Diamondbacks West Coast Supervisor Doyle Wilson reflects back on his days as a college recruiter.
Updated: Dec 11, 2018
Doyle Wilson is the current West Coast Supervisor for the Arizona Diamondbacks . Wilson has coached and recruited at four different colleges and at three different levels.
His experience gives him a unique perspective on the realities of recruiting. Wilson sat down with CAA to share his knowledge.
Arizona Christian University: 2011-2012 (Head Coach) - NAIA
University of Southern California: 2008-2011 (Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator) - Division 1
Chandler-Gilbert CC: 2001-2007 (Head Coach) - Junior College D1
South Mountain CC: 1998-2000(Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator) Junior College D1
1. What did a player's GPA mean to you?
GPA was extremely important to me for several reasons. First, students with higher GPA’s tended to be harder workers both on and off the field. Secondly, higher GPA’s qualified for academic money which was extremely important given the limited baseball scholarships available. Lastly, at the D1 level, most schools have a minimum GPA for entrance purposes.
2. Did you put more stock into what his high school coach or club coach said about him?
Honestly, I wanted to know what both coaches had to say about the player. I always thought the more information the better. In my experience, travel coaches typically had more baseball experience and could evaluate the player’s ability better than the school coaches. But, I also felt the travel coaches had a little bias as they were getting “paid”, so I felt like they were obligated to say good things about the player.
3. What is the biggest myth that parents have about the college recruiting process?
Unfortunately, most parents were not realistic about their son’s ability. They tended to think that their child could compete at a higher level than their abilities dictated. Also, a lot of parents thought their son was going to get a “full ride” scholarship when in actuality, it is extremely rare for even the best players to get full ride scholarships in baseball.
4. Did you over-recruit? Why or why not?
Yes, I over-recruited for 2 reasons. One, when recruiting high caliber players there was a good possibility that they would get drafted and signed by an MLB club. Secondly, I was a big fan of “competition”. I wanted the players to compete for positions and I thought it brought out the best in each player which made us a better overall team.
5. When a player came on a visit with his family, what was the biggest thing they could do to turn you off? Impress you?
I did not like when parent(s) dominated the conversation and tried to answer every question for their son. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I didn’t want to visit with and get to know the parents---but my main goal was to get to know the player and what makes him tick. I liked when parents had done their research about our program and they were there to find out if the school would be a good (academic, athletic and social) fit for their child.
6. How often did you recruit a player from one of your camps?
Unfortunately, not very often. It was rare that good player that we had never heard of showed up at our camp. However, we did invite players that we were recruiting to our camps. It gave us a chance to get to know the player better and determine his aptitude when learning new things.
7. If you were recruiting today, how much stock would you put into 3rd party rankings like Perfect Game or PBR?
In my opinion third party rankings are good for initially identifying players. They see way more players than we could and were fairly adept at ranking them. However, I did not put a lot of stock in the third party evaluations, I wanted to see the player myself, so I could make my own determination about the players ability/skill level.
8. How much did you weigh current success versus future projection when recruiting a player?
At the JC and NAIA level it was all about projection. At the D1 level it was all about success. We needed to win to keep our jobs.
9. Why do you think they are so many transfers in college baseball?
Interesting question, when I was at the JC and NAIA level we got a lot of D1 transfers. Most players were not happy with their current situation and felt they would be better off at another program. Others transferred because they didn’t want to wait the full three years to get drafted. They wanted to be able to capitalize on a good year at the JC.
10. When offering a scholarship, did you offer on what the player was worth or what you could get him for? ( In terms of baseball scholarship)
Naturally, we all want to get something for nothing. However, in my opinion that’s not fair to the player or family. I tried to give the player what I thought he was worth.
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