• College Athlete Advantage

Scale of 1-10... how serious is a college coach about you?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018

0 – You’ve never heard from a specific program. They do not know who you are and have never seen you play. You are non-existent to that program in the recruiting world.  1 - You’ve received information about a camp, either as a direct response from an e-mail you sent out, or because they bought a contact list with your name on it from a third party (i.e. Perfect Game, Prospect Wire, etc.).  2 – A college coach asks your travel ball or high school coach about you. There is a conversation about you that makes the coach more aware of who you are as a player and a student.  3 – You receive a personal e-mail from a college coach that is not a canned response. This shows there is sincerity and some level of interest from the coach. This could or could not involve a discussion about coming to a camp.  4 – A coach intentionally comes to an event or a game to see you play live. He has made an effort to evaluate your talents in person.  5 – A coach calls or texts you directly. If you’re an underclassman, he does this by telling a coach of yours to have you call him. By contacting you via phone, there is definite interest. However, many schools "talk" to a number of players they don't end up offering to.  6 - You’re invited to come for an unofficial visit. Sometimes this includes an offer, and sometimes it doesn’t. This is only an interest “level 6” if the coach invited you to come. If you and your family visit a school on your own with no invite from the coach, it would qualify as a level "0."  7 – You’re invited for an official visit. This means the school will cover some or all of your travel expenses. Some programs can also pay for the family as well. For Division 1, this cannot happen until your senior year.  8 – A verbal offer is made that includes some type of academic aid. You receive an offer to play baseball with the help of academic funding. For some programs, this may be all they have to offer.  9 – A verbal offer is made that includes athletic aid. Getting athletic money means the program is spending part of their athletic budget to have you come play for their program. Obviously, the bigger the amount, the more the program has invested in you.  10 – A written agreement has been signed. There is now a contractual agreement that is binding between you and the athletic program.

For more information about the College Athlete Advantage Recruiting Program please call Mike Orchard @ 407-489-7509 or email:

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