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Recruiting Tip: Great recruiting advice from 3 different college coaches

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Over the last several years we’ve had the incredible opportunity to interview college coaches from all over the country, at every level and in almost every sport.  Every interview is different and I believe our readers have learned a lot about the recruiting process from every answer.  I firmly believe that when you want the answer to a specific question or you need advice, you should ask the experts, so that’s what we’ve been doing!  For this week’s recruiting tip, here’s some great recruiting advice on three different topics, from three different college coaches.

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Louisville Cardinals head coach Dan McDonnell heads to the dugout after meeting the umpires prior to the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, in 2017. (Photo: Bruce Thorson, USA TODAY Sports)
Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell
Question: Does the scholarship amount you offer a young man predict his playing time?
Answer: Not at all. This is not a situation where mom or dad is running the booster club, therefore their son has to play type thing! This is the best players are going to be on the field type thing. Scholarship or no scholarship, playing time will never be determined by anything other than who the best nine players are, on any given day. As a staff, we are extremely transparent with our guys during the recruiting process. We don’t make promises and we make sure we’re very clear that if you get on the field at Louisville, it’s because you’ve earned it.
For us to recruit you and make you an offer simply means we like you and we feel you have a great opportunity here. But, understand that you’ve got to perform. You’ve got to produce between the lines. We want to win championships and get you ready for pro ball. If we played you based on your scholarship amount, we’d be doing you a tremendous disservice. That’s just not how baseball works at the college level and beyond.
FSU softball coach Lonnie Alameda at the Unconquered Campaign announcement. (Photo: Wayne McGahee III, Tallahassee Democrat
Florida State Softball Coach Lonni Alameda
Question: What separates the best players from everyone else?
Answer: A commitment to growth is what separates the most successful athletes from the rest, regardless of the sport they play. But, that’s life, too. Successful people are constantly growing. They’re constantly learning. You always hear about the blue-chip athletes and how impactful they’re going to be at the next level. Yes, the physical component is big, and you would rather have it, than not. But any good coach will tell you that it’s not just about getting those kids into their program.
A team full of blue-chippers that are content with where they’re at isn’t going to win you a lot of games. It’s about getting the kids that are always striving to get better. They want more for themselves and more for their teammates. It’s hard to define success with one word or one idea. But I am certain that as long as you see consistent growth, success won’t be too far behind.
Mississippi Rebels infielder Errol Robinson (6) hugs head coach Mike Bianco after the loss to the Virginia Cavaliers in game twelve of the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Virginia defeated Mississippi 4-1. (Photo: Steven Branscombe, USA TODAY Sports)
Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco
Question: Tell me something you would want every high school athlete to know about the college recruiting process.
Answer: Quite honestly, we pay attention to how you fail. If we’re recruiting you, it’s a given that you have some physical talent. So, we pay attention to the moments you wouldn’t want us to see, or the moments you don’t think we’re watching you. How do you handle a strikeout? Do you run out fly balls? Do you have that competitive spirit during the pregame in and out? Most guys we recruit haven’t experienced a lot of failure, prior to getting to Ole Miss. And, I would say that’s typical for most college programs, too. If you want to play college baseball, especially for a school in one of the power five conferences, you’ve got to be mentally tough. You have to be able to handle tremendous adversity and there has to be a fire inside you that is undeniable to anyone who watches you play.

Super 25 Regional Girls Volleyball Rankings: Week 13

Each week USA TODAY High School Sports and the American Volleyball Coaches Association will release Super 25 Regional Girls Volleyball Rankings. Rankings are based on results from the 2018-19 season, quality of players and strength of schedule. Regions are determined by the AVCA.

RelatedAssumption (Louisville) finishes No. 1 in Final 2018 Super 25 Girls Volleyball Rankings
Records through Nov. 20
REGION 1 (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Victor
42-3
Victor
NY

2
Newton North
20-1
Newtonville
MA

3
Clarence
32-4
Clarence
NY

4
Woodstock Academy
25-1
Woodstock
CT

5
Burnt Hills
39-2
Burnt Hills
NY

6
Portville
43-2
Portville
NY

7
Barnstable
23-1
Hyannis
MA

8
Southington
23-2
Southington
CT

9
Hollis-Brookline
25-1
Hollis
NH

10
Bourne
27-1
Bourne
MA

REGION 2 (DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
North Allegheny
14-0
Wexford
PA

2
Loudoun County
30-1
Leesburg
VA

3
Immaculate Heart Academy
37-1
Washington Township
NJ

4
Northwest
19-1
Germantown
MD

5
Lord Botetourt
32-1
Daleville
VA

6
Princess Anne
29-0
Virginia Beach
VA

7
Flint Hill
30-1
Oakton
VA

8
Atholton
18-1
Columbia
MD

9
Wilmington Charter
17-2
Wilmington
DE

10
Freeport
23-1
Freeport
PA

REGION 3 (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Walton
41-3
Marietta
GA

2
Oviedo
28-4
Oviedo
FL

3
St. Thomas Aquinas
26-5
Ft. Lauderdale
FL

4
McGill-Toolen
36-4
Mobile
AL

5
Briarcrest Christian
40-2
Eads
TN

6
Brentwood
47-3
Brentwood
TN

7
Nation Ford
44-7
Fort Mill
SC

8
Marvin Ridge
44-2
Waxhaw
NC

9
Green Hope
28-1
Cary
NC

10
St. Pius X
42-5
Atlanta
GA

REGION 4 (AR, LA, MS, OK, TX)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Flower Mound
43-7
Flower Mound
TX

2
Byron Nelson
42-2
Trophy Club
TX

3
Ridge Point
47-6
Missouri City
TX

4
Plano West
40-10
Plano
TX

5
Kingwood Park
40-11
Kingwood
TX

6
Prosper
35-10
Prosper
TX

7
Southlake Carroll
39-10
Southlake
TX

8
Lovejoy
47-7
Lucas
TX

9
The Woodlands
46-5
Conroe
TX

10
O’Connor
41-12
Helotes
TX

REGION 5 (IN, KY, MI, OH, WV)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Assumption
43-0
Louisville
KY

2
Yorktown
34-0
Yorktown
IN

3
Mercy Academy
32-7
Louisville
KY

4
Ursuline Academy
27-2
Cincinnati
OH

5
Sacred Heart Academy
27-10
Louisville
KY

6
Grand Rapids Christian
46-5
Grand Rapids
MI

7
Avon
33-4
Avon
IN

8
New Castle
35-5
New Castle
IN

9
Padua Franciscan
27-2
Parma
OH

10
Mt. Notre Dame
20-7
Cincinnati
OH

REGION 6 (IA, IL, MO, WI)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Marist
39-3
Chicago
IL

2
Helias Catholic
36-2
Jefferson City
MO

3
Burlington
38-5
Burlington
WI

4
Marian Catholic
27-1
Chicago Heights
IL

5
Lafayette
31-3
Wildwood
MO

6
Cedar Falls
44-0
Cedar Falls
IA

7
Nazareth
31-5
LaGrange Park
IL

8
St. Theresa’s Academy
29-11
Decatur
IL

9
Ankeny Centennial
40-3
Akeny
IA

10
East Troy
31-8
East Troy
WI

REGION 7 (MN, ND, NE, SD)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Champlin Park
32-2
Champlin
MN

2
Millard North
38-2
Millard
NE

3
Eagan
29-3
Eagan
MN

4
Pius X
36-3
Lincoln
NE

5
Stevens
34-1
Rapid City
SD

6
Lakeville South
29-5
Lakeville
MN

7
Skutt
27-5
Omaha
NE

8
Century
34-5
Bismarck
ND

9
Lakeville North
26-5
Lakeville
MN

10
Elkhorn South
31-9
Elkhorn
NE

REGION 8 (CO, KS, NM, UT, WY)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Lewis Palmer
26-1
Monument
CO

2
St. James Academy
34-8
Lenexa
KS

3
Valor Christian
27-2
Highlands Ranch
CO

4
Lyman
35-0
Lyman
WY

5
La Cueva
22-0
Albuquerque
NM

6
Chaparral
26-3
Parker
CO

7
Lawrence
38-2
Lawrence
KS

8
St. Thomas Aquinas
36-8
Overland Park
KS

9
Fossil Ridge
21-4
Parker
CO

10
Lansing
39-6
Lansing
KS

REGION 9 (AZ, CA, NV)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Mater Dei
43-2
Santa Ana
CA

2
Marymount
33-10
Los Angeles
CA

3
Torrey Pines
33-4
San Diego
CA

4
Cathedral Catholic
28-8
San Diego
CA

5
Redondo
35-4
Redondo
CA

6
Millenium
45-1
Goodyear
AZ

7
Xavier College Prep
33-9
Phoenix
AZ

8
Sierra Canyon
33-11
Chatsworth
CA

9
Central
39-6
Fresno
CA

10
Perry
32-1
Gilbert
AZ

REGION 10 (AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Iolani
28-6
Honolulu
HI

2
Kamehameha
36-4
Honolulu
HI

3
Jesuit
31-4
Portland
OR

4
West Valley
24-3
Yakima
WA

5
Diamond
49-4
Anchorage
AK

6
Century
34-5
Pocatello
ID

7
Sprague
27-7
Salem
OR

8
West Linn
21-6
West Linn
OR

9
Kentridge
23-1
Kent
WA

10
Richland
31-3
Richland
WA

Records through Nov. 12

Assumption (Louisville) finishes No. 1 in Final 2018 Super 25 Girls Volleyball Rankings

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The Week 13 Super 25 Fall Girls Volleyball Rankings from USA TODAY High School Sports and American Volleyball Coaches Association, our final girls volleyball poll of 2018, is out. There’s a familiar face at the top of the poll.
FULL RANKINGS: Super 25 Volleyball Rankings, Week 13
Louisville power Assumption, fresh off an unbeaten campaign and another Kentucky state title, remains at No. 1 this week. That means the preseason No. 1 team in the land, led by Player of the Year candidate Rylee Rader, has gone box-to-wire in 2018 as the top-ranked girls’ volleyball team in the country.
Elsewhere, there is not much change in this final poll. Only one new team debuts this week — Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas), led by Texas signee and Preseason ALL-USA selection Skylar Fields, comes in at No. 22 this week after reaching its first-ever 6A state final, a loss to No. 5 Flower Mound (Texas).