This seems to be a dead thread. Maybe we can revive it a little for the 2018 class?
My son was at a showcase last weekend and had a great time, a pretty good showing considering it's Florida and it was very cold and sprinkly/misty the whole time - the coldest of winter days for this neck of the woods. The showcase director spoke to the boys after each day and gave them the opportunity to shake hands with all of the scouts that were there and then they were able to speak to them, in their attempt to get recruited, make a connection. It was really the best showcase he'd been to in that manner that gave the boys that much contact with scouts, aside from just going to a specific school's camp.
Hoping/trying to get recruited is a stressful time. At the showcase, the boys were told not to worry now, but if their not talking to a school seriously in April, then worry. Ha! Praying it doesn't come to that.
The other aspect he was told not to pay attention to is the overload of seeing friends and teammates getting signed. After playing ball for 14 years, the boys tend to meet many players along the way, and social media has helped build those connections, so they usually keep up with each other, especially with spring right around the corner.
One camp we went to at a D1, the coach explained it was more about the grades, and he proved himself truthful when he recruited two of my son's teammates, one who always started behind him in the same position, but has grades that are not just great like my son has, but even higher grades and super high test scores, like genius level. That made some kind of sense.
Sometimes the recruiting doesn't make sense. We see boys who are being chased down by college scouts that are really good players, but have mediocre grades at best, and are social media nightmares. Is there a point where the player is that good that they overlook the immaturity of his actions? There is so much talk about having clean socials, is that just lip service for some?
We also see some players getting overlooked. Some train harder than anyone around, are super athletic, verifiable measurables/stats, have awesome grades, responsible and respectful, their HS coaches love them, they are starters on every team they play on (HS and travel and guest), but there's got to be something missing. What is the missing link? Is the kid who is a lesser player better at building relationships with coaches? Did he promote himself much earlier and to more schools, or just get that lucky break? Is it like American Idol and they just don't have the "X Factor"? -There are so many factors. Fighting the urge to compare and over analyze is very difficult.
Honestly, the formula for recruiting sounds good in theory, but none of it makes sense when applied in the real world, at least from our view. It doesn't seem to be going down according to the formula. This being our first time around, it really is a mystery.
If you can offer advice or positivity to these 2018's - or their managers...ugh, I mean parents...please do. The ones we know are casting their wider nets, doing the emails, going to the camps and showcases, filling questionnaires, registered for the eligibility centers, are talking to their coaches, their coaches are talking to other coaches....so if you have something to add that can help, something that helped your player, know of showcases or camps that are better than the rest...please share.
Happy New Year! All the best to the 2018's!