Recruiting can be a tricky thing when it comes to varsity baseball.
Unlike football and basketball, baseball players do not receive full scholarships to cover tuition costs. College baseball teams receive 11.7 scholarships to be distributed among each 27-player team, with a minimum of 25 percent going to each scholarship player.
While some schools have endowments to help with costs, Clemson does not. However, the school has recently returned to the academic common market and baseball head coach Monte Lee is hopeful that this can help cover the tuition fees for some of the out-of-state players.
“Once we get it back, our main focus right now is to try and target, maybe a handful of guys that the University Common Market would apply to for the ’22 class,” Lee said. “But more importantly, the ’23 class, because that’s our main focus right now, these are the ’23 classes. We rate the guys in this class a pretty good offer and the academic common market will definitely come into play with it. children who come from states where it can apply.
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Strict adherence to the 11.7 scholarship limit has limited what the school can offer out-of-state players in financial aid.
“It definitely helps when you can provide opportunities for young men where you can lower their education costs,” Lee said. “Because at the end of the day with 11.7 scholarships, often it comes down to a cost to families. Because the out-of-state costs, you know in Clemson, even the out-of-state costs in Clemson, the cost of school has increased exponentially over the past decade. “
After a losing season for the first time in more than six decades, sports department officials are looking for ways to help in any way they can. Lee said anything that helps keep costs down will pay huge dividends in the future and that is exactly what the Common Market is doing.
“Anything we can do to try to reduce that cost,” Lee said. “So when a family sees Clemson as an option, and compares it to Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina, as well as at all the schools we recruit against, we must be able to stretch our dollars to the best of our ability, so that we can compete for children in states where the university common market applies. It’s a huge factor for us. “