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Does recruiting mail from college coaches still matter?

July 29, 2009 |  6:52 am

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