A Late Bloomer is a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible until later than usual. There are different types of players.
Who are your different types of players?
- Natural Born Athletes: These players have that natural talent and stick out. Coaches and anyone that has an eye for talent recognize these players. You just know that they are going big if they stick with it. This is why you have players committing as young as 7th and 8th grade.
- Next tier are players that may not be in the top-tier but are not late bloomers. These are the players that still commit to your top to mid major schools. They are athletic, they train and they on track in the process.
- Then you have your Late Bloomers. These are the players that have committed to the process of training and playing on highly competitive teams just as your 1st and 2nd tier players, but they are just not ready yet to be recruited. Is it too late for these players? The answer is no! It is not too late for our late bloomers. I love it when a college coach gives me feedback that they would like to see how a player develops. Although, our late bloomers may not be recruited by the top Division I schools, there is still time for them to be recruited.
I honestly feel that one of the many reasons you have really good players playing in your smaller division I, II, III, NAIA, and Juco schools are because of the following reasons:
Players may have fallen into the late bloomer tier. With the recent NCAA Division I early recruiting proposal, later recruiting will definitely work to everyone’s advantage on all sides of the spectrum. Sometimes your big players do not want to play on the big stage. It’s about finding the right fit. Most importantly, academics come first!
So to all of my Late Bloomers, it’s not too late! Continue to work hard and trust the process. The right school, the right coach will see you at the right time!