For the 7th year, the Gulf Coast baseball team held their Top 100 College prospect series on Saturday, where rising seniors from Pensacola to Jacksonville, Alabama, and even Minnesota took the field looking to impress college and even major league scouts.
The guys took part in drills on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, as well as the sixty yard dash. Gulf Coast head coach Mike Kandler saying Saturday the Top 100 is a great event for not only coaches looking for players, but it gives the guys a stage to showcase their talents.
"They're going to put themselves on the map on a lot of different levels," said Kandler. "We have SEC schools here, we have division three schools here, and we have junior colleges. They're going to get seen by all different levels, as well as the pros. They really have a chance to put themselves on the map and make a big impression in one day."
Baseball players weren't the only ones showcasing their talents Saturday, as for the first time ever, the Gulf Coast Lady Commodore softball team joined in on the recruiting fun, as they hosted a Top 100 Prospect Series of their own.
The ladies took the field for offensive and defensive work before heading into a recruiting seminar in the afternoon, and while the majority of the Top 100 are rising seniors, unlike the guys, several sophomores and unsigned seniors attended Saturday's showcase, which over a dozen DI and JUCO coaches attended.
Gulf Coast assistant coach Charity Butler helped put together the Series, and says it's no fluke the area's best are in attendance.
"Players have to be nominated by a high school coach," she said of the selection process. "From there, we have a pool of nominations, and we have a committee that selects from that pool of nominations who to actually invite. We're trying to create an elite environment here. These girls were all nominated and selected to be here. It is an honor for them to be here, but we want them to go further."
Both the softball and baseball Top 100 College Prospect Series wrap up tomorrow.