I've spent many hours over the course of Son's HS baseball career helping him working/worrying with recruiting- videos, social media, showcases, coach communications, etc... He was committed to an SEC school going into his junior year, so of course recruiting stopped at that point. Long story short he got sick prior to Junior season, lost a bunch of weight and was out for the beginning of the season, came back too soon without enough functional strength to throw 90+ anymore, velo was down to low 80s and he was experiencing some pain. There was no actual injury, just didn't take the time off to get strong and get his mechanics back to where they needed to be. He felt the need to compete at Jupiter and the wheels came off, SEC school caught wind and pulled their offer. Son shut down completely to rehab, of course no schools were interested anymore so he committed to the local JUCO.
After working his ass off rehabbing this winter and early spring, he came back throwing harder than ever (topping at 92, sitting 88-89) so I took video of his first start and threw it up on Twitter. THAT SAME DAY he had college coaches calling him and his summer coach and less than a month later he signed an NLI to a Big East school that had been following him last year. He'll be going this fall.
All the work put in to worrying about his recruiting for years and it came to a worthless verbal. Hard work, a great performance and a tweet and he's going to play baseball for a great school that will fit him better than the SEC ever could have.
Not sure I have a point here other than everything happens for a reason and the adage of "Doesn't Matter, Get Better" is about the truest thing I've ever heard.