Recruiting Rundown’s Top 50 Sophomores + Watchlist for the Class of 2019

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With the proliferation in early commits lately, rising sophomore year has become a pivotal time for the recruiting process, as top 2019’s have been followed closely by top college programs for over a year by now. This list – which highlights the early Top 50 in order as well as a 50-man watchlist – is a combination of Recruiting Rundown’s coverage of over 30 events and the anonymous scouting reports from well over a dozen Division I recruiters.  Continue reading

Recruiting Rundown’s Top 100 High School Seniors – Class of 2017

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No. 1 recruit Matt Moore

After last week’s release of the five-stars in the Class of 2017, it’s time to unveil the rest of the Top 100 high school seniors. 28 different Division I programs have commitments from players within these rankings with five or more from Notre Dame, Hopkins, UNC, Harvard, UVA, Maryland, Ohio State, Denver and Duke.  Continue reading

Recruiting Rundown’s Five-Star Players In The Class Of 2017

imageThe task of ranking high school players becomes increasingly difficult each year. With the growth of the game (and more recruiting events popping up), there’s a lot to keep track of and to a certain extent, we’re splitting hairs when it comes to rankings. Generally, there’s more talent than ever, and that talent develops at different points throughout high school.

Some players were big and skilled heading into 9th grade, finalizing verbal commitments with top schools around that time. Others, however, bloomed a little bit later than their counterparts, as five recruits listed in this list of five-stars weren’t even ranked in the Top 100 a year ago. A handful more more were outside the Top 25 – you’ll find last year’s ranking listed in bold for each player.
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Taking A Look At the Atlantic Coast Prospect Games – Q&A With Adrenaline President Alex Cade

acpg_logo copy 2.pngWith the evolution of both the events landscape and recruiting as a whole, Adrenaline’s launch of Atlantic Coast Prospect Games (November 11-13) has brought on a lot of positive buzz and curiosity. Designed to be an “all-in-one” prospect weekend in front of three coaches from each ACC school, over 200 players in the classes of 2019 and 2020 will head to Florida to get coached, evaluated and acquainted with some of the nation’s most successful programs.

I recently caught up with Adrenaline president Alex Cade, a Notre Dame alum, to hear more about the ACPG. For more, check out the event siteContinue reading

Breaking Down Committed Video: ’19s Danforth, Moody, Lockshin, Cauley; Mattei ’17

combine_images.jpg Tuesday’s piece analyzing the skill sets displayed in highlight videos did well, so this is something that we’ll be continuing over the next few weeks as recruits finalize commitments. RR contributor Spencer Turkel will be spearheading this feature while I continue to work on Top 100 rankings, which will be released shortly after Labor Day weekend.

If you haven’t by now, submit your updated highlight video – committed players can fill out this form here on the site, while uncommitted prospects can e-mails theirs to rundownvideo@gmail.com. In addition, new commitments can be sent in at this link.

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Breaking Down Committed Video: Georgetown’s MacLeod, MD’s Sawyer, Loyola’s Heuston, Navy’s Leadmon

USNA:LOY:UMD:GTOWNWith two weeks remaining in the dead period, summer is coming to a close and a plethora of lacrosse recruits are making college decisions at a rapid rate.

Event coverage won’t pick up until much later in the fall (though a few more from July will be posted in the coming weeks) and this time has been used primarily as a time to reflect on who impressed this summer on the recruiting trail, leading up to the Top 100 rankings which will be posted in early September.

Spencer Turkel (@phillyfanturk), who did an awesome job interning for the Rundown on the summer circuit, has helped launch a new feature which will break down the highlight reels of notable commitments as they come in. Jump to the submit link to send in your verbal if it’s missing from the lists in order to be written up. Continue reading

2018 and 2019 Standouts From The Inaugural Naptown Challenge

NAPTOWN-Invitational-2016-1.pngWith Annapolis acting as a rare summer circuit host, the first ever Naptown Challenge was a massive hit to all attending clubs, hosted by former Division I coaches Dave Cottle and Matt Hogan at multiple high schools in the vicinity of Maryland’s capital. South River HS (2018), Annapolis (2019) and Kent Island (2020) all hosted pool play on Monday and Tuesday, while championship participants were lucky enough to play in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Wednesday evening. Continue reading

2020 Standouts From the 2nd Annual NLF Futures Event

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The National Lacrosse Federation Futures Showcase took place last week at the multi-sport ForeKicks complex in Taunton (Mass.), a three-day event featuring 88 of the top players in each of the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Players were coached by top college and club coaches and participated in numerous skill and positional sessions, along with competitive games during the event.

The Class of 2020 capped off Day 2 of the showcase with an All-Star game, displaying 36 of the Showcase standouts. The impressive lacrosse IQ and the developing talent level of the players entering high school this year, was evident all week. Ryan Killian has his rising freshman standouts from scrimmage play & the All-Star Game in the Class of 2020. Continue reading