We know from recruiting high school players, that the vast majority of high school athletes and parents lack the knowledge and understanding of the college recruiting process. Even the families who experience it with one child can be overwhelmed going through it again with another child. Many recruits and parents just let the process run its course. And ultimately, the college recruiting process leaves them feeling confused, frustrated, and/or left out.
Even in 2018, there are no easy ways of evaluating college sport programs. On top of that, the recruiting process will always be the lifeblood of college athletics. Nothing will ever change from a college coaches perspective. They will always want the best players possible to win games!
I have coached college players and recruited high school players from all over the country, and I am shocked with some of the companies in the amateur sports world. You have "3rd-party recruiting companies" charging over $1,000 to do nothing a player or parent can't do themselves. There are tournament and player ranking companies that claim "exposure" ... all from people with little-to-ZERO coaching or recruiting experiences. People that have NOT WALKED THE WALK. They are marketers not coaches. On the flip side, yes, there are good people in the business, and I support and recommend those player ranking companies and tournament exposure companies. The are focused on serving the athlete.
But, because there are so many "voices and opinions" my focus here is to give you the truth.
I have spent my life walking the walk ... NOT marketing the walk. I never promoted myself as a hitting or pitching guru. I coached all positions. Yet, my strength and passion has always been in the recruiting process and the leadership / intangibles development of the player!
I've recruited 3 players selected in the top-10 of the MLB draft. I recruited the nation's #1 ranked recruiting class. I've coached a team to a D1 national championship. I've been a D1 head coach. My recruits in the Big Ten conference became the conference pitcher and hitter-of-the-year. I recruited the SEC player-of-the-year. I'm the only college recruiting coordinator in the history of the NCAA to land the nation's #1 ranked class, but also lose players from that class to professional ball for over $10 million dollars ... and still be under roster spots and scholarships. (NOTE: most college recruiters don't do that - they over-sign). Since 2009, I am the only college pitching coach to have tutored 3 All-American players in one season! AND YET, I have failed more than most college coaches and suffered hard defeats. The point is ... I've walked it! I've been at the very bottom and also at the very top holding the trophy.
And through it all, we know that recruitable athletes need help. The solution is to eliminate confusion and create balance by putting power into the hands of the athlete by merging data and technology!
COME WALK WITH ME! WRITE YOUR OWN STORY AND CONTROL YOUR OWN FUTURE!