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Not all college “offers” are offers

April 9th, 2013 by jeff graham

I was poking around Facebook today when I came across across an Instagram photo posted by a local high school football player. The photo is a letter from a Big Ten school and it is addressed to this player, as well as the kid’s high school coach.
On the Instagram photo, the kid uses hashtags with the words “Michigan, football, offer” to try to explain what the letter means.
Initially, I thought this meant that Michigan might have made a scholarship offer to this kid, who is a 2014 graduate. But when I didn’t find this kid’s name on Scout.com or Rivals.com — two big recruiting websites for football — I thought something might be fishy. After all, how is this major Big Ten school offering a scholarship to a player who only earned honorable mention all-league honors last season?
Then I started wondering if it might be an interest letter instead of an offer.
Later, I found out the letter was an invitation for the player to attend Michigan’s summer camp.
I don’t want to embarrass this kid, so I’m leaving his name out, but this isn’t the first time a high school athlete has done this type of thing. Often we hear about how “this school” and “that school” is recruiting a kid, when in reality that kid has received nothing more than an interest letter, which schools send out to thousands of kids each year. Unless a college coach is talking to a kid, unless that kid has taken a visit, unless that kid’s high school coach is having conversations with colleges, chances are these “offers” aren’t offers at all.

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