Let's say a kid is on varsity his sophomore year and doesn't play much. Doesn't play travel ball in the summer but plays with his HS summer team. Then he breaks out and has a huge junior year, but does the same thing again next summer, not playing travel ball. What are the chances of this kid getting recruited? Is travel ball a must for being recruited nowadays?
If he has some great games in front of the right people (right place, right time), sure... There's a chance... A slim chance - but still a chance.
Why take slim-chances though?