Picking the right college for YOU
The recruiting process has drastically changed over the past 5-7 years. Lacrosse is now being played at the high school level in almost every state while the amount NCAA programs offering lacrosse has remained virtually the same. This has led to increased pressure on college coaches to recruit at earlier ages, and puts further pressure on players from "non-hotbed" areas to up the ante on getting noticed. This does not a mean player from the Midwest should be ruled by the process. Your Decision is your own.
1) Coaches care about three things when recruiting a prospect:
· How good a player you are
· How good a student you are
· How good a person you are
That was straight out of John Danowski’s mouth but every coach echoes this message.
2) A player in the audience asked Danowski what he looked for on the field when he was recruiting a player and he said that a player needs to have “it”. “It” can be exceptional size (Miles Jones), exceptional speed and agility (Jordan Wolf), a rifle of a shot (Sergio Perkovic), an outstanding stick (Lyle Thompson) or exceptional physicality (pick any number of defenders). Simply put, you need to stand out on the field in some way. If you look just like everyone else on the field, by definition, you don’t stand out. You need to find your “it”.
3) You should use lacrosse as a strategy to help get you into a school you are interested in attending. Don’t choose a school just because they are recruiting you. Find a school you would be happy attending even if you didn’t end up playing lacrosse or got injured. The number one factor should be does the school of interest offer the major you need for your career. Subsequent factors should be student body size, geographic location, and price. Lacrosse scholarships are very limited at the NCAA level.
4) Use data to set realistic goals. We have a comprehensive database of Southern Ohio players who are playing in college within the Resources tab under Recruiting Central. Note the honors they achieved in High School and when they achieved them. For example, virtually every DI player was All-State by their Junior year. That’s a great data point for you to use to help you understand what trajectory you are on and which schools may be realistically possible for you to target.
5) You need to take ownership of the recruiting process and be proactive. You also need to be persistent. There are only a small handful of players in the country who coaches will aggressively chase. Most players need to work the process and get on the coach’s radar screen. Remember teams only need 8-10 players in each recruiting class. Do not be discouraged in reaching out to a coach many times without a response. Eventually you will get noticed.
6) Coaches want to recruit players who are genuinely interested in attending their school. They don’t want to waste time recruiting players who have no interest in attending. Be prepared to tell the coach specifically WHY you want to attend his school.
The College Recruitment process can be a long and challenging one, but through persistency and dedication the work will pay off. Remember this is YOUR decision, and only you, the player, can make it happen.
For further information on recruiting or to schedule a meeting please contact our Director of College Recruiting, Nick Greiwe, at 513-237-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.