Posted by chapelhillne on 5/17/2013 1:54:00 PM (view original):
If you fall behind in a recruiting battle, it seems like you always get a scholarship message indicating that you are now trailing. But if you are slightly behind and do a small amount of recruiting to pull slightly ahead, do you also always get a scholarship offer message saying that you are ahead? I am curious to see if anyone knows the answer to this.
The answer is no ... and yes ... eventually.
Battling a sim, I got the #4 message- "It would be an honor to play for you Emory, but I'd be honored to play for a couple of other schools too. I'm sorry, I just need more time."
This message has been assumed to mean I was slightly behind.
Next cycle I sent a promised start ($10) and a letter ($15). The promised start was accepted, but I got no new scholarship message. I assumed I was still behind. I only had $10 remaining.
Next cycle I sent the guaranteed 20 minutes ($10). I got no response and no new scholarship message. Based on not getting a new scholarship message and having no $ left, I figured I likely was going to lose.
Never checked back again until 24 hours after signings started.
And here's what happened ...
The cycle before signings started ( and 6 cycles after my last effort) , I got a scholarship message ... "Coach, you're my #1 school right now and if I could sign today, I would. Stupid WCAA and their regulations."
And 7 cycles later he finally signed with me. Again, with no further effort.
I would conclude you do NOT always get a new scholarship if you only move a little ahead ... but you will get one eventually (which really isn't that helpful).
And I would say that message #4 doesn't always mean you're behind. My conclusion would be message #4 indicates close to a dead heat ... and even though I put a little more effort in, I didn't get another new scholarship message because it was still virtually a dead heat ... but there must be a "time" element where they eventually will declare you ahead (in this case the cycle before signings).