Junior College- Makes Sense

Why Junior College?

This is an actual recruiting thread with a player I am recruiting to University of South Carolina Salkehatchie a small school deep in the country in South Carolina. Important to know every player’s situation is different and has unique twists.  A Junior College is a great investment because it leaves all of your options opened. Economically you can save thousands while making better decisions as you mature. If you get a 4-year degree from a school that costs $40,000 a year it would cost you $160,000 or more minus your scholarships and financial aid.  You can get that same degree that costs $160,000 for $100,000 or less minus scholarships and financial aid via a Junior College route. Most likely you will get a better offer going to a 4-year school from a Junior College opposed from a High School because you are a proven product with a resume and they only have to invest two years into the athlete with knowledge of competing at a collegiate level versus signing unknownigly a High School player who they are taking a gamble on.

Prospect Email To Me:

Greetings Coach Ahrens.

I appreciate your time. Before considering visiting your camp, I would like you to know something. I have received several approaches to play University Baseball and one of the reasons why I have not yet made the decision is the academic part. For this reason, I have a very important question. At the University of USC – Salkehatchie, there is a program that allows me to complete a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering or at least an associate degree in Engineering or a subject that allows me to transfer the credits to another campus where I can complete the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering or Technological Engineering?
Once I thank you for your time and I hope we can talk again.

Response To Player:

Great question.  I feel any Junior College is a good move for you, I hope you consider ours. Attending a Jr. College keeps all of your options open and allows for better decisions to be made as you learn more about yourself while developing on the field, in the classroom and away from home. The first- year classes are basically generic anywhere you take these so you can get your basic courses out of the way the first year.  It is important to understand some of the classes may not transfer and that should be a big part of where you end up attending school as you are further down the road.

If you are putting up numbers and are adjusting well, then you can transfer to a DI, DII, DIII, NAIA school or sign a professional contract after year one. If you stayed with us the second year you would receive a 2-year degree. You would be better positioned to receive a bigger scholarship to a bigger school after putting up numbers at a JC.  Once a “Proven Prospect”, you can make the best decisions for academic purposes on which program fits your Engineering desire as well as your baseball desires.

Having 2 Years of academics and playing numbers, your resume will allow for making better decisions then than you can make now. If you go straight to a university you can get lost in the crowd and you may not get the chance to develop. You may not like the coach, the town, the school but you will be committed to that school.USC Salkehatchie is small and in the middle of nowhere, nothing to do but baseball and academics.  We have a great opportunity for you to reach your full potential both academically and athletically.  Ultimately if you are not positive on where you want to go to school, what your position in college will be, if you are not currently being recruited by the schools you desire then this route can be of great value to you.

Head coaches at DI and DII schools love someone who can come in and make an immediate impact on their program as they have specific needs and are able to profile the fit that is best for them.  They are willing to give more scholarship monies to a proven player who only has two years left. It is a better investment for them. The player benefits from low tuition costs at the Junior College and the ability to get more funds at their secondary school.

If a player has a school in mind and the coach is not interested or has a better player ahead of you, there is still a route to take to get back on the radar and attend that Big DI program you have always dreamed of.  If you do put up numbers and get academics straight attending that dream school becomes a reality, if not then you got to play and develop knowing you did the best you could and therefore embrace a smaller school with performance-based knowledge.  If you end up graduating from the 4-year dream school, you will get the same degree the player that went there 4 years got and you will have most likely spent a lot less money getting that education!

Kelly Ahrens

University Of South Carolina SalkehatchieCoordinator Cooridnator and Athletic Development Coach

1 Comment

  1. Peter imonikhe john on July 19, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I have some good players here in Nigeria who can be a good partaker of your program.