Note: I received the following letter from a college coach because my name was on a recruiting website. I am 30 years old and I can assure my eligibility is used up.
Are you on a list or are you getting recruited? There is a big difference.
My name is Richie and I am the assistant volleyball coach and head recruiter here at State College. You may or may not have heard from me before but either way I wan to tell you a little about the State College Volleyball program. A little about State College, we are a very young team, building from the ground up. This fall will only be our fourth season and my second season taking over the recruiting. I strongly believe that you must have strong recruiting to start a program from the ground up. We are very open to starting freshman and to be honest we have much room for improvement. So pretty much if you descide to come to State you will be expected to contribute right away. I’m not saying at all that your guarenteed a starting spot, all of those are earned but you will have the chance as freshman to start and play right away. State is a NAIA school and we are able to offer both academic and athletic scholarships. State is a private school so our out of state tuition is the same as our in state tuition. As of July of 2010 al recruits must be cleared by the NAIA just like the NCAA. If you go to PlayNAIA.org you can register with the NAIA. I would love to be able to send you some information on State College. So if you could send me back your home address that would be great. Also if you have happen to have any DVD’s of you playing that you could send that would help as well. We plan on holding a recruit day sometime in the near future and would love it if you could possibly make that so please let me know if your interested in that as well.Please let me know about any club ball you play or plan to play. I also would love it if you could go to our website and fill out the online recruiting form. I hope to hear from you soon and best wishes.
****I would LOVE to invite you out to State College for a recruit day on March 5th. There will be a full campus tour, meeting with a admissions counselor, meeting with us coaches after lunch and a full volleyball workout. Please bring everything you’ll will need for volleyball. It will start about 9 am on Saturday morning and run for about 3 hours. After we will have lunch followed by admissions and campus tour. After the tour we will meet with each player to answer and questions and let you know what we think. We would like to offer you the opportunity to stay in the dorms with the volleyball girls. You don’t have to but with starting so early in years past the girls liked it, plus you get a little insight of what campus life is like. As much as we would love to we WILL NOT be able to pay for any flights here or home. What we can offer is your flight being your only cost. We can cover all food, room to stay in, we can pick you up and drop you off at the airport. Your parents are more than welcome but are unable to stay on campus. I am working with a couple hotels in the area trying to get a very low rate for this event. Please let me know if you have any questions and if you plan on attending. I would really love to have you here. If you happen to have a teammate that would like to attend with you either on your high school team or club team please send me their info and bring them with you. We are a very young team on the way up and are very interested in any player that is interested in putting in hard work and helping State College Volleyball get where we would like it to be. I hope to see you there!****