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5 Tips on College Baseball Recruitment from College Coaches

Baseball Recruitment Tips

We asked a few of our Nike Baseball Camp Directors, who are a collection of College Coaches and Major League Scouts, what their advice is for athletes who are starting to navigate their way through the recruitment process and how to pick the right college.

Here are 5 tips for college baseball recruitment.

Harry Oringer, the Assistant Coach at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts says, “Find the school that is the right overall fit. Academics, facilities, location, population size, sense of community, and food quality must be considered. Not just athletics.” There are a lot of factors in choosing the right college for YOU, it’s important to look at every aspect of the school and find the one that checks a lot, if not all of your boxes.

CJ Perry, Head Coach at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington says, “Know your strengths and weaknesses as a player. Actively research and ask questions of college coaches. Watch many different levels of college baseball to see where your talent fits best.” Coach Perry is emphasizing the importance of finding a good fit for your game, do your research, ask questions, watch games, and find the school, conference, and division that you believe you can make an impact on.

Jason Beck, Head Coach at Montreat College in North Carolina, says “Find a school or coach that matches YOUR style. Don’t settle!” Start your research early, have a good number of Reach Schools, First-Choice Schools and Safety Schools. This will give you more options, allowing you to be able to contribute and make an impact on your new team.

MLB Area Scout, and former UCSB coach Tom Myers says, “Choose a school for the education, location, program history, coaching staff, and ability to contribute as a freshman.” Many factors will go into picking the right school for you, it’s also important to see a route for you to become a contributor early on and eventually a starter.

Brian Hollamon, Head Coach at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore says, “It's not about your velocity throwing and hitting, but rather your desire to play the game.” A desire and love of the game is crucial and evident to coaches. Having great stats is helpful for recruitment but being a successful student athlete will take a lot of hard work and energy. Maintaining a love and desire to play will be evident to coaches during recruitment and it will prove incredibly helpful throughout your college career.

The college recruitment and application process can seem daunting, creating a plan and doing your research will go a long way in ensuring that you find the perfect fit. It’s also never too early to start getting in front of college coaches, a great way to do that is by attending their camps, on their campuses. Getting in front of the coaches and showing them your work rate, coachability and skills is a great way to leave a lasting, positive impression on them. Find your camp here https://www.ussportscamps.com/...

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