Advice to Juniors:
If you are looking to get into a D3 or Ivy early decision, ask the coach how many "slots" he/she has with the Admissions Office for your entering class and if one of those slots will be allocated to you.
How simple is that?
I suppose an evil coach could lie to a simple direct question like that, but I would say the chances are very low............and if there were a lie, it would be a blessing that the Admissions Office turned you down early so you could explore other options than committing to play for someone who is deceitful.
None of this affects your chances of getting in solely on your non-athletic credentials