the next few days so he can personally offer me? Obviously, this is only in the case that the offer comes from someone other than the head coach- some head coaches have very liberal policies when it comes to assistant coaches offering kids- sometimes, the head coach has no idea an offer was even made- but if you’re a priority, the head coach knows about the offer and would be on the phone in no time to offer you himself, if he weren’t the one who made the offer in the first place.
There are definitely many more good questions to ask- please offer feedback in the comments section so this blog can be more useful educationally… thanks for reading…