I don't know that half the kids transfer? .. that's a huge number. The fact is every year since I have been coming here ( 2009) everyone has to go through the reality phase. Mostly that Johnny is not as good as either the coach , the parent , the player thought he was and their goals were were placed to high. Maybe due to getting so much marketing thrown at them, maybe because they have no idea what they are talking about. So here's the travel ball parent test. Pick either A or B.
1.) WWBA and there are 40 RC's all huddled together and talking, texting, charting , are they "A" crazy interested in "my boy" or answer "B" comparing their fantasy football teams ?
2.) Jupiter WS there are 50 scouts behind the screen packed in like sardines, are "A" fighting for the front row to see how great my sons swing is or "B" trying to stay in the shade.
3.) PBR event, pick one they are all the same..... 100's of RC's ...... every college team represented 10 are standing down the 3rd base line.... are they "A" watching the footwork on my stud infielder and his cannon arm, or "B" trying to check out the sister or mom of a player and not get caught looking ?
4.) Three weeks ago I was talking to a RC and I quote " I drove to Lake point to see a kid and not only was he terrible the team he was on and the team they were playing was terrible. "
Here's how it works..... the big dog gotta eat first.... so the SEC then ACC and the PAC12 are going to cherry pick the best 10-12 players they can from where ever they darn well please. They have the money and they get who they want.
Next are the Big 10 schools, some eastern schools , great schools they take the best from their area.
Then the SEC and ACC come in again later in the recruiting cycle and take players for what they call the second tier recruits.
Next are the mid-majors, not always fully funded, but take the best in-state kids that are left and the Jucos that turned out alright. maybe a few from neighboring states.
If you are not getting any interest from P5 schools by your soph summer and / or interest from national travel teams, or Area Code, East Coast Pro then you should probably start at the mid-major and work down. Of course there is always an exception..... maybe you are it..... Don't bother going to P5 camps, paying a ton of money.... etc.... Another true story..... player was on a recruiting visit to a nice baseball school in Kentucky and not UK. as he and his family were being lead around they opened a door that went out onto the field... and as luck would have it, there was a camp going on.... and that's when I saw about a 50 players and parents have the uh hu moment.....
IF these power 5 schools want you they are not going to invite you to a camp, they are going to call you, they are going to call you daily, they are going to get you to campus "on a academic visit" and make sure they are in the office when you come by. They are going to write your offer on a dry erase board and point to it.
I mean come on, do you know how many emails these guys get on a daily ? If you want to answer emails go ahead, if you want to post videos go ahead.... won't do much good really....
Take your player to a local college and watch the games, be honest can I play with these guys, am I built like this, as fast as quick, arm as good..... and if you can get one coach or anyone to believe that your son has talent maybe he can go to bat for you.... these coaches are not going to give you 60k in money move you across the country to play D3 ball if they do not have a very good idea of who you are. Sending tons of emails etc... it does not work that way..... they recruit you , you don't convince them...