After this week’s unveiling of the Top 100 recruits in Division I (Top 50 here, 51-100 here), it’s time to list the recruiting classes that are sure to take the college ranks by storm over the next four years. Not surprisingly, ACC and Big 10 powerhouses account for eight of the top ten positions along with two notable Ivy League programs. Continue reading
After last night’s release of the Top 100’s upper half of current college freshmen, it’s time to unveil players 51-100, as many players will begin this weekend. As previously mentioned, these rankings differ from the underclass rankings that are put out each summer. While sophomores, juniors and seniors’ placement is meant to reflect their talents at the high school level, this edition of the Top 100 is meant to project a player’s four-year career, taking into consideration all of the variables that come with the college game and how the athletes fit in at their respective program. Depth charts, live scouts, film, conversations with college coaches and a plethora of other factors are taken into consideration more than high school stats and accomplishments. Continue reading
There’s little doubt that the evolution of the recruiting landscape has made it easier to track the development of prospects nationwide. Due to the process being sped up over the years, North America’s best young lacrosse players are on display for evaluators from the time kids enter high school until the end of their careers. Beyond that, the U-19 World Games (taking place every four years) have become key in identifying the potential difference makers at the next level. While there were plenty of impact players on the list you’ll find below that were left off of the U-19 teams – whether that was due to age or missing the cut at tryouts – there were a few dozen that left their mark.
This year, the tournament MVP finds himself in the No. 1 spot. Continue reading
Establishing itself as one of the best winter events after last year, the National Lacrosse Federation once again held Year 2 on the unbelievable campus down at IMG Academy an hour away from Tampa. With the US team scrimmaging Notre Dame on Saturday, the schedule worked out impeccably for all in attendance. The three-day event provided value as a way to escape the winter for 80 degree temperatures, receive one final live look from recruiters on hand and get coached up by a staff absolutely loaded with former college All-Americans. Continue reading
The Adrenaline Challenge has long acted as a premier showcase of the lacrosse talent that the West has to offer, taking place shortly after New Year’s in beautiful Del Mar. Moved a weekend back and now welcoming Division I recruiters, the weekend was kicked off with over 40 coaches at San Diego State walking uncommitted players through drills before they hit the field for game play. Have a look below at who caught my eye during three days of lacrosse in prime SoCal weather. Continue reading
Rounding out RR’s recruiting coverage for the calendar year, I was in Vegas two weekends ago for Adrenaline’s Blackjack Classic, attending both days for the second year in a row. Just like the upcoming Challenge event in January (arguably ADRLN’s premiere tournament), this particular event drew a wide variety of the top satellite teams from all over the West. In a new wrinkle, Friday evening saw several dozen players gather for the Las Vegas Prospect Day, which attracted Division I coaches to the staff to instruct and evaluate the young talent before the big tournament kicked off. Here’s who caught my eye throughout the weekend.
For the last several years (since the rise in super early recruiting), NXT’s Philly Freshman Invitational has acted as one of the most well attended events of the fall. Despite the brutal weather conditions, college coaches and recruits showed out in full force. Saturday’s individual showcase took place at United Sports in Downingtown, while Sunday’s team invitational went down at a nearby high school. Recruiting Rundown contributor Bill Tharp was on site for the latter portion and has a detailed look at the top players.
Coach Scott Pugh’s “Committed Combine 44” will take place this weekend (Dec. 3-4) outside of Baltimore, MD and will feature some of the top committed players in the country. The two-day event is broken down into two field training sessions on Saturday, an evening leadership workshop with Adam Bradley (Lead ‘Em Up), Sunday morning weight room session with University of Maryland men’s lacrosse strength & conditioning coach Ryan Cotter, culminating with a full-length game on Sunday powered by East Coast Dyes. Continue reading
The final weekend of the November circuit is an important one, as colleges get one final look at recruits before the college season begins late in the winter. Though there were a plethora of competitive events throughout the Northeast, I made my way to Farmingdale State on Long Island two weekends ago to hit the NLF Individual Showcase, LI Fall Classic (which took place both days) and Sunday’s NLF Team Showcase. Here’s who caught my eye. Continue reading
Carrying over momentum from two successful sessions in the summer, NHSLS once again hosted a fall weekend of competitive play at Boys’ Latin, Gilman and RPCS, hosted by Baltimore coaching mainstays Andy Hilgartner and Bob Shriver. Now becoming one of college coaches’ favorite stops of the year, the event grew in size in 2016, welcoming a number of top high school programs to the fray. Have a look below for a huge Recruiting Rundown staff report from evaluators in attendance. Continue reading