Hi coach, another year, another question.
Now that 17's is officially over and Orlando is in the rear-view mirror, we had narrowed it down to 5 high academic D-2 and D-3 schools. But money is still a big issue and we are about 1 ACT point (currently stuck on 27 with a 32 in math) shy of Academic $$$. DD will be attending several camps at prospective schools to gage the girls/programs as she has only to to a couple of the schools on unofficial visits. All seem very interested in her although I see her as an undersized but quick and lean 6' (6'-1") MH.
You have always consoled nervous parents and players that they needn't panic if DD wasn't committed by 17 club season. Just as we thought we were reaching the end of the line, AAU's has brought about a whole new slew of interest and D-1's are in the mix (won the 1st 8 matches then crashed and burned on the last day). One D-1 coach I just happened to be standing next to (I thought he was a parent from the other team) asked where she was in the recruiting process (after she served out the last 6 points in game 1) and I was honest and forthcoming. It didn't seem to phase him in the least, he just asked when was she leaning towards making a commitment. Even when I said 'ideally before HS season but she has several official visits and camps lined up for July and August, he said "I'd love for her to consider us, I'm looking for 1 2013 Middle and think she would fit in perfectly". (Ironically, he said he stopped by our match to watch an OH).
So, the question(s), what would be a good time-line for committing knowing that the next testing date isn't until late August and then it takes several weeks to get the results. Also, should we inform schools about other offers/interest?
Many of the schools on our radar seem to have a "apply and get approved for admittance and we'll talk" approach. Should we just apply to all of them (after a while it those $75 start to add up).
I hope this also sheds some light for those behind us in the process. T.N.