Recruiting is often a dirty business. It can also be confusing.
Take Alex Daar for example. Daar is a 6-2, 195-pound right-handed pitcher from Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett. He was 12-2 last season as a junior and was the starting and winning pitcher in the Division 4 quarterfinals and semifinals.
This season he’s 14-0 with three no-hitters and three one-hitters. He’s won all 13 of his starts with the other victory coming in relief. Daar has struck out 143 batters in 78 innings and has allowed just two earned runs.
No college or university has offered Daar a scholarship.
I know. I’m scratching my head, too. He throws his fastball 86-to-87 mph. He also throws a curveball and a changeup.
I know, University Liggett is a Division 4 school and many of the teams Daar faces aren’t that good. But he threw one of his no-hitters against Shepherd, a Division 3 school that is still playing in the state playoffs. Daar beat Dearborn Divine Child 3-1. Divine Child is a Division 2 school that is also alive in the playoffs. And Daar beat Grosse Pointe South 5-3. South is a Division 1 school that has a great shot at reaching the state quarterfinals.
It’s possible, by the time the state tournament is over, some school somewhere will offer Daar a scholarship.
Let’s say you’re the coach at a Division II school and your team finished below .500 and your pitching wasn’t that good. Wouldn’t you take a chance on someone like Daar considering the success he’s had?