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
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
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
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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