PRA - Prospective Recruited Athlete

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  1. topnotch

    topnotch Member

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    DS called Admission Officer regarding no athletic question for his app and during the telecon he was told that his app was marked PRA. He recently had some communication with coach, not positive but not negative,,,anybody offer any thoughts.
     
  2. tug_boat

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    Hummmm...

    What sport and does he have a nom?


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  3. SuaSponte

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    Prospective is the key word here; if you are in a coaches database through any avenue (although he probably filled out the questionnaire) you will show up as a PRA. Unless your son is seriously talking with the coach it is unlikely he is a recruit.
     
  4. topnotch

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    That's what I thought ! USMA's loss is another academy's gain !
     
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    For potential recruited athletes, they need to start early. By this time of year, the coaches pretty much have their top recruits identified and they are actively working to get them admitted. If you think that you are going to come along now and jump to the top of their attention, consider: 1) are you really that much better than everyone else they are looking at, 2) have you demonstrated commitment to their program, 3) have you demonstrated commitment to WP and the Army, 4) do they have enough time to really make a good evaluation of your potential to play D1 sports, be a good cadet, and be a good Army officer.

    If you are a junior (or even a sophomore), you can start reaching out to the coaches now to build that relationship. Look into the summer sports camps. Find out where they recruit (like specific national/invitational events). It's a long pipeline, so starting early is key.

    If you are a senior, then you may still have a shot, but don't expect to jump over everyone that they are working now. You've got to look at those questions and communicate the right answers to them. If you sit back and wait for the coaches to determine it, most likely you'll have a TWE first.

    For topnotch, welcome to the real world. Your DS might have been a big fish in your state, but maybe not so much when looking nationally. Could also be that one of those other SA's already called dibs on your DS. Usually the athletic departments make an informal pact not to actively steal each other's prospects. Might want to revisit what your DS told to the coach that got that lukewarm reply. Seeing how being recruited seems to be more important than the SA and service afterwards, DS probably shouldn't be going to any of the SA's because his intentions are in the wrong place. If he was that good and really wanted to be an Army officer, he'd look past the non recruitment, and walk onto the team like some 10-15% of the corps does. 25% of the corps plays D1 athletics, but I guarantee you that WP doesn't bring all of them in as recruited athletes.
     

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