Shake-ups are common in every collegiate sport but how what are repercussions on recruits?
Recently, a news notification citing a significant change in SEC collegiate softball. My draw dropped as I read the headline that the head coach of the University of Missouri softball program was relieved of his duties. Certainly, to the amazement of the entire softball community, the decision was executed with less than two weeks before the season opener on February 8th.
Mizzou is known to recruit players early. In fact, many of their prospects are identified Freshman and Sophomore season. Truly, the effects of this decision will impact everyone involved in the program including coaches, players and recruits as well as their families.
As a natural reaction I Immediately passed this information along to the athletes under my care. I wanted them to get an idea of how unstable the recruiting process actually is. The lesson to be learned is to plan ahead, but adjust accordingly. Most importantly, nothing – no promise, no offer- is set in stone until NLI Signing Day.
Coaches fired. Programs overhauled. Players transfer. Like it or not, these are norms in much of college softball recruiting. Frankly, shake-up like these are not solely regulated to softball. They are common in every collegiate sport.
Arguably, breaking news like this also serves as a stark reminder of the uncertainty of the recruiting process. Over the years as National Director of Scouting & Recruiting at Prepstar I’ve helped hundreds of athletes navigate unexpected obstacles in the midst of their recruiting. If I can be of help feel free to give me a call, text or email.
Coach Mike oversees the recruiting of talented next-level athletes by helping families develop and implement a recruiting strategy for athletes to get exposure, evaluated and recruited. With over 20 years of experience as a coach and, as former college athlete, Mike now mentors families through the academic, athletic and financial aspects of college recruiting.
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