Episode 275 is a big announcement for my youngest son and our family. The name of the episode is "Well, That Just Happened". Sutton has verbally committed to Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and will sign his National Letter of Intent on November 10th. This is the culmination of a recruiting journey that has ran through the COVID riddled high school and summer sports seasons and the work that Sutton and our family put in through these seasons.
I review how Sutton started the recruiting process by setting up parameters to the college experience he might want and then he started building a list of colleges. Sutton sent introductory emails, his Player Profile and email updates as he performed at a high level and did well on his ACT test and GPA in high school. His baseball metrics like throwing velocity, hitting exit velocity, and his speed in the 60 yard dash and his athletic abilities translated into skills that coaches want and need to fill their rosters. Sutton gained attention from D3 and NAIA schools as he emailed those schools and talked to his high school and summer coaches to pin down schools that would fit his playing ability and educational needs. Sutton's unofficial visits and camps and showcases were integral to his options and final decision.
I also do something I probably shouldn't do by comparing my oldest son, Parker, and Sutton to each other and then show some differences in their recruitment paths. Like I have said many times, if there are 1000 high school student-athletes, then there will probably be 1000 different recruiting paths taken.
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