What if you could learn from the mistakes and success of other recruits and use their lessons to improve your experiences as a college baseball prospect going through the recruiting process? What if we told you that these lessons would be extremely valuable for you and help you find a college baseball fit? Would you take the time to read the stories and learn the lessons? This collection of articles provides you with that very opportunity to learn from the experiences of others. KPB’s player-to-player model is all about helping you learn from those who have been in your shoes and successfully made it to college baseball.
You may remember our friend, Alex. Alex is a recruit, just like you. We made him up to tell you real life stories that college coaches have told us about recruits. Alex’s stories explain what college recruiters are looking for, what they don’t want to see from recruits, and other important lessons about the recruiting process. These lessons are so important, we wanted to circle back on his story and put all the lessons in one place for you to see. Below is Alex’s background story and a list of articles that link to important recruiting lessons you can learn through his experiences. We hope they help!
Alex is a good high school baseball player. He found the KPB website early in high school and learned about what he needs to do to play college baseball. He studies hard and his grades are good. He makes a video and sends it out to schools. He receives several letters of interest from coaches who saw the video. He also goes to a local showcase at the end of his junior year where a lot of college coaches are present. He performs well at the showcase and hears from several more interested colleges. It is now the summer after his junior year and his summer team is going to a big national tournament. On his way to the tournament, he stops for a few unofficial visits and is shown around college campuses by the coaches.
John is a college recruiting coordinator. He spends his summers recruiting and he attends many showcases and tournaments. Early in the summer, he goes to a showcase where he sees Alex and a number of other prospects. He gets in touch with Alex and 6 other players and he arranges for them to visit his school on their way to the national tournament. John is also going to the national tournament to see 25 potential recruits at the same event and he is sure to pick up more names as he watches the games. The event is hectic and takes place at several different high schools and baseball complexes. He tries to see as many of the players on his list as possible, and because of scheduling conflicts and priority players, he is only able to watch 5 innings of Alex’s game before having to leave to see a pitcher who is scheduled to throw. He gets to Alex’s game a little early and has time to watch him warm-up and interact with his teammates.
Without even knowing it, Alex is on John’s shortlist of potential players for his team. Alex isn’t aware, but he and 4 other infielders are being considered for one scholarship. Alex’s chances for the scholarship depend on what he does during the 5 innings that John sees him play. During these 5 innings, Alex can help, hurt, or ruin his chances of earning the scholarship to play college baseball.
Recruiting Lessons From Alex
Lesson: Coaches will make judgments about you as a player and person based on your appearance and body language. Make it a lasting positive image.
Lesson: Coaches want to see you stay in the present from start to finish. Show them that you can stay focused for the entire time you are at the field.
Lesson: Recruiters aren’t just looking for hits and strikeouts. They are looking at how your skills play out at their level. Don’t leave them guessing. Leave it all on the field.
Lesson: Recruiters want to see how you handle the ups and downs. You can make a positive impression on a recruiter, even when you fail.
Lesson: Coaches want to see you treat everyone with respect. Parents, coaches, teammates, umpires, siblings and anyone else you interact with included.
Lesson: Above all else, recruiters are looking for players with quality character who will represent them and the school well. Make sure when they check your social media accounts, they won’t find any red flags or cause for concern.
Lesson: There is no single way to impress a recruiter. Do your best and follow these tips at all times.
Lesson: The most important thing you can show coaches is good grades and test scores. Without them, nothing else matters.
Lesson: Your college decision should be grounded in rational, fact-based decision-making. When the emotion wears off, make sure the reality you are left with matches what you want in a college program.