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Non-stop letters are newest recruiting trend

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02:59 PM ET 04.08 | Andrew Williams is one of the top defensive end prospects in the nation. His recruitment is, and will be, one of the most hotly contested recruiting battles in the nation. Coaches will be bending over backwards to sign a player like him. Maybe it is more realistic to say that coaches will be getting hand cramps to sign him. The most recent trend in college recruiting is personal letters. With the USPS struggling to stay afloat, college coaches are doing to do their best to help their postal carriers out. Maybe, that is not quite what they are doing but it is strange that this form of outdated communication has become a new recruiting tool in the arsenal of major college coaches.

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April 9, 2013  01:19 AM ET

Hand cramps? Please... nobody's actually writing anything. These guys have a "handwritten" letter format that they follow but regardless of how sloppy the letter looks, it is most definitely a copy.


Google Mississippi State's " you're a baller" recruiting letter, or the Wolfpack's "NC State needs=ballers, you=baller " recruiting blueprint. They're supposed to look handwritten but they're clearly copies, since multiple recruits of each school got the exact same 'personalized' letter.

April 9, 2013  06:50 AM ET

Mama always said that there's no more powerful way to communicate your sincerity than with a handwritten letter, note, or card.

April 9, 2013  08:14 AM ET

This will stop being an issue when this generation of recent college grads become coaches. Most of them cannot write in cursive. It's seldom taught in schools as it is deemed unnecessary due to our modern means of communication.

April 9, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Since we signed Alvin Kamara, it looks like it does not hurt.

April 9, 2013  09:48 AM ET

A note to go along with the money. What a nice touch.

April 9, 2013  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

A note to go along with the money. What a nice touch.

The really efficient ones just write the note on the outside of the brown paper bag with the money inside. Very eco-friendly, and highly recommended on p. 34, Section B, paragraph 4 in "The SEC Cheater's Handbook and Tree-Hugger Guide".

April 9, 2013  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This will stop being an issue when this generation of recent college grads become coaches. Most of them cannot write in cursive. It's seldom taught in schools as it is deemed unnecessary due to our modern means of communication.

Block lettering in text shorthand, e.g. "U a bllr!"

April 9, 2013  12:18 PM ET

It seems apropos that a pic of Lucifer's Vessel accompanies the thread topper.

April 9, 2013  01:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Mama always said that there's no more powerful way to communicate your sincerity than with a handwritten letter, note, or card.

Your Mama is corrrect

 
April 9, 2013  03:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

A note to go along with the money. What a nice touch.

This! :-)

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