I read the post from PUD regarding "Does he wait from that call from coach?"...and the advice given from a number of members, including PGStaff. I didn't want to hijack that thread, but I'm glad that I read PG's advice prior to making the mistake of having my son call the coach. It peaked my interest enough to post a scenario that others can relate to, and the situation my son is currently in.
My son is a senior 2011 that has a legitimate two-way shot at playing at the next level. He's garnered attention from a number of schools, yet has not received an offer. He has showcased and played tournaments in PG events, and participated in a handful of college camps over the past two years. Bsbl Jr attended a Winter College Camp last year at his "Dream School". He had been receiving typical mass recruitment emails from this school since 9/1 of his junior year, and I/We honestly didn't feel he had a legit chance to play there...BUT there was a number of other schools represented at the three day camp/showcase that made it worth while. He did well at the camp, and received attention from other schools that weren't initially on the radar. He did well enough to not scare his "Dream School" away, and was invited to attend a number of games with other recruits during the season. FASTFORWARD to the present, and bsbl jr has been in phone contact with the Recruiting Coordinator and Head Coach on several occasions. The RC watched him play at the PG Nationals a couple of weeks ago, and liked him enough to invite him out to the school with seven other recruits to watch a home football game (He was invited on the field for the pregame warm-ups), and had a blast! Yesterday the HC came out to watch him at his scout ball game. He pitched well, however he doesn't Light Up the radar guns, but cruises in the upper 80's. The HC also watched his first two AB's, an infield single and a strike out swinging. The good news on the infield single was that he was able to showcase his speed, 6.7 60. The bad news was that he also showed that his approach at the plate needs some work. It was evident that my son was Very Nervous and is feeling the pressure. I don't know if he'll hear anything from this school or not? The Stress and Nervousness isn't just with my son, but is with my wife and I too...hence my Post!
I think a portion of the Stress comes from the fact that several of his friends have already committed. I realize it's still early in the recruiting game, and even if he doesn't commit during the early signing period it's not the end of the world. We haven't put all of our eggs in one basket, and he will pursue every opportunity from JC to D3 on up. He would obviously like to play at the highest level possible, but he has limited his choices to west coast schools, preferably here in So Cal; and as many of you know, that definitely makes the recruiting trail more difficult! He will attend the Senior Fall Nationals this upcoming weekend, and I'm hoping for the best...who knows, maybe he didn't scare his "Dream School" away? We'll soon find out!