5 More Things I Learned About College Recruiting – Part 2

Today’s Blog is by Bahram Shirazi, covering 5 more suggestions on the college recruiting process…

By Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Dad and Co-owner at RPP)

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Let’s pick up where we left off with 5 more things I learned about the college recruiting process (please click here for Part 1)…

6. Emailing a College Coach – Coaches receive thousands of emails from high school prospects in their inbox every spring, yes thousands.  So, needless to say they tend to go through them quickly.  Make your emails brief and to the point.  Spell the coach’s name and the school name correctly and then make sure and then triple check you spelled them correctly.  Customize each email as best as you can.  Put your metrics and video link at the top of the email.  Your metrics are what they are.  And if you ask a college coach what’s the number one thing he wants to see in an email beyond spelling his name correctly he will tell you “VIDEO”.  They want brief, succinct emails with metrics and video clips.  I can’t be any more blunt on this topic.

Also, please note that they do not want slang or present day texting-style acronyms like “lol”, “lmao”, “np”, etc.  Write or text in complete sentences with proper grammar and no typos.  Show respect, and definitely skip the EMOJIES.

7. High School / Travel Ball Stats are Irrelevant – I can’t remember a single coach asking my son about his hitting or pitching stats. Every once in a while, school questionnaires request hitting and/or pitching stats but we generally ignored them.  No one ever said anything.  Stats are meaningless to coaches.  So, don’t run up to a coach and tell him your high school ERA is 1.50 and/or batting average was .450.  He won’t like it.

Stats NO ONE CARES

I actually overhead a conversation once when a player told a coach that his batting average in the spring was over .600.  Coach’s immediate response was “sounds like you didn’t face any decent pitching”.

8. Overall Conduct and Behavior – I covered this mostly in my prior article on showcases (click here), but it’s worth reviewing again. How players conduct themselves is extremely important.  College coaches are always watching.  They are looking for mature young men that speak up, act in a mature way, walk tall and demonstrate an attitude that they want to learn and excel.  Your body language and your spoken word (and the smile on your face) say a great deal about who you are. Walk tall, tuck your shirt in and please wear your baseball hat properly (at least on the baseball field).  Respect the game.  This is not a good example.  Most coaches want you to show respect for the game.

Hats Backwards

It’s pretty safe to say, showboats are not welcome; Team players are.

Social Media – Here is a simple piece of advice on social media.  Delete your accounts and forget about social media for a while.  They’ll still be there when you come back to them.  But, that’s easy for me to say.  So, just in case you choose to keep them, keep it clean.  Whatever you post, retweet or comment on is 100% a reflection on you.  And if you think you can create an anonymous account rest assured that a coach looking to offer you a scholarship will find it.  They have their methods, including having team captain befriend you and ask for your social media info.  So, delete them or keep them clean.  Coaches will rescind offers if they see inappropriate behavior and/or material on your social media sites.

9. When That First Offer Comes – This is a recurring theme that I see happen over and over again. You have your eyes on several schools that you are interested in and then you receive an offer from another school that isn’t on your list, or even on your radar.  If you really want to play college ball, given the recruiting math, it’s be hard to say “No”.  But don’t just say “Yes” because you received an offer.  It won’t make a difference if you get to the school and feel like you don’t fit in.  Do your homework.

Different coaches provide you with different amount of time to make up your mind.  It’s not unheard of to have a few days to a few weeks.  The tough part is that everything is constantly changing.  Coaches see new kids all the time and they are constantly making changes to their “follow list”.  An offer today might only be there for a short period of time.  Everything is constantly shifting and changing.  This can be a difficult situation.  So, just be prepared for it.  It happens more often than you might think.  Not Everyone is this lucky:

Player in Bathtub w-Offers

10. Recruiting Video – A good short video is a MUST. My suggestion is 60-90 seconds, maximum length.  Also, it’s not a good idea to play “We are the champions in the background”.  Coaches have little time and patience and they have many prospects to review.

The best videos are those that are a sequence of back-to-back drills (unedited).  They don’t want just the highlights of bomb after bomb.  I also suggest that you place your metrics right inside the video where it’s visible.  DO NOT exaggerate your numbers.  If you list a velo of 87 mph on the video and coach sees you throwing 81 mph at a showcase he will wonder.  Alternatively, you can place your metrics at the top of the email that you send coaches.  It’s better if you and the coach know right away if there is a fit.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series, where I will review 5 more topics…

 

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