Recruiting Essentials

The Recruiting Essentials blog is PBR Plus subscriber-only content that explores how the college baseball recruiting process works  – from the first interaction with a college coach until a student-athlete steps on campus, this is truly a masterclass on the recruiting process led by five of the top 'professors' in our ecosystem.

Our target audience includes high school baseball players that strive to play baseball at the next level, their families, coaches, as well as anyone with an interest in learning more about the college baseball recruiting process

Our main emphasis will be information related to NCAA Division I recruiting and eligibility rules as these are the most complex and having an understanding of these first will make learning how the other levels work much easier.

In addition to features on recruiting and eligibility rules we will also be posting content that take a close look at college baseball recruiting from a real world perspective in analysis, quick tip, Q & A and mailbag articles.

Topics we will cover:

  • NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA recruiting and eligibility rules
  • How to write a letter/e-mail to a college coach
  • College visits
  • In depth look at athletic scholarships and percentages
  • Academic scholarships and need-based aid
  • NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA rules specific to baseball – roster size, scholarship slots, walk-ons, etc
  • Transfer issues
  • Q & A and Mailbag – answers to questions from prospects and parents

Meet the staff behind Recruiting Essentials:


Mid-Atlantic Supervisor

Prior to becoming the PBR North Carolina Scouting Director, Hall spent 18 years coaching at the Division I level in North Carolina. Raised in Raleigh, Hall coached 14 years at UNC Charlotte, including seven years as associate head coach and 11 seasons as the recruiting coordinator. Prior to joining the coaching staff at Charlotte, Hall spent four seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, UNC Wilmington, where he also worked with the pitchers. In his 18 seasons as an assistant at the two schools, Hall's teams have won eight regular-season championships and seven of his pitching staffs have been ranked nationally in ERA, including the top spot in the nation in 2007 (at 2.64). 

ABOUT SAmmy Esposito

South Carolina Scouting Director

With 16 years experience as a Division 1 coach, including 10 at the University of South Carolina, Esposito’s baseball roots run deep across the Palmetto State. Esposito was part of the Gamecocks’ back-to-back national championships and a runner-up finish between 2010-2012. Esposito comes to Prep Baseball Report from the University of Houston, where he served as an assistant coach for two years. Prior to his stint in Houston, Esposito worked as the recruiting coordinator at Wichita State between 2017-2019. Prior to Wichita State, Esposito spent a decade in Columbia, SC - the first five years as the volunteer assistant coach, the last five as the recruiting coordinator for the Gamecocks. In his tenure, South Carolina enjoyed an unprecedented run of playing in three-straight national championship series, winning two. Esposito also worked as the volunteer assistant at Georgia Southern between 2005-2007. 

ABOUT Rob Allison

Upper Midwest Supervisor

Allison is one of the most respected recruiters and talent evaluators in the Midwest, having been the recruiting coordinator at Iowa Western CC for eight years. During that time, Iowa Western reached the Division I Junior College World Series seven times and won three national championships;2010, 2012 and 2014. Since 2007, 80 Reivers have committed to D-I programs to continue their playing careers while 27 went on to play pro ball. Before coaching at Iowa Western, Allison spent seven years at Muscatine (IA) CC, including six as the head coach. 

ABOUT Scott Hood

Oklahoma Scouting Director

With a decade of Division 1 coaching experience, including eight at the University of Kansas, Hood is the PBR Oklahoma Scouting Director. Prior to coming to Prep Baseball Report, Hood coached at the University of Kansas for eight years between 2012-2020. Before his service time at Kansas, Hood coached at South Dakota State for two years.