good thread, good questions. several points - kind of working back to front.
for starters - killbatman - i could be wrong, but i think the coach you were talking to was actually misquoting me. there was a thread a while back discussing the value of SVs, and i explained that the community perception on the value of SVs is way off - generally, people think they are worth a lot less than they are. in truth, about 2.5-3 SVs are equal to about 1 HV - but that is generally speaking. i went on to explain that the reason I think the community is so far off in their perception of SVs (people have guessed 5:1-10:1, even great coaches have pushed 10:1), is because of pulldowns. you used to be able to pull players down easily, and my belief was that when old admin changed that, he put an artificial reduction in place, for any effort going from schools to players yet to drop to them. i think i estimated that at around 5x... anyway, because of this, i think coaches feel SVs are not worth a lot - you do all these SVs, a player drops, still isnt considering you - they must not be worth anything! but no - they are- its just artificially reduced - same with calls/letters to pulldown players. it actually goes further than a simple ~5x reduction - the reduction appears to be higher with multiple teams going after a player, although im not sure how that works.
anyway, there was some skepticism, so someone sent a ticket and seble confirmed my theory. so, i think the coach you were talking to must have seen that, but got it wrong, there is recruiting value from SVs, its just seriously diminished.
now, back to the main question. when you try to pull a guy down, and dont, that has no impact on when he drops to you. he wont drop any faster because you were needed to do 14 SVs and only did 13SVs. however, the effort you have done does count towards getting considered (and in battles and anything else). its just that the effort you put in to get them to drop, just wasn't worth much.