If you've ever been to that tournament in Jupiter, you would know that there are over 1000 scouts there (all MLB teams, D1, D2, D3, JUCO, NAIA, etc.), and they are not looking at just one kid. There are 88 teams that play over 5 days. They are looking at all talent abilities, not just top draft picks. You cannot get this kind of exposure anywhere else.This is extremely misleading, because all of those guys are there watching one elite player on that one field, probably a pitcher. The other 1500 kids in the tournament paid $3,000 to play travel ball and most of them won't be contacted by a single school. That's where the relationship with a solid high school coach comes in. The high school coach, who actually knows the kid, can help establish relationships with smaller schools that didn't happen to see the kid play in a travel ball tournament.
Just this spring I saw Kevin O'Sullivan, St Leo's staff, USF's staff, several JUCO coaches, and several northern coaches in the RussMatt Invitational show up at high school games.
If we're fair to gogeta here, we have to stop advising him as though he's trying to find a place for Carlos Correa to play.
The RussMat Invitational is one of the biggest spring break tournaments in the state of florida. It is during spring break when college coaches can get away for a day or 2 to recruit, and it is a tournament so they can see a ton of possible recruits at one time. It is rare to see a college coach at a regular high school game that isn't a tournament or between 2 powerhouse programs.
The school I coach at had 4 division 1 players, and all 4 guys were seen by these schools in the summer and the fall playing for their respective travel teams. They all were recruited through their travel coach/organization, not high school. Can the high school coach help? Absolutely, and they are often contacted for more info on a kid. A good high school coach is obviously not a bad thing, but getting with the right travel organization with the right connections is more important.