2015 LHP, committed to a D1 school, recently contacted by a national athlete representation company (advisor) concerning the draft and (although early) developing a relationship. If anyone has any experience with this, insight of any kind would be greatly appreciated...is it worth building the relationship and pursuing?
I've had 2 sons play college baseball and one in MLB. We went through this with the older one. Its an area in which I do not feel I can give any advice other than please realize this is strictly a business relationship...nothing more. Treat the prospective advisers as business partners in every way and I think you'll get the most out of it.
I'm not an expertand the rules can be a bit tricky. My son is a D1 player and his University has an NCAA Compliance Officer. Guidelines were sent to the players about the use of advisors, agents, etc. I would strongly recommend that your son contact the NCAA Compliance Officer at his school before speaking with the advisor further. I do know that there are certain restrictions on verbal committments in some instances. Without knowing the exact details, I think I'll just shut up now!
If it is a reputable company they will do whatever it takes not to compromise yours son's eligibility.
There is no harm in speaking with anyone, but do contact the NCAA and ask for a brochure (or the guidance counselor) as to dealing with advisor/agents.
I agree with JB, this is a business relationship and there are certain things allowed and not allowed in that relationship.