Jan 21, 2013; Fairhope AL, USA; Alabama head coach Nick Saban signs autographs for local fans following the Senior Bowl south squad practice at Fairhope municipal stadium. Saban was in town to watch his former players perform for NFL coaches and scouts. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Football Recruiting's Newest Trend: Letters Upon Letters

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Maybe, that is not quite what they are doing but it is strange that this form of outdated communication has become a new recruiting tool in the arsenal of major college coaches.

This new trend gained notoriety when 2013 recruit Alvin Kamara received 105 letters from Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. 2014 recruit Andrew Williams received 150 letters from Tennessee recently. College recruiting has always been about pushing the boundaries but with the excessive amount of letters, what is the point?

What can be said in 105 or 150 personal letters that cannot be said in 5? At first, the recruit definitely feels like he is being shown the “love”. But, after he gets to #99 does it just get repetitive? Do the recruits even read them all or do they become like comic books for recruits? One recruit can brag that he has 76 of the Ole Miss edition.

Recruiting is about personal relationships. The majority of the time, the recruit goes to where he feels most comfortable. A relationship cannot be built through stamps. It has to be built with personal touch. This just does not feel very personal. It feels like junk mail.

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