Arguably the most unique event in high school lacrosse, Project 9 is set to take place this weekend in Baltimore, as all-time greats Paul Rabil and Mark Millon spearhead a staff that will lead 67 of the nation’s best recruits during a grueling three-day weekend of training and preparation for the rigors of college lacrosse. Of those 67, an impressive 28 of the juniors and seniors have been honored as Top 100 players here on Recruiting Rundown in September’s rankings.
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
Following two years of live evaluations and last year’s Top 50 + Watchlist, the Class of 2018 becomes ranked within a Top 100 – and there’s a new No. 1 recruit. Committed to defending champion North Carolina, midfielder Ricky Miezan receives the honor after a summer circuit where he was a man amongst boys. Continue reading
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
The 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.
With 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 site. Continue reading
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 email@example.com. In addition, new commitments can be sent in at this link.
With 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