March 29th, 2013 09:00 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Josh Walker, LSU, SEC, Sporting News
That’s why the NCAA is trying to figure out how to manage the way college coaches can interact with prospects.
But coaches haven’t forgotten their old school ways. We’ve recently seen schools use a “new” trend of mailing letters to recruits. A lot of letters.
Quarterback Drew Barker is the latest. The standout from Conner High School in Burlington, Ky., recently received 115 letters from Kentucky. The Wildcats wanted to make sure Barker knows he’s a priority in Lexington.
“I opened up the mailbox like I do every day, and they started falling out,” Barker told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ It was insane what it looked like in my mailbox. It was all crammed in there, and they had a bunch of rubber bands around them. It was pretty awesome and I was pretty shocked.”
Pretty awesome? Receiving 115 letters at one time might seem a little over the top to some people. But Barker’s not alone in feeling the love.
Athlete Stanton Truitt from Monroe, Ga., told ESPN RecruitingNation earlier this month he received 102 letters from Tennessee. Like Barker, Truitt saw it as a sign that he’s a wanted man.
“It was shocking and it shows me that they think highly of me and really love me,” Truitt told ESPN. “It makes me feel important to them and makes me want to work harder and keep doing what I have been doing.”
The mailbox-stuffing idea isn’t new. Alabama sent 2013 running back Alvin Kamara of Norcross, Ga., 105 letters in Feb. 2012. Kamara, for the record, did sign with the Crimson Tide a year later.
Will Kentucky, Tennessee and others have similar success in the future? Time will tell, but Barker admitted it helped Kentucky in its effort to land the U.S. Army All-American.
“People are wondering if recruits like that stuff,” Barker said. “I’d say if anybody got that amount of letters in the mail in one day, I think they’d definitely like it.”
Coaches will certainly take notice. And while they continue to post messages on twitter, coaches will likely send an assistant to the post office to grab an extra stack of Forever stamps.
Texas A&M leads the way
The Aggies continue to receive high praise on the recruiting trail. The latest comes from Sporting News.
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