Prep Baseball Report

The Different Recruiting Worlds of D1 Baseball and Football

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

Recruiting, offers, and commitments drive a lot of conversation between high school players and parents.  There are businesses that solely rely on recruiting news to push their bottom line.  Players want their best fit and schools want the best players.  Twitter and Instagram have changed the way recruits express their decisions and the way coaches can track their progress with players.

Having said all of this, there are differences between baseball and the other two big sports when it comes to the way schools recruit and the etiquette involved for players in their decision process.  Today we are going to take a look at some of the differences between baseball and football recruiting.  This topic may seem self-explanatory to some, but the number 1 question we receive with recruiting essentials revolves around commitments and if baseball players can still talk to schools or visit schools after committing. 

Football vs. Baseball Recruiting: How are they Different

In an effort to keep this entry flowing and readable, we are going to look at several topics and address how they affect differences between football and baseball recruiting.  While we could probably address each of these topics in small novels, we will work to keep it brief and flowing for the sanity of the writer and reader… There are many reasons for everything but this article is designed to give a glimpse and not necessarily answer every possible question.

Roster and Scholarship Limits

At the Division I level, baseball is limited to 11.7 scholarships spread out across 27 players on a roster of 35.  Football will have walk-ons, but they are able to offer full scholarships to all of their scholarship players.  Football programs are also limited to 25 scholarship signees per year.

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