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June 23, 2013
On Monday a group of baseball prospects will begin an expedition. Starting at Randolph Macon, under the guidance of Rich Prado, the high school athletes will begin a four day tour of 21 colleges and universities across the state of Virginia.
Prado, who runs the successful Pl>y in School service, which specializes in creating video 'resumes' for prospects to help aide them in the recruiting process, has added another product offering, the "College Bus Tour". In the span of four days prospective college baseball players will take advantage of Prado's latest service for a one-of-a-kind look at colleges all across the Commonwealth.
The itinerary includes stops at 21 colleges and universities, including D-I schools Virginia, Virginia Tech, Richmond, VCU, William & Mary, ODU, Norfolk State, Longwood, Liberty, Radford, VMI, and James Madison. The D-3 schools that the prospects will check out are Randolph Macon, Christopher Newport, Virginia Wesleyan, Hampden-Sydney, Lynchburg, Roanoke, W & L, Bridgewater, and Eastern Mennonite.
Prado said "One of the driving forces in putting this together was that a reoccurring theme I was hearing from college coaches was that they just were not getting enough prospects on campus. This tour will help with that."
Not only will the prospects view each school's campus and baseball facilities, but they will have the opportunity to meet members of each school's baseball coaching staff. As an added bonus there will be two workouts during the trip, first at William & Mary on Monday evening and then at VMI at the end of day three on Wednesday. Coaches from all the schools will have access to the workouts, giving them the opportunity to check out the prospects on the baseball field.
Something that might surprise is that two of the bus tour student athletes includes two out of state prospects. We spoke with Jose Corzo from Miami, Florida, who's son Joseph will be on the tour. "While my son is a solid baseball prospect, we are looking for academic options as well as a place for him to play baseball, Mr. Corzo said. Corzo's son is a left-handed pitcher and outfielder who has played on multiple state championship teams in high school, but is looking for a balance of academics and athletics when he attends college. "This tour will give my son a chance to check out many, many colleges, and likewise the opportunity for the schools to see him during the two workouts."
Another out of state prospect is Alec Covel who will be coming down for the tour from his home in up-state New York. Alec's father, Jeff Covel told VirginiaPreps.com "We are looking for a warmer climate for Alec to play his college baseball, as well as a school that provides his anticipated college major of marine biology." Alec, a multi-position prospect (infielder and pitcher), has participated in travel baseball and has attended numerous camps and found out about Prado after an event in Maryland last year. "Rich has put together a program that will provide Alec the opportunity to check out numerous schools in a region of the country that he has a strong interest in," Mr. Covel said.
The majority of the bus tour prospects do come from Virginia. One is Palmer Peery, from Roanoke. We spoke with Palmer's mother, Courtney Peery who said "This tour provides my son with something I could never do, he will have the ability to see numerous colleges, meet the coaches and see their facilities, all within the span of four days. I would have to take numerous days off from work, or schedule trips over several weekends and still not get the access that Rich's trip will provide." Palmer attends Hidden Valley and also plays on the Richmond Braves travel team. He is looking to major in engineering in college and Ms. Perry told us "My son is keeping his college options open, he knows at some point he may have to decide between baseball and his dream of being an engineer or perhaps find a situation where he can do both."
Following the conclusion of the "College Bus Tour" VirginiaPreps.com will touch base with Prado and the participants to get some feedback and report back on their experiences!
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