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Ask Coach Taylor – My son is a sophomore, and is planning on going to a State School with a good DIII baseball program and the coach really wants him. If he does get better, can he transfer to a DI or DII school after a year or two or would he be better off starting at a Junior College? Do DI schools or scouts look for kids from DIII programs?

My son is a sophomore and is planning on going to a State School with a good DIII baseball program and the coach really wants him.  If he does get better, can he transfer to a DI or DII school after a year or two or would he be better off starting at a Junior College?  Do DI schools or scouts look for kids from DIII programs?  His hopes are to play baseball after college.

This is a really great question, and can be really hard to answer.  I’d say that baseball coaches do not go to DIII programs to recruit to their own programs.  Many people choose DIII programs as a four-year decision.  If your son has his sights set on big DI baseball programs, I’d say get in contact with coaches now and start relationships with them, and get them out to watch your son.  Getting a skills video for them to watch of him will also be crucial in this process.  So to gain exposure, get a video made of your son and his stats that he can send out to all the DI thru Junior College coaches he wants.  But ultimately, if he decides he wants to go somewhere before going DI, Junior College would be a better bet than a DIII school.  Also, DIII coaches are looking to recruit players that want to stay there all 4 years to play on their team.  But as of now, your son is young enough to still get his name out there to DI coaches and possibly be able to go there right from high school!

You can always send your recruiting questions to askcoachtaylor@ncsasports.org

You can also get your questions answered directly by contacting an NCSA Recruiting Coordinator at 866-579-6272

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