16 Year Old JV Baseball Player Receives 15 D1 Offers After Attending Prospect Camps
LOS ANGELES, CA--A local 16 year old JV designated hitter, Angelo Jimenez, is raising eyebrows after receiving his 15th NCAA Division I offer in the past five weeks. The key to his success? Prospect camps.
“We just knew as soon as we started receiving the emails that this is exactly how we should invest our money on Angelo,” said Justine, Angelo’s mom who receives the email invitations to the prospect camps. “Sure we could spend our money on getting him a hitting coach, but if the colleges already want to see him play so badly, we have to prioritize.” Angelo has a combined .261 batting average with 1 double in his high school career, and has yet to get a varsity at bat.
The Jimenez family has already spent about $10,000 on prospect camps this fall, having attended over 10 already, including camps at UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, and Cal State Fullerton. They’re expecting to send Angelo to at least another 10 before the beginning of his junior season in high school, where he is expected to be a breakout year on the JV squad.
“Angelo is exactly the kind of guy we are looking for at these camps. We would have never been interested in seeing him play had he not given us his money first, but after seeing him field 10 ground balls and get 8 at bats, we know he’s exactly what we need at our school,” explained Cal State Fullerton head coach Rick Vanderhook.
Over 60 universities have seen Angelo play this fall, and he’s already garnered serious offers from UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, and Loyola Marymount. His parents have indicated that UCLA is also interested and currently drawing up an unofficial offer.
“His high school coaches are clearly missing something. We definitely feel our money is well spent at these camps,” Justine added.
If UCLA offers a full ride, Angelo is expected to commit by Spring. Otherwise he will likely hold out until next Fall to make his decision. In the meantime, he plans to attend a few more prospect camps to continue to get his name out.