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
The 10th annual Crabfeast went down this past weekend, drawing a collection of the nation’s top club teams to the Baltimore area in front of a triple-digit amount of college coaches. Leading Edge (2017, pictured above), NH Tomahawks (2018), Madlax (2019) and Looney’s (2020) took home championships on Sunday and Recruiting Rundown covered each of the four classes, with the 2019 standouts detailed earlier this week.
Contributor TJ Oursler took care of the 2017s and a handful of ’19s, while Tal Bruno nailed down the 2018’s and 2020’s. Check back in the coming days for coverage of Maverik Showtime rising freshmen and the Under Armour games.
Perennially one of the most well attended team tournaments of the summer, the Baltimore Crabs organization hosted their annual Crabfeast for the classes of 2017 through 2020, welcoming over 110 college coaches to a multitude of different sites in the area. In the 2019 age group, Madlax toppled the Crabs in the final, avenging a title game loss from the Platinum Cup and winning Crabfeast for the second year in a row.
Before the team event went down, the NLF hosted a fantastic one-day event to showcase the rising sophomore Class of 2019s from the participating teams, providing an extra look at a ton of uncommitted (and committed) talent. I honed in on the ’19s on each of the three days, also receiving help from intern T.J. Oursler on Saturday. Make sure to check back soon for an additional report from Oursler & Tal Bruno covering the ’17s, ’18s and ’20s.
Becoming one of June’s most well attended tournaments, 138 college coaches made stops at the St. Paul’s Schools this past weekend for the Baltimore Summer Kickoff. High Point coaches Jon Torpey and Pat Tracy – both Baltimore natives – put on the annual event, adding a new wrinkle this year with a small but strong 2020 division on Sunday at Loyola University’s beautiful athletic facilities. College contributors Tal Bruno (Hopkins) and TJ Oursler (Denison) camped out on the sidelines and have their standouts for pool play and the All-Star Games.