Elijah Rogalski uses technology to get step up in recruiting


Senior Elijah Rogalski practices his swing at Hyperthrive Athletics, a gym near Sacramento State.

Aaron Ichel, Mirada Staff

Elijah Rogalski, also a senior on the varsity baseball team, has modified his approach to getting recruited in hopes of taking his game to the next level. Rogalski, who is a pitcher and shortstop, has offers from San Diego Christian and Arizona Christian, both D1 schools in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), as well as an offer from Ottawa University Surprise in Arizona.

Rogalski has taken advantage of the fact that many coaches have resulted to using online platforms such as Hudl and other sites to recruit players and has compiled clips of his own for coaches to see.

“I created a website that has videos of me hitting and fielding and I email the link to coaches at different colleges,” said Rogalski. “If the coach likes me, they will normally reach out over email or text and take it from there.”

Rogalski, like other seniors, saw his opportunity to be scouted in live games taken away due to the pandemic and the extended Dead Period.

“It’s unfortunate because some of the schools that I was really interested in couldn’t come to watch me play,” said Rogalski.

With offers already on the table, Rogalski is remaining as flexible as possible in his next steps.

“I don’t really have a dream school in mind, I just want to take my game to the next level,” Rogalski said. “I’m keeping all of my options open.”

Rogalski is keeping his skills in check in anticipation of playing collegiate baseball next year by training at Hyperthrive Athletics, where he participates in a mixture of weight training as well as pitching and fielding drills.