About ABCA

Antonelli Baseball College Advisory was founded by Matt Antonelli, former 1st round draft pick, Major League Baseball player, and Division-1 college coach. Matt has first-hand knowledge of the college recruiting process as a player having received a baseball scholarship to Wake Forest University, and also as a Division-1 college recruiting coordinator at the College of the Holy Cross.

After being drafted out of St. John’s Prep High School by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2003 MLB draft, Matt was faced with the decision of selecting professional baseball or playing collegiately. He was recruited by and/or received baseball scholarships from Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Tech, and many other Division-1 programs. He gained valuable recruiting experience through his personal dealings with dozens of college coaches from around the country.


While working as a college coach and recruiting coordinator, Matt recruited prospective-student athletes from all over the United States. He understands what colleges look for in collegiate players and is able to identify the proper fit for each student-athlete based on ability and potential. He also understands the most effective ways to create exposure for high school players and the best ways to communicate with college coaches to garner interest. Matt has built a vast network of coaches across the country from all levels of college baseball  that trust and respect his ability to evaluate and place prospective student-athletes. He is easily able to establish connections between players and programs and find matches based on talent, need, academic and financial considerations.


Matt has gained tremendous insight on the college recruitment process from being recruited as a student-athlete, and recruiting student-athletes as a college coach. He has a unique skill set that allows him to use this knowledge to help find the absolute bet fits for high school student-athletes across the country.