You may begin to feel as though you are being recruited when college coaches contact you over the phone or by email. Keep in perspective that coaches will contact a large number of athletes. If you are offered an official visit to a Division I level school, it may be an indication of strong interest on part of the coach; however, this does not automatically result in an offer.
An official visit is one that is paid in part or in full by the college. An unofficial visit is one in which the student incurs the cost.
In some cases, coaches will push you toward applying early action or early decision. They are encouraging other athletes they are recruiting to do the same, and, thus, admission is not guaranteed. If you elect not to apply early, keep in mind that a coach only has “x” amount of spaces and if “x” players are admitted, the coach is done with their recruiting for the year. THIS IS BY NO MEANS A REASON TO APPLY EARLY, but it is a reality of the recruiting process. YOU SHOULD NOT APPLY E.D. TO A COLLEGE UNLESS YOU ARE 100% SURE IT IS THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR YOU!
Choose the school that is the right fit for you. Coaching is a unique profession in that coaches tend to switch positions often. Choose the college for the community and the program, not for the coach.
The athletic recruiting system is not designed to protect you; instead it is designed to protect the schools and the coaches. No matter how supportive a coach may seem, only the admission office can make the final decision.
The recruiting process is not over until you receive an official letter of acceptance from the admission office. It is imperative that you continue to work with your college counselor and high school coaches involved in your college process to craft a balanced college list that you believe will offer you a successful collegiate experience.