University of Virginia '08 - Baseball
I wanted to play baseball in college, but in terms of being recruited I had to get myself out there and do the work. I had to market myself so to speak so coaches would know who I was whether it be going to summer baseball clinics held by the teams I was interested in, or sending the coaches letters through the mail. I was fortunate enough to be able to do that and play for a very well known coach around my area, which was an all-star team so to speak, consisting of great talented players from Pennsylvania.
We played in tournaments every week and college coaches attended these games. We also went to showcases, which were held by Perfect Game, a baseball tool that enables players nationally to showcase their talent in front of MLB and college scouts. These were held all over the nation. The showcases consisted of infield and outfield drills, a timed 60 yard dash and then games where the pitchers could display their talent. There was anywhere from 30 to 100 scouts there if not more depending on the talent level. Also, I attended national tournaments with this same team where teams from around the nation competed against each other. One was held in Marietta, Georgia and the other in Jupiter, Florida. Playing well in any of these tournaments was sure to get you recognized instantly, and for me, it turned out great because I performed very well in front of the scouts who attended. Once I got noticed, coaches would come talk to me in person, call me on the phone, and/or send me letters through the mail showing their interest in me.
The whole process is intimidating and emotionally draining, but the end result was well worth it for me. After my junior, I began getting dozens of calls from schools around the nation telling me they saw me play and were interested in talking to me more about joining their program. It was a tremendous feeling and definitely helped my confidence.
I narrowed my list down to University of Virginia, University of Richmond, James Madison University, University of Louisiana, Lafayette College, Boston College, and University of Rhode Island, Clemson University, and University of Maryland. After a lot of consideration I decided to take official visits at Clemson University, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia. I wanted to get a great education and play for a well known Atlantic Coast Conference program.
I verbally committed to University of Virginia in September of my senior year after taking my three official visits. I was thrilled by my choice and couldn’t wait to get started playing college baseball. It was such an amazing feeling knowing that I was going to be playing D-1 baseball at one of the top schools in the country.
Market yourself. Go to every camp and play on every team possible in order to put yourself in a position to be seen.
Just play your best and stay confident, there will be someone who is interested in you.
Enjoy the process. It can be very overwhelming, but remember to stay calm and focused.
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