This Week in Milford

July 2, 2018

Soft Recruiting (Coach Colvin Wrote Me A Letter)


I’m not going to pretend that I know anything about the actual mechanics of college recruiting or if sending letters through the mail is still the primary way for communicating with “recruits”.

What else does it say?

If your grades aren’t good enough to be admitted, walking on is going to be problematic.

If you think Gil Thorp doesn’t give a shit about baseball, wait until you get a load of The Colvin Way.

Do you have any relatives that live in Idaho? Out of state tuition at State U. is brutal!

Gil is probably standing right next to you, right? Say hi to that old reprobate for me!



  1. “Casually wander” nicely encapsulates Gil Thorp’s approach to life.

    Comment by jvwalt — July 2, 2018 @ 5:55 am

  2. Letters in the mail is totally a thing colleges do with recruits.

    Doing it for walk ons? Sending it to their school instead of home? Paging students out of class to receive a letter? Asking a player to join a team sight unseen and without even a phone call? Potted pineapples in a school office? That’s a different story.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 2, 2018 @ 7:17 am

  3. @billytheskink — FWIW, someone did mention a couple weeks back that recruiters sending letters to school really is a thing (although I don’t know why a school would ‘page’ a student and pull them out of class just to hand them a letter, since that must be VERY problematic for highly recruited athletes)…

    For the record, the classmates I knew who were getting attention from college programs were getting their stuff at home, but that was back in the 90s…

    Comment by hitorque — July 2, 2018 @ 9:01 am

  4. 1. It’s funny because college coaches “dictate” recruiting letters all the time to students about to walk on… And State U. Coach answering the phone “**THE** GIL THORP?!?” is the most puketastic thing I’ve seen in this strip in a long time.

    2. It’s funny because Pelwecki clearly must have visited the campus at some point and yet he completely neglected the opportunity to talk with the State U. coach, because reasons…

    3. It’s funny because Gilberto can’t leave Kevin alone to enjoy this moment for himself… He has to ‘casually’ be in office when the letter is read just so he mop up the credit and praise because it’s ALL ABOUT HIS ASS… It’s also funny because it once again illustrates that Gilberto literally lounges on his ass all day during school, practice and games…

    4. Just your daily reminder that if Kevin stuck with the original football position he was actually very good at (LB), he’d probably be getting a LOT of college attention right now…

    5. It’s funny because Kevin initially switched positions because he didn’t think linebackers got any interest from the females, and three years later he’s still graduating a virgin…

    6. So did Gilberto make any calls for arguably his best player, Billy Bader? Or is the fatwa still out against him?

    Comment by hitorque — July 2, 2018 @ 9:14 am

  5. P4: it sez “to cut and wash my greasy hair”

    Comment by franku2016 — July 2, 2018 @ 9:20 am

  6. Yes, coaches still send letters, but I don’t think to invite walk-ons. They usually have enough walk-ons without soliciting more. The only student of mine whom I know to have made a D-1 team as a walk-on was a tennis player about fifteen years ago. Vanderbilt took a chance on him for doubles because he was tall and left handed, and he ended up playing second singles. He was a special kid. The day after graduation he came back to the high school to thank all his teachers for preparing him for a top school.

    I’ve never heard a kid paged to the office to get a letter, either. Usually they give it to the coach to deliver or perhaps to the kid’s first period teacher.

    Comment by vaganova — July 2, 2018 @ 11:31 am

  7. 7. It’s funny because if Kevin set his sights on a I-AA or a D-II school instead of a Power 5, he’d be a near certainty for a schollie…

    Comment by hitorque — July 2, 2018 @ 12:47 pm

  8. What has happened in the last four weeks?
    Dafne interviewed Barry, which went badly.
    Kevin asked Gil about Joe Sharkey.
    Dafne interviewed Del, which went badly.
    Kevin hit a few home runs.
    Dafne sat at her laptop, which went badly.
    Gil arranged for Kevin to get a pity letter.
    Not exactly hurtling headlong toward a dramatic conclusion, are we?

    Comment by Philip — July 2, 2018 @ 2:43 pm


    GT 2: Maybe this numbnuts might try attending a smaller school so he has a snowball’s chance in hell of actually playing??

    Comment by hitorque — July 3, 2018 @ 2:42 pm

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