Southern showcases/combines

** Edited for clarity**

My 2020 LHP is interested in schools located in the  Southern US for a variety of personal reasons.

How does he get in front of schools in these locations without having to go to every school’s own camp? He is looking at academic fit first, then checking to see if it’s a potential baseball fit.

I would think it best to pinpoint the individual schools and then find out what showcases they plan to attend...

OR are there showcases where it’s generally known that he could get in front of “a bunch” of them at once? 

The NY Showball, both academic  and mega camps look to draw northeast, mid Atlantic, New England and just a smattering from elsewhere. I’ve not checked Headfirst, nor compared Showball’s Florida attendees (but adding a FL camp might break the bank. Not sure) 

thoughts?

 

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Great question and I'll look forward to reading some answers.  My 2021 would also like to play in the South, if possible, in part to avoid so many cold weather games.

It is important to find out if your kid is likely headed towards a D3 or D1 path, and I can tell you that as a parent there is no way I can accurately assess or project my son's skill level, I leave that up to the pros such as his travel ball coaches and trusted former pro coaches, players & scouts.

Some camps & showcases are more geared towards smaller schools.

SchollySearchn posted:

We live in Northern Virginia, my son is interested in schools located farther south. How does he get in front of them without having to go to each school’s own camp? Is it best to pinpoint the individual schools and then find out what showcases they plan to attend, or are there showcases where it’s generally known that he could get in front of “a bunch” of them eadult? 2020 has not narrowed down his list yet, and  realistically won’t be able to for a couple weeks yet due to end of school exams and baseball schedule. The NY Showball, both academic  and mega camps look to draw northeast, mid Atlantic, New England and just a smattering from elsewhere. I’ve not checked Headfirst, nor compared Showball’s Florida attendees (but adding a FL camp might break the bank. Not sure) 

thoughts?

 

Snowballs Florida showcase is pretty good.

But I am going to be very honest with you about playing in the southern region. If you look at rosters, you will find most players are regional. Here in Florida, besides reasonable instate tuition for state schools, coaches have an easier time awarding athletic scholarships  because of the Bright Futures Scholarships available from the Florida lottery. That means if the student  ( any) meets criteria they can have the tuition paid for  up to 100%. Miami recruits close to the university, and gives needs based endowments to most because many can't or never will afford the tuition as it is private, housing in South Florida is very, very expensive.

As for the many D2s in the Sunshine State league, except 2, are private with tuition exceding 50k a year. With only 9 scholarships available, most families are able to get need based grants, along with Bright Futures helps a lot to make school affordable. The most well known D2 program, University of Tampa recruits and gets D1 transfers. Because the state has very good JUCO programs, they feed into the state's D1 programs. 

So my point? It is that it has become harder and harder for out of state players to come to Florida as out of state tuition is very very costly. It makes more sense for a coach to recruit within state, perhaps those out of state within the region. But the player from the North, either has to be exceptional or folks able to afford 4 years for a degree that can be gotten anywhere.

I am assuming this would be the same for most state universities. 

IMO, it is a parents responsibility to guide the player in the right direction, which would be to attend school for the main purpose of obtaining a degree, baseball being the vehicle to which to help pay for part of it, not place the player and his family in debt that would take forever to recover.

No doubt the weather in the South is ideal. But my suggestion is to be realistic in your search. And keep in mind that the farther south that you go, the less programs you might find as the right fit. 

3and2Fastball posted:

TPM - that is very helpful information, thank you.

Question:  if a player attends a Junior College in Florida for a year or two, do they then establish in state residency?

No. The student will still be considered a dependent, thus it is the parent's residency that is of concern. There are exceptions, but unless he happens to get married or have a kid (among other things), the student will still be considered a non-resident. 

http://www.fldoe.org/schools/h...uition-purposes.stml

While there guidelines, I am sure that after 18, with a verified legit address, drivers license and registered car in state, it's possible. 

I believe that OOS tuition for FL Jucos is expensive. It might be a good path to a D1, but the obstacle would be getting recruited first. 

Maybe 2020 has a large trust fund and tuition is irrelevant.

Maybe we are planning on moving.

Maybe he has a health problem that would benefit from a warmer climate for a greater portion of the year but doesn’t preclude him from continuing to play baseball. 

Maybe we already spend winters in FL/GA/SC etc and residency isn’t an actual obstacle. 

Maybe the other parent lives further south and he would like to be closer.

 

One of these statements IS a fact. I’ll leave you to guess. I appreciate the warning, and your willingness to share your knowledge.  I’m still left with the question of the original post.

If anyone can give me suggestions, Thanks!! 

 

SchollySearchn posted:

There’s more states than just Florida in the South. 

I am just giving an example within my state. You seem to be just learning about the process, so I thought I would give you an idea how it works. You mentioned the Florida Showball camp. The one in October is mostly FL programs, more D2 than D1.  The one in november is mostly attended by northeast programs.

For the deep south, you might want to make sure that your son is familiar with those regions before any decisions are made.

Virginia, North Carolina have many great programs. I dont get why your son is not pursuing interest in your area.

Dont always think that the grass is greener somewhere else.

Huh? If you think that its that easy then check out rosters in the region you are looking for. 

So if one of those mentioned (an obnoxious reply)  is that you have deep pockets attend Perfect Games underclass showcase in Ft Myers.

 

TPM posted:

Huh? If you think that its that easy then check out rosters in the region you are looking for. 

So if one of those mentioned (an obnoxious reply)  is that you have deep pockets attend Perfect Games underclass showcase in Ft Myers.

 

I don’t think it’s “that easy” to find out an idea of who’s going to show up where.  That’s why I asked this in the SHOWCASE forum! Ya know- In case anyone  has attended some and thus have first hand knowledge of who was there. That’s all! 

I mentioned that “perhaps” there’s a Trust Fund. For HIM. Not me. Or the family. For HIS actual College expenses. What is obnoxious about that? I ALSO mentioned that I was looking at the Florida Showball BUT that “adding a Florida Showcase might break the bank”. So, please keep the judgement to yourself. Anyone who actually HAS a Trust Fund doesn’t necessarily enjoy a fabulous life - someone has to be DEAD in order for them to “benefit” from it.  

 

Thanks for the info RE: Florida Showball. And I’ll look into PG Ft Meyers. 

TPM posted:
SchollySearchn posted:

There’s more states than just Florida in the South. 

I am just giving an example within my state. You seem to be just learning about the process, so I thought I would give you an idea how it works. You mentioned the Florida Showball camp. The one in October is mostly FL programs, more D2 than D1.  The one in november is mostly attended by northeast programs.

For the deep south, you might want to make sure that your son is familiar with those regions before any decisions are made.

Virginia, North Carolina have many great programs. I dont get why your son is not pursuing interest in your area.

Dont always think that the grass is greener somewhere else.

TPM, I’m curious... I don’t get why you care why my son might be pursuing schools outside of our state.

We are primarily focused on researching interesting academic schools right now, and then asking “Could he play ball there too?” If the answer is “yes!” Then that school is added to a master list. Regional or not. 

I see that you are from Florida, and yet your son attended Clemson. Was that difficult in some way that causes you to discourage others now?

Interestingly, Clemson is a school my son is looking at since we have family that live nearby and are also alumni. Can you talk to me about how your son got to Clemson from FL? 

The FT Myers showcase is a good one, as well as headfirst, and Jupiter of course.  TPM didn't steer you wrong that most coaches look local, with the exception of the extreme upper D1's, they look anywhere they want because their name is known.

Unless your son is at the tippy top of the player pyramid, you may have issues showing coaches that he wants to be in the south and not Virginia.  My best suggestion is to go to camps at specific schools.  If you show up in Ft. Myers you could just be looking for a PG grade for a school in Virginia.  You show up at a Clemson camp, that is showing interest in specifically Clemson.

SchollySearchn posted:
TPM posted:
SchollySearchn posted:

There’s more states than just Florida in the South. 

I am just giving an example within my state. You seem to be just learning about the process, so I thought I would give you an idea how it works. You mentioned the Florida Showball camp. The one in October is mostly FL programs, more D2 than D1.  The one in november is mostly attended by northeast programs.

For the deep south, you might want to make sure that your son is familiar with those regions before any decisions are made.

Virginia, North Carolina have many great programs. I dont get why your son is not pursuing interest in your area.

Dont always think that the grass is greener somewhere else.

TPM, I’m curious... I don’t get why you care why my son might be pursuing schools outside of our state.

We are primarily focused on researching interesting academic schools right now, and then asking “Could he play ball there too?” If the answer is “yes!” Then that school is added to a master list. Regional or not. 

I see that you are from Florida, and yet your son attended Clemson. Was that difficult in some way that causes you to discourage others now?

Interestingly, Clemson is a school my son is looking at since we have family that live nearby and are also alumni. Can you talk to me about how your son got to Clemson from FL? 

Son was a draft consideration in FL, got a lot of offers from Florida schools as his tuition pre pay and Bright Futures brought his award amount to over 100%. However, son decided to go work under Kevin O'Sullivan ( now UF head coach and #1 program in country as well as last years CWS champs),  was the pitching coach at Clemson who recruited lots of high profile players from Florida, his home state. He was given almost a full scholarship to not go pro and not attend a Florida program. Thats how it works with top prospects.

Sully saw my son at WWBA in Jupiter a year before he committed there.

Understand that at that time 25% minimum and only 27 scholarships and 35 max roster didn't exist.

Why do I know about FL recruiting, you did read my bio, correct?  I am not making this stuff up. Do your homework, research ALL programs in FL, JUCO, D1, D2. And you can also do the same for states such as Georgia, South Carolina. These states tend to also recruit their state players, also because of lottery money which assists the coaches in their allowed budget. 

Son went back to finish his degree at Clemson 2 years ago. Good friends with all of the coaches, Monte Lee a great coach. Very small coaching world. Clemson actually has the ability to recruit top prospects all over the country, on their facilities alone. Just having relatives as alumni doesn't make a player attractive to them or any other program unless you are a direct relation and can receive alumni scholarship money. The player has to have the tools they require for their program.

You asked about  the Showball showcase. I gave you pretty good info. It would not have served your purpose, I suggested Ft Myers, PG.  I also think I gave a pretty good summary of how things work in recruiting. This isn't as simple as it seems. There are about 300 D1 programs and thousands in your sons grad year looking for opportunities. It's all about how the player can help the program WIN.

Cacogal gave you good advice, though I don't agree 100% about attending camps necessarily will get you a serious look at some programs. They are to make money for their volunteer assistants and added assistants salary. Make sure that it's a prospect camp not a general camp, when allowed. Get on a travel team that plays on college campuses. There are a lot of folks here whose sons got opportunities doing just that.

My final suggestion to you is to stop trying to challenge me, but spend your time more wisely worrying about the task before your son.

Any other questions you can send in a pm. Other than that, I think I have explained myself pretty well.

 

I forgot something. For everyone.

Dont send info to coaches unless you have info that would be of use to them.

My advice and always, go to a reputable showcase for a rating and ranking. This info is what peaks coaches attention to further take a look.

 

3and2Fastball posted:

Great question and I'll look forward to reading some answers.  My 2021 would also like to play in the South, if possible, in part to avoid so many cold weather games.

It is important to find out if your kid is likely headed towards a D3 or D1 path, and I can tell you that as a parent there is no way I can accurately assess or project my son's skill level, I leave that up to the pros such as his travel ball coaches and trusted former pro coaches, players & scouts.

Some camps & showcases are more geared towards smaller schools.

As you can see, I’ve only got a little bit more info than what I started with. He’s already playing on a high level travel team that will be playing at colleges, etc. and that my indeed be enough. But, I’ve begun to answer my own question anyway.  The event my son is going to in our own state Sunday will have a large number of NC, SC, plus Tulane. So it would seem, the colleges attending this showcase are recruiting out of state. I’ll get you the list if you’re interested. 

SchollySearchn posted:
The event my son is going to in our own state Sunday will have a large number of NC, SC, plus Tulane. So it would seem, the colleges attending this showcase are recruiting out of state. I’ll get you the list if you’re interested. 

If you are talking about the Dynamic Spring Skills Combine, you are on an excellent path. My RHP went several years ago (weather moved it inside, like this year) and it was well worth the money and time.

Good luck!

FFXfireman posted:
SchollySearchn posted:
The event my son is going to in our own state Sunday will have a large number of NC, SC, plus Tulane. So it would seem, the colleges attending this showcase are recruiting out of state. I’ll get you the list if you’re interested. 

If you are talking about the Dynamic Spring Skills Combine, you are on an excellent path. My RHP went several years ago (weather moved it inside, like this year) and it was well worth the money and time.

Good luck!

Thanks, Yes, though because of a big family event later in the day, he’s only signed up for pitching so we can race back to Manassas in time.  It’s not only been changed to indoors, but moved to RICHMOND, as well!!  🙄 

TPM posted:

Yes the Dynamic showcase has attending schools in the  geographical area, which was my original suggestion for someone living in NVA to pursue.

What? Louisiana is in Virginia's geographical area??? Neither is South Carolina, by the way. Coaches from these states will be attending.

Also attending are coaches from North Carolina and Tennessee which I suppose you could call NVA's "geographical area" since they are states that border Virginia. To the north of Virginia, there will be Maryland and Pennsylvania coaches attending.

As I mentioned previously, there are numerous reasons for wanting to both attend school and play ball out of state. Do you know how much time *away from academics* kids have to spend when they play ball in northern states? It can be incredibly hard on them. We also have ADDITIONAL REASON reasons that are personal. I would LOVE for my son to attend UVA- an hour away! or GMU, GW, also around an hour drive! The thought of having my son going to college far from home is like being stabbed in the heart. But a parent's job is to look past that and help them do what is best for them. If my son COULD receive both an academic scholarship AND an athletic scholarship to attend a school that happens to be out of our "geographical region" but better for him as a person- ISN'T THAT WHAT HE SHOULD DO????

The only question I had in my original post was if there was advice on how to get your name in front of coaches that might not get a chance to see you, or have you on their radar, because you're NOT in the top 1% but you could in fact be a contributing player. I wouldn't have asked the question if I did not have an understanding of the basic facts.

There is no need to continue to try to shut my question down.  I already thanked you for the thoughtfulness of your information, and for the details on the Florida Showball that was helpful. Thank you for clarifying how your son ended up at Clemson. That was helpful information as well.

SchollySearchn posted:
TPM posted:

Yes the Dynamic showcase has attending schools in the  geographical area, which was my original suggestion for someone living in NVA to pursue.

What? Louisiana is in Virginia's geographical area??? Neither is South Carolina, by the way. Coaches from these states will be attending.

Also attending are coaches from North Carolina and Tennessee which I suppose you could call NVA's "geographical area" since they are states that border Virginia. To the north of Virginia, there will be Maryland and Pennsylvania coaches attending.

As I mentioned previously, there are numerous reasons for wanting to both attend school and play ball out of state. Do you know how much time *away from academics* kids have to spend when they play ball in northern states? It can be incredibly hard on them. We also have ADDITIONAL REASON reasons that are personal. I would LOVE for my son to attend UVA- an hour away! or GMU, GW, also around an hour drive! The thought of having my son going to college far from home is like being stabbed in the heart. But a parent's job is to look past that and help them do what is best for them. If my son COULD receive both an academic scholarship AND an athletic scholarship to attend a school that happens to be out of our "geographical region" but better for him as a person- ISN'T THAT WHAT HE SHOULD DO????

The only question I had in my original post was if there was advice on how to get your name in front of coaches that might not get a chance to see you, or have you on their radar, because you're NOT in the top 1% but you could in fact be a contributing player. I wouldn't have asked the question if I did not have an understanding of the basic facts.

There is no need to continue to try to shut my question down.  I already thanked you for the thoughtfulness of your information, and for the details on the Florida Showball that was helpful. Thank you for clarifying how your son ended up at Clemson. That was helpful information as well.

Calm down. States in the geographical area of your location are WV, TN, PA, NC, MD, KY, right?  Thats what I said originally, why arent you pursuing schools in your area, but you left out that you had a showcase this weekend, with coaches from neighboring states. You just mentioned programs close to you. That is very important. 

I am not shutting your question down, but trying to help you trying to understand where the best chances would be to be seen in programs farther down south. And how recruiting is in FL.

Weather should NOT be the most important factor, but rather what program would be the best for a player to earn a degree in the area of study he is interested in. And how baseball can be used to help defray the costs of education.

It's never easy, no matter what program any athlete attends.  If your son is a good student, responsible, mature, has great time management skills, good coaches and academic advisors, it works no matter where you are. If not, it doesnt work even in Florida.

 

 

TPM posted:
SchollySearchn posted:
TPM posted:

Yes the Dynamic showcase has attending schools in the  geographical area, which was my original suggestion for someone living in NVA to pursue.

What? Louisiana is in Virginia's geographical area??? Neither is South Carolina, by the way. Coaches from these states will be attending.

Also attending are coaches from North Carolina and Tennessee which I suppose you could call NVA's "geographical area" since they are states that border Virginia. To the north of Virginia, there will be Maryland and Pennsylvania coaches attending.

As I mentioned previously, there are numerous reasons for wanting to both attend school and play ball out of state. Do you know how much time *away from academics* kids have to spend when they play ball in northern states? It can be incredibly hard on them. We also have ADDITIONAL REASON reasons that are personal. I would LOVE for my son to attend UVA- an hour away! or GMU, GW, also around an hour drive! The thought of having my son going to college far from home is like being stabbed in the heart. But a parent's job is to look past that and help them do what is best for them. If my son COULD receive both an academic scholarship AND an athletic scholarship to attend a school that happens to be out of our "geographical region" but better for him as a person- ISN'T THAT WHAT HE SHOULD DO????

The only question I had in my original post was if there was advice on how to get your name in front of coaches that might not get a chance to see you, or have you on their radar, because you're NOT in the top 1% but you could in fact be a contributing player. I wouldn't have asked the question if I did not have an understanding of the basic facts.

There is no need to continue to try to shut my question down.  I already thanked you for the thoughtfulness of your information, and for the details on the Florida Showball that was helpful. Thank you for clarifying how your son ended up at Clemson. That was helpful information as well.

Calm down. States in the geographical area of your location are WV, TN, PA, NC, MD, KY, right?  Thats what I said originally, why arent you pursuing schools in your area, but you left out that you had a showcase this weekend, with coaches from neighboring states. You just mentioned programs close to you. That is very important. 

I am not shutting your question down, but trying to help you trying to understand where the best chances would be to be seen in programs farther down south. And how recruiting is in FL.

Weather should NOT be the most important factor, but rather what program would be the best for a player to earn a degree in the area of study he is interested in. And how baseball can be used to help defray the costs of education.

It's never easy, no matter what program any athlete attends.  If your son is a good student, responsible, mature, has great time management skills, good coaches and academic advisors, it works no matter where you are. If not, it doesnt work even in Florida.

 

 

Let’s not kid though- while baseball can help defray the cost of tuition, so could having a job. And that’s what playing baseball for a college is. It’s a job. 

I don't argue that. Keep in mind the bigger the program, the harder the job.

As I have told this story, son was interested in engineering.  Clemson has a great engineering   program. They wouldn't allow him to take that as a major, said he would either miss too many labs or too many practices and that couldnt work in their program. UF said business or finance degree worked. 

It's something to honestly think about when choosing a program. Not always on location, but asking, what do I want to earn my degree in. I dont suggest that majoring in baseball, works for most, unless of course you get drafted high after your sophmore or junior year, barring injury.

@SchollySearchn While you are identifying schools, have you received advice as to what level he fits. He is a sure D1 cannot miss? This is also part of the process. You said you are looking at schools & academics first. And if he can play baseball there then great. Does he have a type of school he wants to attend? Big state school? Small Private? for instance has he considered a school like Emory. It is a big school, however they play D3. No Athletic Scholarships, however it is a good academic school and if his Grades are good there is Academic money to be had? If you check the rosters of D3's in the south you will see they are much more open to Out of region/out of state students. It is true the tuition is quite high at many of these schools. However many of them have quite large endowments, and if your son has the academic Chops to go there, money is available. 

If it is D1 or bust, you can go to as many camps or showcases as you want, however you may never get a nibble. You may also get better advice if we know your target level. If you are a D3 talent (no shame in that), you need to go where the D3 schools will be. Many come up north to attend the right camp. 

BishopLeftiesDad posted:

@SchollySearchn While you are identifying schools, have you received advice as to what level he fits. He is a sure D1 cannot miss? This is also part of the process. You said you are looking at schools & academics first. And if he can play baseball there then great. Does he have a type of school he wants to attend? Big state school? Small Private? for instance has he considered a school like Emory. It is a big school, however they play D3. No Athletic Scholarships, however it is a good academic school and if his Grades are good there is Academic money to be had? If you check the rosters of D3's in the south you will see they are much more open to Out of region/out of state students. It is true the tuition is quite high at many of these schools. However many of them have quite large endowments, and if your son has the academic Chops to go there, money is available. 

If it is D1 or bust, you can go to as many camps or showcases as you want, however you may never get a nibble. You may also get better advice if we know your target level. If you are a D3 talent (no shame in that), you need to go where the D3 schools will be. Many come up north to attend the right camp. 

Thanks.

What we have to go on right now that his HS coaches and his travel coaches have told us he’s 100% D1. What level D1? Not sure. Do we agree? Not sure.

We do want to make sure we know, and we are getting that info right now. Had a little bump in the road due to a health issue. He’s back on track now, but that’s kind of why I’m not 100% sure of his ability  I do NOT want to be that parent with the “rose colored glasses” about my kid but, I also tend to go too far the other way.

More info: 

He tried out for and made it on to a high level summer Showcase team which is another clue to his true abilities. (Not the highest team in the area but the second in line- he had a terrible tryout for the #1. (Nerves?) ) 

Participated in a Combine yesterday as PO, and while I’m waiting to see an official posting of numbers, he saw 86 mph and told me he had good verbal feedback from onlookers with his curveball. There were D1s and D3s there. 

He’s a leftie 6’3” 150 lbs. Also plays 1B and OF. (Only did pitching stats for the Combine due to family time constraints for the day.)

Hitting needs a little work in games but BP is always great. 

I personally believe he will do best and a mid to small sized school, though spouse thinks because he’s going to be involved in sports, he will excel in a large school as well. So that is still a question mark. Size of school itself will probably be less important than “feel and fit” of the baseball program, and if it has the academics he’s interested in and that will work with playing baseball.  That makes sense, right? 

Is he a tall Lanky 150 with room to grow or a muscular Man child? (no insult intended) Most colleges you are either a position player or a pitcher, rarely both. However it does happen. 

I would look at academics and fit first and then baseball fit . If he is an exceptional student, have you considered headfirst? 

https://www.headfirsthonorroll...SleMUJwaAqgQEALw_wcB

There may be some schools that meet your criteria there and then some. 

 

Room to grow. He’s still 15 still, while most 2020s are 16 or even turning 17. 

I have only recently heard of HF, and have just looked into it. Looks good too. Thanks. 

I realize that normally it’s pitcher or position. He started pitching in 14U. DIscovered he had great form, etc. I mention his other skills because he’s willing to play either way. He plays 1B very well, so that’s his secondary right now, but has always had a strong arm and had played outfield for a long time as a result. That he is now seen as “A Pitcher” is mind-altering for me still. Lol. I’m not used to it yet I guess. 

In my son's experience, the recruiters tell you the position they see for the player so don't foreclose any opportunities. For example, my son (2019) had a great freshman year on the mound (began on JV and then called up to Varsity shortly after the season started) and right after his HS and travel coaches said he should try to get recruited as a pitcher, which was not good advice. But not knowing any better, that's what we did, although I (thankfully) always had him hit/run/throw at the showcases rather than just pitch. Turns out two of the schools that offered him (including his commit school) want/wanted him as a position player who can "maybe" pitch when needed to eat up innings. His FB was just not fast enough for them.  Other schools (mid-major and HA) were more interested in having him pitch.  You just never know, so in my opinion, if you can play every day in HS and also pitch, do it. Besides, who doesn't like to hit at that age? Just my $0.02.   

My sons both play in the South.  We are from California. 

My oldest started at D1 in the East and transferred.  When he looked to transfer South, he put a video together and emailed coaches.  It was pretty easy when you throw mid 90's.

Not so much my youngest who's much more of a grinder.  He plays D3 in the South.  Best "Southern" showcases he went to were the East Cobb Academic Showcase and the Headfirst Jupiter showcase.  There were some schools that overlapped at both, e.g., Emory, Washington and Lee, Wofford, Davidson, et.al.  And there were plenty at East Cobb that were not at Headfirst, some of whom are less "academic", e.g., Millsaps, Covenant, Georgia State, et.al.

Good luck!

BaseballinCT posted:

In my son's experience, the recruiters tell you the position they see for the player so don't foreclose any opportunities. For example, my son (2019) had a great freshman year on the mound (began on JV and then called up to Varsity shortly after the season started) and right after his HS and travel coaches said he should try to get recruited as a pitcher, which was not good advice. But not knowing any better, that's what we did, although I (thankfully) always had him hit/run/throw at the showcases rather than just pitch. Turns out two of the schools that offered him (including his commit school) want/wanted him as a position player who can "maybe" pitch when needed to eat up innings. His FB was just not fast enough for them.  Other schools (mid-major and HA) were more interested in having him pitch.  You just never know, so in my opinion, if you can play every day in HS and also pitch, do it. Besides, who doesn't like to hit at that age? Just my $0.02.   

Totally agree. The combine he just did was PO but not by choice, just by virtue of having a major family commitment later in the day.  That said, he needs to improve his hitting if he’s going to continue being seen as a position player. So there’s that too. HS coach (new guy) is just using him as a pitcher. A third pitcher, at that.  Frustrating. 

Branson Baseball posted:

My sons both play in the South.  We are from California. 

My oldest started at D1 in the East and transferred.  When he looked to transfer South, he put a video together and emailed coaches.  It was pretty easy when you throw mid 90's.

Not so much my youngest who's much more of a grinder.  He plays D3 in the South.  Best "Southern" showcases he went to were the East Cobb Academic Showcase and the Headfirst Jupiter showcase.  There were some schools that overlapped at both, e.g., Emory, Washington and Lee, Wofford, Davidson, et.al.  And there were plenty at East Cobb that were not at Headfirst, some of whom are less "academic", e.g., Millsaps, Covenant, Georgia State, et.al.

Good luck!

Great info, thank you!

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