Question: In recruiting,does it help when the parents are alumni of the college?
Answer: Unfortunately, this is a bit of an apples and oranges situation. At some colleges, having parents or grandparents as alumni---creating a "legacy" admission scenario---might definitely help with admission. However, when it comes to recruiting, it would only help if the school had a clear policy that urged its coaches to give serious recruiting consideration to those athletes whose relatives had attended the school.
From a coach's perspective, having alumni parents would probably be viewed in one of a couple of ways. For example, a coach who knows a player's parents graduated from the college might feel this could help increase the player's interest in the college, perhaps to the extent of turning down another program in favor of the "alma mater." Or a coach who knows a player might not be an easy admit because of grades and test scores might choose to play the alumni parents card to help with admissions. In other words, it is possible that a coach would appreciate the fact that a player's parents had attended the college if the coach felt it would strengthen his/her position with the recruit or could help the recruit be admitted.