Thursday, May 11, 2006

Article 2: Signing your Recruits

I must admit, I am sure there are some better recruiters out there than me. Over the last two seasons, I fill have needed to fill up my team with at least five walk ons (possibly more depending on how the next few cycles go). At least I have some experience on what not to do, and I am sure there are some Hoops Dynasty veterans out there who would be willing to help.

The first thing to bring up was something I mentioned in the first paragraph. One goal you should have is to fill up all of your scholarships. You are probably thinking "Well duh!", but it isn't difficult to overspend on a recruit and lose out on him or just spend money in the wrong places. You don't want to receive a practice penalty for having too many recruits.

One piece of information that you should know if you haven't heard it already is that speaking with the recruit or meeting with them face-to-face is going to be more valuable than sending a letter to him. In Division III especially, you may not be able to afford it, but campus and home visits are really affective at getting the recruits attention. Another thing that is essential, especially for DIII coaches is too stay within 250 miles if you can. This way you can better afford the visits needed to sign the recruit you're after.

Don't spend too much money before the signing period begins. It's good to send some letters and packets out, along with phone calls to the recruit, but don't spend your money on offering a scholarship and guaranteeing minutes until you approach the signing period.

It's way too easy to have a recruit tell you the his parents went to the college, he loves the campus, and he can't wait to sign -- but then the next day another team has offered him a better chance elsewhere. You should try to save most of your money the signing period has begun so you aren't just battling yourself for the recruit. Being considered before the signing period doesn't help your team out.

There are a couple different strategies that are used. Some coaches prefer to come out strong and snatch the recruits early; others wait until later when they are able to sign the recruits and right before signing periods slows. During the last few hours of recruiting is the perfect time if you wish to grab a recruit in the division above you.

The final advice I would like to give before asking for comments is not to aim too high. It's really easy to try and go after the top recruits at each position, but of course those players are also the most visible and sought after by other coaches. I've noticed I really have a problem with this. I always go after the best players, though I spend so much money competing with other coaches that I can't afford the other ones. If you are in DIII, then as much as you want the recruits with overall ratings of 470, you aren't going to be able to use your scholarships as well if you had gotten the 400 overall recruits that has the passing or rebounding you need, etc.

Like I said before, I don't have a lot of experience or success in this area, so hopefully you guys can leave comments and suggestions for each other without giving up too many secrets.


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Blogger Treyomo said...

In HD, it's all about work ethic, baby. A center with 40 Reb and 40 LP, and an 80 WE, will become a 65/65 player in 3 years. A center with 50 Reb/50/LP, and a 30 WE, will be lucky to be 65/65.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Cameron said...

I will give away one secret. Sort the list by Durability on go for the guys on the bottom. They are better than their overall rating suggests.

7:10 AM  
Blogger la287 said...

You can also substitute durability with Low Post or Perimeter, depending on which position you are looking for. If you find a center with a Perimeter rating of 1 and he still has a decent rating -- then he's probably exceptional in other areas. This also goes for having a point guard shot blocker as well.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Cameron said...

I just read your article a little closer. You do get credit for offering a scholarship earlier after you contact a guy. So it is worth a little something to go early. Just be realistic. If you are shooting for a stud at one position, skimp on another to save money.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said "You don't want to receive a practice penalty for having too many recruits." Dont you mean walkons?

9:30 PM  
Blogger la287 said...

Yes, I did. Thanks for pointing that out.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous colorblind79 said...

can you really go up a level, even at the end of the recruiting period? I just tried to go after some DI guys (I just started at DII), when there's 10 hours left, and they just flat-out rejected my phone calls. These were lower-level DI guys...

11:09 AM  
Blogger la287 said...

Yes, I believe it's possible to grab recruits from the division above you. You may want to try waiting until there are only three or four cycles left and go after lower-level guys that aren't considering other DI teams.

5:09 PM  

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