Not sure how many heard the comments by the color guys doing the College World Series. One of the players was somewhat of an unknown before getting recruited by Vanderbilt. For some crazy reason the announcers took the kid as an example of why you don't need to play travel baseball or go to showcases. They said if you have talent they will find you. To me this sounded like a couple guys that have no idea what is actually going on. Sure they are excellent baseball guys, just uninformed when it comes to recruiting.
Yes, it is true there was one player in the game (both teams) that didn't play travel baseball. Of course it is possible to get recruited by power programs without playing travel baseball or going to showcases. However, the truth and proof shows a much different outlook on recruiting.
Being that this bothered me a little, I took some time and went over the 35 man roster of the Champions, Vanderbilt. Here is what I discovered. TIFWIW...
34 of the 35 did play Travel baseball. In fact all of them played Travel baseball in our (PG) events. Most all of them also attended a PG Showcase, sorry I have no way of checking on other travel tournaments or showcases so I can only go by ours. All but one player was ranked nationally by PG while in high school. 16 Vanderbilt players attended the PG National Showcase and 5 actually played in the PG All American Game.
We see Vanderbilt at all our big events and some of the smaller ones. Coach Corbin has been coming to PG events since he was the recruiting coordinator at Clemson. Brian O'Connor since he was the recruiting coordinator at Notre Dame. I didn't take the time to go over UVA's roster, but I'm sure it's about the same. Whenever I'm at a tournament or showcase, I can count on seeing Brian O'Connor, Karl Kuhn, or Kevin McMullan from UVA. We know where they are recruiting most of their players. Otherwise they would be wasting a lot of time and money. And it's not just PG that they go to, but my point is Travel baseball and Showcase events at a high level is a college recruiters best chance to recruit a winning program. And they all know it!
There now that that is off my chest, what do you think?