Updated: Jul 20, 2020
I'm not the best communicator in the world. I'm also not the worst. All of us seem to live somewhere in the middle to varying degrees. I know that in recruiting, coaches will always gravitate more towards those athletes they have good or great conversations with over the phone. It is very often something that can make it or break it in the first or second phone call. Poor communication can come off as disinterest from both sides. A coach can be just as guilty in this. Some are not easy or great talking over the phone and it certainly impacts those athletes. But is talking on the phone really a good judge of personality or fit for a program? Most coaches aren't willing to make that decision until an athlete comes out on a visit, but by then we have usually weeded out most of the athletes we didn't have great conversations with. By then there is significantly less risk in the visit going poorly; although they still can of course.