The recruiting process can be a grind and not having a plan can make it even tougher. The odds are already stacked against players as only about 6 out of every 100 senior high school players move on to play college baseball and only 2% of those will sign with DI schools. This leaves many opportunities in the JUCO, NAIA, DIII and DII ranks to find exposure and make sure it's the right fit, so make sure you are prepared.
5 Things to Consider Before Signing to Play College Ball
1. Academic - Know your GPA, class rank, test scores, the field in which you want to study and your study habits. Not every school is going to be a good fit so make sure you take your academics seriously when moving ahead.
2. Financial - Focus on academic money and research all the scholarships that are available. Less than 1% get a full-ride to DI programs. There is also family help, Financial Aid and student grants that can help as you are making your decision.
3. Athletic - What type of player are you? Be realistic and set your goals accordingly. Take notice of the top DI commits and see how you match up as far as skills, speed, size, arm strength and work ethic.
4. Distance - Really focus on what type of person you are and make sure to target schools that fit your needs. Do you want to be 2 hours from home, 6-10 hours or far enough away where you have to get on a flight each time you want to go home.
5. Personal - It's important to put this into consideration with regard to mental health, self-esteem, health and being away from home.