Recruiting Insight by: Trosky Baseball

12-24-13

Recruiting is a two-way street, the student athlete recruits the college coaches and their program and the college coaches recruit the student athlete. Many players make the mistake of not doing their part in the recruiting process by failing to recruit the college program(s) they’re interested in. Through my experience of being involved in the recruiting process as a former college coach, from running showcases, and from working over 50 college prospect camps over the past 12 years, my experiences have given me valuable recruiting insight that’d like to share with you.

First of all, no matter the level of the player, DIII, DII, or for even DI prospects, it is important for all projectable college players to be proactive in the recruiting process. In 2013, within Trosky Baseball select travel teams, over 40 players early committed to major colleges and universities (before the start of the 2014 high school season).

The key to becoming a college commit is to be committed to the process, and the recruiting process is a process, meaning it takes time, patience, and commitment. These 40 plus early college commits worked hard and understood the importance of being proactive within the recruiting process.

Keep in mind that for many players perusing playing baseball at the next level, along the journey unexpected doors open and close and player’s perspective often times changes. With this in mind, I encourage and challenge all players not to rule out any particular college (no matter the level) until they’ve done their homework and studied to find out if the college and the baseball program is a good fit for them.

One of the main ways of being proactive in the college recruiting process is to attend college prospect camps. Players often ask me two questions about attending College Prospect Camps. The first question is how beneficial are they to attend. The second question is which camps should they consider attending.

These two questions often arise because most high school players (going into their junior year) receive numerous camp email invites, because budgets are limited, and because players just aren’t sure if the camps are worth attending. Note: when referring to college prospects camp I am referring to individual prospect camp held by specific colleges. For example, Fresno State Winter Prospects camp held in December, open to all high school players.

My response to the two questions are, 1) college prospects camps are one of the most productive and informative ways to spend money within the recruiting process, and 2) before players attend specific camps, they should create a list of colleges (between 10 and 20) that they feels are a good fit for them. The 4 categories in order of importance to determine if a college is a good fit are:

  1. Academic Fit
  2. Financial Fit
  3. Athletic Fit
  4. Social Fit

After the list is made, decide what camps to attend according to what colleges from their list they feel is a good fit.

Below I have listed some of the benefits of attending college prospects camps.

Attending College Prospect Camps Are Beneficial Because:

  1. In today’s recruiting world, prospects camps are one of the main sources of signing players. For example, over half of the 2013 Stanford Cardinals came from the Stanford Prospect Camps.
  2. Attending prospect camps allow players to meet the coaching staff and vice versa. Often times at showcases camps, showcase tournaments, and at high school games, only one coach on staff attends. After a college coach watches a player and lists him as a strong follow, the college coach typically invites the specific player to their prospect camp, wanting to get to know them better as an athlete, as a person, and to give the other coaches on staff a chance to create an opinion of the player. If the staff concludes that the player is what they’re looking for, a scholarship offer may follow. Note: in the year of 2013, college coaches have made more scholarship offers to younger players and have made more scholarship offers more frequently then ever before.
  3. Attending prospect camps players get to know the entire coaching staff. This is important from the player’s perspective. It is especially beneficial to get to know the head coach and or the associate head coach on staff. Both the head coach and the associate head coach are driving force of the team and the team’s culture and philosophy derive from them. The head coach and or the associate head coach typically attend their prospect camps and they also usually speak to the players and parents about the camp, the college, and about their program. Learning specifics about a college program helps the player decide if the particular baseball program is the right fit for them.
  4. Attending prospect camps, especially overnight camps, gives players a feel for the college campus, the college dorms, the college cafeteria, the college community, and the overall college environment.
  5. Attending prospect camps give the college coaches multiple days to evaluate and to create a clear opinion of the attending players giving them an objective projection of how specific players would fit into their program.
  6. Attending prospect camps give the college coaches and opportunity to work one on one with the players, interacting with them and learning the player’s attitude, aptitude, coachability, and body awareness.
  7. Attending prospect camps build relationships amongst the player and parents to the college coaches. When relationships are built player become known by name and this is huge when reaching out to coaches at a later date. When relationships are made, coaches are much more likely to return phone calls and emails. Also college coaches can legally interact with the players and parents during the duration of the camp. This is not the case at showcase tournaments and at high school games.

Through these several examples, it is evident that attending college prospects camps is a beneficial way to be proactive in the recruiting process. To get signed up for a college prospect camp, go to the college’s websites that you interest in. And remember, before attending prospect camps, get into the best shape you can to be prepared to show you’re “A” game.

In closing I’d like to give advice to multiple sport athletes. Multiple sport athletes don’t have the luxury of always being in top baseball shape when many of the prospect camp are held. Therefore regardless the time of year, get into the best shape as possible, get out and get noticed.

For information on Trosky 30 College Showcase Camps, go to Troskybaseball.com

Remember everyone’s journey is a journey, therefore buckle up and enjoy the ride!

DCBA
Nate Trosky
Trosky Baseball.