Can You Help Take The Headache Out Of College Recruiting?
Do you consider yourself a generous person? Yes? Good.
Recently, I received the following college recruiting ask from one of my avid readers, Alan Rudy:
“Hey Joey, I don't want to step out of bounds but recruiting is wild and woolly. Jack Renkens was invited to give a presentation at East Lansing High School where our oldest plays ball. There was a great deal of really good info in his talk and, at the end, he strongly encouraged us to join and use NCSA. By contrast, coaches at the HS – and people like Paul Reddeck – have suggested that the NCSA can become a very expensive means of getting access to too many, too expensive meat markets/showcases that rarely pan out.
These people say that Aiden should ask himself where in the country he wants to go to school, what size of school and kind of degree programs he is interested in, what kind of social life/college culture he wants and to explore schools where he'd be likely to get on the field before he's a junior… and then to contact coaches at those schools with introductions, links to stats and videos, sending emails from HS and travel coaches, etc.
I can't remember seeing a post from you in this topic. If you have one, could you help me find it? If it's less trouble do you have someone who's approach you like that you'd be willing to share?”
Honestly, the topic of college recruiting isn't in my wheelhouse, and is not where I put my energy. Here was my email response:
“Alan, I appreciate you reaching out about this. I haven't done a post on it, and haven't really spent a ton of time researching this. Back in the day companies like NCSA were a competitive advantage, now everyone does it, so that's why the price you pay can be ridiculous for what you're getting. Supply and demand. That aside, I'd still work it because you don't want all your eggs in one basket. I'd get in touch with area scouts and get an honest opinion from them as to Jack's current evaluation. That way you know where to focus training efforts. But here's the reality, your son cannot be ignored if you're working the process to get to:
- At least 90 to 95-mph Ball Exit Speeds,
- At least a consistent 15+ degree Launch Angles,
- Above average OPS numbers on the field, and have a…
- Sub 7.0 sec 60-yard sprint time wouldn't hurt either.
Not to mention a 3.5 GPA in school! These five things make it real easy for his current coach/scout to recommend him, and a college/pro coach/scout to look at him as a reasonable prospect. In the weight room, I'd work on getting him to a 400 to 500-lb dead-lift, that would help A LOT of things on the field. CLICK HERE to see what this training would look like.
Maybe I'll do a post on this in the future, asking for advice from other coaches out there that are doing this and are successful in promoting/recruiting players and what they're looking for. I hope this helps brother. I really appreciate your continued support, so whatever I can do to help you out. Happy Holidays! – Joey”
Also, I forgot to mention Brian Domenico's National or International Power Showcase – CLICK HERE for a post I did on that. After my attempted response on college recruiting, Alan added:
“If you do the post on recruiting, would you see if you can get stuff from coaches at DIII and II as well as I? Just as you've insisted that most players aren't Albert Pujols or Giancarlo Stanton, I think too much recruiting material focuses on “IF YOU WANT TO PLAY DI!!!!!” kinds of hype and it feeds the exploitative side of your business. It is so clear that you care about the guys you work with however they end up finding success in life… but it is also clear that a lot of guys are too much in it for the glory and money.I've loved the last few blog posts!”
College Recruiting: The Ask…
I've heard that if you want to get, you have to give, and it is the giving time of year. To those coaches, Academy owners, instructors, and/or parents out there, can you offer any advice no matter how small, to parents like Alan? A million THANKS in advance for your generosity… (please REPLY below in the comments)