- May 16, 2016
DD will be a 2025 graduate and recently set up a Twitter account for recruiting purposes. Recently, she was contacted through Twitter by a D1 school greeting her by name and hoping she had a great Christmas. The message went on to say that the school is limited in their communication prior to 09/01 of her junior year apart from camps and clinics. They then sent her information about an upcoming camp. DD has never tagged this particular school or reached out to them in any way. The cynic in me thinks this is a ploy to fill out the camp but the excited Dad is wondering if there is a legitimate interest. I'd appreciate any thoughts more experienced parents can offer.
There are certain D1 programs that are more liberal with personal camp invitations than others.... they follow a LOT of kids on Twitter... Send out more individual invites. Who did the message come from? The head coach? An assistant coach? A recruiting coordinator? A grad assistant working for free?
My older DD received a DM inviting her to camp from one of these D1 P5 programs. It was one of the programs that follows a LOT of kids on Twitter, so I was initially skeptical. But, the message was from the pitching coach, not a recruiting coordinator, and she was very responsive when we replied with questions. So, I decided there was possibly some real interest, and we attended camp.
Upon arrival, she was greeted by name. Placed in the group with their 2022 recently committed players (she is a 2023). She received a good amount of attention from the Head Coach. And we left feeling there was some real interest. Ultimately, we did not receive an offer from this school. But I feel we were definitely on their short list... And I don't regret attending that camp.