Recruited Athlete

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  1. BOBBY_J

    BOBBY_J Member

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    I recently talked to my malo and he told me that my file was to go before the USMA football coaches and Major Childers(the Regional Director for recruited athletes) sometime this upcoming week or the next. I sent my game film to the coaches and also updated stats and awards. I am really nervous although i know this is out of my hands now but is there anything i can do to help my case other than just wait?:confused:
     
  2. Just_A_Mom

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    Wait. Good Luck, if you have what they are looking for in football then depending on the strength of your package you may be offered an appointment to USMAPS or to USMA.

    I am kind of surprised your MALO is still talking to you since you are now being recruited. Any questions you have going forward should be directed to Major Childers.
    Hang in there!
     
  3. Grannie

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    If you are truly a recruited athlete, please listen to JAM regarding your contacts with the school.

    There are VERY strict NCAA guidelines about when, how frequent, quiet periods of time, etc., that contacts can be made with athletes. Please go to the NCAA site and familiarize yourself with those rules. Our boy was highly recruited, my husband had to become an expert with the NCAA rules. I haven't read them for a few months since our boy commited to WP but here is a common example. You can pretty much call them anytime; and if you are fortunate, you will be able to talk to them. However if you get their voice mail, (according to the NCAA rules), they may/may not be able to return your call. Another one is texting the coaches is a really big no-no anytime but you or a coach can send email correspondence and they can freely respond. The NCAA rules are a little quirky but are seriously enforced.

    By the way if I recall correctly, contacts with all areas count as contacts with an athlete and there have been NCAA member-schools that have gotten in trouble for that because one hand didn't know what the other hand was doing.

    In my effort to be brief, this note may be a little convoluted but please go to the NCAA website and read everything thoroughly for yourself.
     
  4. BOBBY_J

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    so is that why my regional director hasnt been emailing me back?
     
  5. crs_mom

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    It is not against the rules for MAJ Childers to email you. Do you know for sure that MAJ Childers has your file ?
     
  6. Doctor D

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    Bobby, A couple of questions before I post a response. Did you attend a combine? Have you met with the head coach? Have you made an unofficial visit with the coaches or an official visit? There is a difference in being recruited and trying to be recruited.
     
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    Doctor D is right Bobby. It should be pretty clear if you are being actively recruited by any school, especially at this point in your senior year.
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

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    Let me back up a bit.
    Bobby - if/when the coach makes contact with you - then you are a recruit. You might be a "soft" recruit but still a recruit. Since you made contact with the coach, you are a prospect.
    Since Maj Childers has taken over your file - admissions is looking to get you in as a recruited athlete. It is still possible at this late date to be "recruited". While most division I programs have signed their players - West Point must rely on verbal commitments. They lose recruits every year to changed minds and injuries. If you have some qualities the coach is looking for then - they will look at your file and determine if you will be eligible for a direct appointment or USMAPS.

    NCAA limits contacts by school representatives and there are some pretty strict rules but, a prospect can initiate contact at any time. The rules get complicated and they are dependent on the sport and the calendar. That is why they have a dedicated Regional Commander. You should continue to address your questions to Maj Childers, but recognize this is his busy season. If he isn't getting back to you yet - it's because he doesn't know anything yet.
    Hang in there - admissions is working long days.
     
  9. crs_mom

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    West Point had around 40 recruited football athletes sign on National Letter of Intent day on Feb 3. Although West Point does not particpate in the NLI , they do ask their recruits to pledge their intent.
     
  10. Just_A_Mom

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    Yes they do, however it is not binding by either party. Some of those may not even have appointments yet. For instance, a football recruit signs on Feb 3 needing a medical waiver and the waiver is denied - he won't get an appointment.
    West Point does not announce their recruits officially to the press until R-Day. Athletes may make an announcement on their own, however.
     
  11. BOBBY_J

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    First off..yes. i am a recruited athlete. I have been in contact with the coaches but lately i havent received any sort of emails back. I will call them tonight after track practice and see if i can find out the info i need. :biggrin:
     
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    if your recruited why dont you have an LOA? I'm friends with a bunch of recruited athletes from SLS and they all got LOA's almost as soon as the recruitment was final. And were among the first to get Appts.

    Besides its past signing day anyhow! Are you sure your they didnt offer you a prefered walk on? cause thats what they told me!
     
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    You don't always get an LOA just cause your recruited. One might lack in the areas of academics or something, which would affect your competitiveness. My friend got recruited for water polo I believe and he did not get an LOA(this was for AFA). Congrats Bobby_J!:thumb:

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  14. Just_A_Mom

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    Not all recruited athletes get LOA's. He is a "soft recruit".
     
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    I didnt get an LOA. I was recruited my junior year and since then have been enthrawled by the academy. I am a "soft recruit" however meaning i am not a world class athlete but still could play division I at the academy hopefully after a year (freshman) of hard work. I feel that my academics are "good enough" a phrase i hate to use.
     
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    If you will accept Prep school then make sure Maj Childers knows that.
     
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    I have tried to email him with no luck. He hasnt replied. I know he is busy and all but it stinks because I cant call him as a result of my geographic location. The admissions office closes at 2:45 eastern time. I live in NM and m on Mountain time a full 2 hours behind so every time I call him i get his voice mail.
     
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    With the prep school, Lets say I go there, Play football and have an injury (highly possible in the sport) will i be able to go to westpoint after my 1 year at USMAPS? I'm talking an orthepedic injury such as an ACL tear or something of that nature, not something like blindness due to a hit to the eye lol!:shake: I say that because i posted something under athletes and injuries asking about what happens with orthopedic injuries and someone told me that if the injury made me blind or deaf to any degree that i would not be able to go to WP.....DUH lol:yllol:
     
  19. BOBBY_J

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    Another question..... When the infamous "THEY" look at my file because I am a recruited athlete is that the only way they will view my file.Like will they not take me because the football team is full even if I have an outstanding file? so i guess my question is... When they look at my file will i be looked as 1. a recruited athlete only. or 2. A regular joe shmo like all the other applicants.
    Thanks everyone for your input. =):biggrin:
     
  20. BOBBY_J

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    Called MAJ Childers and he directed me to MAJ king who told me he had not received my game film:eek: I sent it a month ago!:eek: I quickly got the his address, went to fedex and sent it overnight. it will arrive at his desk tomorrow at 10:30:biggrin: heres the kicker the shipping cost was.......Drumroll please.....$37.18:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: Small price to pay for the chance to attend and play football for THE greatest leadership, academic, and athletic institution in THE WORLD! :biggrin:
     

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