Could those of you who have been through the process give me a sense of when your sons started getting serious interest from HA D3 schools? And when did coaches actually ask to get an admissions pre-read / offer a spot on the team? (I'm talking about schools like, e.g., NESCAC, Centennial Conference, UAA...)
My son is a 2020. He has talked with some HA D3 coaches at showcases, traded emails with some. Based on what I have read, I take it these schools don't begin recruiting seriously until summer before a player's senior year (summer 2019 for my son). Did your sons have much contact with D3s during their junior year HS season? I ask because to this point, the emails replying to my son tend to just say some version of "thanks for writing, good luck this season." I assume any contact is a reasonably good sign, but is there some point when he should expect messages to get a little more substantial if coaches are interested? And what did "more interest" look like for your kids from these kinds of schools? Academically and baseball-wise I feel confident Chico Jr. is fishing in the right proverbial pond at these schools, but I wish I could get a better sense of which coaches might be interested enough to make it worthwhile to buy a plane ticket so Jr can go visit campus.