Bethune-Cookman University Finds Future Catcher At Missouri Junior College
James Hood, a talented sophomore catcher at MCC-Longview in Missouri, wanted to continue to play college baseball at a four-year school. According to MCC-Longview head coach Clint Culbertson, James was also a great student and tremendous leader, possessing both the skills and the character makeup to play baseball at the next level. Unfortunately, James didn’t have the sophomore season he wanted to have due to injuries.
James battled through a concussion and broken finger on his throwing hand, limiting the number of games the starting catcher played in and, therefore, limiting his exposure to college coaches. With the season half way over, Coach Culbertson turned to FieldLevel to get James’s name out to four-year coaches, hoping he could reach as many college programs at which he felt James could play and succeed. Up until that point, James had only received a couple of offers to schools.
“I sent a message to coaches I had connected with on FieldLevel. I knew James was a great player, but more importantly, he was a great student and great leader. I wanted every coach at the NAIA, DIII, DII, and DI levels to know what they need to know about James. I knew he would succeed at any level”
Coach Culbertson said that within 20 minutes of sending out James’s profile to the network, he had received five emails and three phone calls from four-year coaches. From 11:30am til about midnight that same day, James said his phone was ringing off the hook from college coaches recruiting him. Coach Culbertson said he received inquiries from Oregon State, North Carolina, and other powerhouse programs from all across the country about James.
“I couldn’t believe how quickly everything happened on FieldLevel. With a click of a button, I was able to gain exposure for James from programs all over the country. James and I were thrilled.”
James decided to take recruiting trips to University of North Carolina-Asheville and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida. After visiting Bethune-Cookman, James felt it was the right fit for him academically and athletically. He and his family couldn’t be more thrilled. James’s father called Coach Culbertson and said:
“I couldn’t be happier and more proud of James right now. He told me this is everything and more he’s wanted out of playing college baseball. This is his dream come true”
Coach Culbertson says he’s placed almost all of his sophomore class for next season and is amazed at how efficient FieldLevel is. Coach Culbertson said James helped his recruitment to other schools a great amount by updating his FieldLevel profile with his latest videos, stats, test scores, and grades.
“Recruiting and placing your players is a ton of work. FieldLevel has made my job so much easier and taken away all headaches from before”