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Honest Communication and Creating the Bidding War
As I have mentioned throughout the entire guide, your goal when implementing this strategy is to get the attention of multiple college coaches on your target list and engage in a recruiting process in hopes of receiving multiple offers. These offers will give you more leverage in the process so you can make the best choice for YOU. In other words: After you have executed the strategy, the ideal situation would be for you to have created a bidding war among multiple coaches and schools. The question now is: What do I do when I get there?
As I mentioned on the last page: take your emotion out of it (as best you can) and be upfront and honest throughout. Do not be afraid to tell all coaches about all the offers you have on the table and ask them if they can do better (always being professional and respectful). Don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Don’t be afraid to counter offer. You have earned this control and have to use it to get the offer you want.
Be honest with the coaches. Don’t lie about other offers (you will probably get caught and may ruin your chances with many coaches). If you gave them your word that you would make a decision by a certain date/time (whether that is a yes or no), stick to your word. If you counter – offer and say that if they can make that offer good you will accept, stick to your word. If you commit to a school, stick to your word. If you say you are going to do something, stick to your word. You are only as good as your word. All coaches will have more respect for you (whether you join their team or not) if you show respect and are upfront and honest to them throughout the recruiting process.
“This is your life, this is a big decision, go with the one that feels best for YOU.”
Go With Your Gut
When it is all said and done in your recruiting process the best advice I can give you when trying to accept an offer is “Go with your gut.” Make the decision that feels best for you and no one else. Don’t let your parents, coaches, teammates, friends influence your decision in a major way. This is your life, this is a big decision, go with the one that feels best for YOU.