People make the recruiting process out to be much more complicated than it really needs to be.
There are two major components to the initial recruiting phase (the evaluation phase): your skill level and the coach who sees you play.
There are websites and people all over the place that tell baseball players they will “market” them to college coaches by building them an online profile, putting together a recruiting video, and sending out mass emails to coaches.
There are also many websites where it seems every player who wants to play college baseball has created an online profile.
These players have the hope of being “found” by a college coach.
Can these services get your name in front of coaches? Sure, but the coach will also receive 50 or so emails exactly like it EVERY day.
Do recruiting videos have their place and do the coaches watch them? Yes, videos definitely have a place, and sometimes, not always, will the college coaches that receive them see them.
How are the coaches supposed to know which player is good or who to trust, especially if they don’t have a relationship with the sender?
There is only one sure-fire way to be evaluated and recruited by a school: get in front of that particular school’s coaching staff.
Very rarely will a school take a player on a recommendation only basis.
Usually, if that occurs, the recommendation comes from a very trusted source and the school is desperately in need for a certain position with virtually no time before school starts.
The other 99.9% of the recruits have been evaluated by the coaching staff (usually multiple times) and they believe his skill set and personality will be a good fit for their team.
This brings us to the player’s ability level of the recruiting process.
If the player’s skill set is not up to par with the level of school that he is trying to get into, that player HAS to improve his skill set!
Coaches look for very specific attributes in players, so each player needs to evaluate where he stands in comparison with other players on that schools roster and then work as hard as possible in order to get up to that level.
No amount of marketing from a recruiting service will get a coach to like a player that has sub-par ability!
You, and you alone, have to take responsibility for the recruiting process.
This is what I tell the players in my organization during our initial team meeting in the winter, “It is my job to get you to the tournaments and showcases where the college coaches are, it is your job to perform and make the coaches want you.”
That is about the easiest way I can describe the recruiting process.
Obviously, this is a very basic look at the recruiting process.
There are many other factors that go into the process from both your end and the college coach’s end.