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Does recruiting mail from college coaches still matter?

Sports Illustrated asks an intriguing question in a story this week: Does recruiting mail still matter?

It focuses on former Santa Barbara guard Roberto Nelson, who signed with Oregon State. He kept track of his recruiting mail from college coaches, receiving 2,161 pieces from 56 programs.

Guess how many he received from the school he signed with? Zero.

It's a story that looks at the past and at the future in an era of e-mail and social networking sites. It's very good read for parents and athletes.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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I think recruiting mail matters more at the DII and DIII levels. I was recruited to play football at a small DIII school and I never would have heard of the school had the football program not contacted me. In fact, all of the schools where I considered attending and playing football all initially sent me recruiting mail expressing interest.


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