Question:   My daughter is just beginning her sophomore year, and we recently attended a showcase event  Following one of the showcase games a coach walking by stopped and told her she "covered a lot of ground in that game and has a tremendous amount of range".  He then said he thought she "had a lot of potential".  This was a quick exchange and he quickly walked away.  He then came the next day and watched her play the morning game.  He was from a  DII school and I don't think they were technically allowed to talk to her.  My daughter will email the school but would you consider this interest for recruitment? How would you suggest she follow up?   

Answer:  Since I don't have a full context for this exchange, I don't want to state categorically that this was a recruiting violation.  However, Div. II coaches are not allowed to approach/contact players for recruiting purposes until June 15 following the sophomore year. It may be that this coach was simply congratulating your player on a good performance and he has no interest in recruiting her. But if he does, then I hope he thinks she's a junior and not a sophomore because in that case, this may have been an illegal contact. If they never encounter each other again, there wouldn't be any consequences in all likelihood. If, on the other hand, he decided to aggressively pursue her as a prospect (down the road), he could endanger her eligibility and risk a reprimand for his program.

How you proceed is up to you. Your daughter can reach out to any coach at any time by phone or email or on campus visit. Coaches are obligated to follow recruiting rules, however, so they can't call back or email beyond an acknowledgment of her contact.  During a phone call that she initiated, they could talk about recruiting and the same would be true on a campus visit that is made at your own expense.

If you feel this would be her dream school and that she is mature enough to understand what a college commitment would entail, you're free to contact this school. Just be aware that if this coach doesn't respect existing NCAA rules, it might be hard to guarantee that he follows through on any other commitments he makes.

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