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
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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
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.
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
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
The Recruiting Rundown team of evaluators was out in full force during Under Armour weekend, as three writers camped out on the sidelines for the four-day event, half of which fell during Division I’s new dead period. Between the three of us, we were able to cover every field, focusing mostly on 2017’s and 2018’s for rankings purposes.
In the end, New Jersey (6-1) emerged victorious in the Highlight Division, riding hot goalie play, opportunistic offense and stout D to capture a championship. In the Command Division, Baltimore finished undefeated on the weekend, ousting Philly in the final.
The fourth annual Legacy HS Invitational Tournament played at the sprawling 15-field complex in Devens (Mass.) featured 46 programs in the ’17, ’18 and ’19 age groups, consisting of AA and A divisions. Hosted by Laxachusetts, the two-day tournament was played on Thursday and Friday and welcomed 148 college coaches to the sidelines to recruit. Continue reading