You can always count on two things at the Long Island Fall Classic: the weather making things interesting and a high volume of college coaches. Sunday morning’s downpour was miserable and toughened field conditions, but the sheer firepower of the teams still allowed for an incredible product. Over 240 college coaches attended the different events on the campus of Farmingdale State College, making for one of the highest totals of any event in recent history. Matt Chandik and I made the trip to Strong Island, starting with Friday’s public vs. private showcase and continuing through Saturday and Sunday with the NLF individual showcase, LI Fall Classic and NLF team events. Have a look at below at the players that caught our attention. Continue reading
Relishing the opportunity to get evaluated by over 70 college coaches, 30 different high school teams transcended on Cedar Lane Park in Columbia (Md.) for the fall edition of the National High School Lacrosse Tournament. The event (we highlighted Session 1 and Session 2 this past summer) has been a popular destination for college coaches to check out players playing in an organized high school setting. Recruiting Rundown was there on Saturday, putting together an anonymous report derived from coaches in attendance.
The LI Elite 80 Event will be led and coached by top DI coaches on Saturday, November 4th at Cantiague Park in the town of Hicksville on Long Island. The event will be open to everyone regardless of what club you play for or where you’re from, with top head coaches on staff to engage with attending players during station work and during three competitive games. Only 80 players per grade will participate in this event to keep numbers extremely small and to create four teams per grade (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023), allowing players to be directly coached by at least two of the coaches at all times. This will be a very different kind of experience in that you’ll be directly interacting with these coaches. Continue reading
When MIAA head coaches Bob Shriver (Boys’ Latin, ret.) and Andy Hilgartner (McDonogh, current) started NHSLS back in 2013, they filled a tremendous need for college coaches who couldn’t easily attend many high school games in the spring for geographical reason. Though the summer circuit allows the opportunity to see a ton of players in the same place, evaluators wanted a more structured environment. After five years of existence, there may not be an event that is more raved about or more essential in seeing how a player can fit in at the next level. Continue reading
P.C. – Inmer Hernandez
Now in its 17th summer of existence, Nike Blue Chip took place last week at UMBC for a multitude of different classes, as Jake Reed and his staff hosted dozens of largely uncommitted players hoping to get looks midway through the summer circuit. Most notably, the event experienced a change and resurgence of sorts after discontinuing a partnership with 3d Lacrosse, who worked with Jake for five years with January’s regional tryout camps accounting for roughly half of the attendees at the summer Blue Chip sessions. The talent looked very solid, as there were more representatives from the East Coast hotbeds than the previous few years in addition to tons of ‘diamond in the rough’ type of recruits from all over the country. Continue reading
Housed at Western Connecticut University in Danbury (Conn.), Maverik Showtime attracts the top player talent from across the country, adding a rising freshman division a year ago. Despite the new recruiting regulations limiting early recruiting, participants competed against the nation’s top players for three days straight of competitive games to prepare them for future recruiting events and a high level of competition. Run by former Syracuse teammates Paul Carcaterra, Joe Ceglia and Michael Springer & sponsored by Cascade Lacrosse and Maverik Lacrosse, the 2021 pool was loaded with Blue Chip talent. Continue reading
Since its inception in 2006, the Under Armour All-American Underclassmen Tournament has become one of the most prestigious lacrosse events in the country. Engineered and operated by Corrigan Sports Enterprises, the UA Underclassmen Games consist of a tournament between eleven geographically based regional teams and a showcase of uncommitted players. The tournament is split into two divisions, Command, which consists of rising freshmen and sophomores and Highlight, which consists of rising juniors and seniors. Each year, hundreds of players try out to represent their respective regions. As a result, the tryouts have become a recruiting gold mine for college coaches. Continue reading
Miles Tillman was the last addition to the Go Fight Win Elite 60 Showcase on Sunday. So much so, actually, that Tillman was nowhere to be found on the rosters handed out to college coaches.
After the first time he touched the ball, Tillman had everyone scrambling to find out who he was. He scooped up a ground ball on the defensive end and effortlessly sprinted past everyone else, making those chasing him look like they were stuck in quicksand.
Later, Tillman showed off his offensive flair, undressing a defenseman with a one-hand toe drag and scoring on a bouncer. In the second game, he showed off more flashy handles on his way to another highlight-reel goal, and from there, it was obvious that Tillman had set himself apart from his peers. Continue reading
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.
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