It’s here, everybody. The high school season is upon us.
With that said, I’m fired up to release Recruiting Rundown’s Preseason Top 25 High School Power Rankings. Looking at key losses, key returners, transfers, coaching, and schedules, this is a list that I’ve been working on since the holiday season. New rankings will be posted each Wednesday through June, though the next edition won’t be out until the latter portion of the month as more teams get underway.
For the second straight year, Indiana powerhouse Culver Military Academy checks in at the No. 1 spot, losing several significant contributors but returning roughly two dozen Division I commitments. Check out the rest of the list below and make sure to follow @RecruitRundown on Twitter and @RecruitingRundown on Instagram all spring long for updates, links and pictures. Continue reading
Just a few days from now, college lacrosse will be fully underway for every Division I program. As always, a number of new faces will leave their mark, though an ultra-talented Class of 2016 set a high bar last spring. It’s incredibly difficult to predict which classes will be pivotal over the next four years, just like it’s difficult to project how a high school All-American to adjust to the challenges presented at the Division I level.
A friend of mine in the college coaching world once preached “The Rule of Five” in a double-digit class, meaning that regardless of how many new recruits you bring in, you really only need five of them to make an impact and play on game day. Most college programs play 20ish kids in games, so the math works out. Believe it or not, college coaches want 50 percent of their recruited players to pan out. If you’re regularly in excess of the 60-70 percent park, we’re talking about a program that finds NCAA Tournament success. Continue reading
In many ways, putting together a list of incoming college freshmen is a thankless task. It’s tedious and taxing, coming with a multitude of factors in terms of predicting the collegiate success of players so heavily evaluated over years. Especially in the age of early recruiting, how does one accurately prognosticate how the prep landscape’s cream of the crop will fare on a much bigger stage? Continue reading
In the final event before the spring season, several hundred talented young prospects made the trek to Florida for the holiday weekend to get coached up by a bevy of notable minds from the National Lacrosse Federation, Division I and professional ranks. The action kicked off on the pristine campus of IMG Academy for a full day and a half of positional work, drills and team practices before games took place, with four teams from each class competing against one another before heading home on Monday afternoon. I was able to make it down to NLF Futures for the third year in a row and came away extremely impressed with the combination of high-level coaching and talent. Continue reading
Perennially the West Coast’s biggest weekend of lacrosse all year, the Adrenaline Challenge (circa ’02) once again took place in beautiful Del Mar, welcoming hundreds of players of both genders to the San Diego area. It’s a special event that really summarizes the fervor for the game out West, as the venue was chock full of vendors, fans, and competitive games across well over a dozen fields. Continue reading
No one has spoken up about it publicly, even though we all think about it while bundling up to spend more time away from home only to get a minimal amount of impressions.
There is little doubt, however, that November lacrosse needs to experience drastic changes.
Though many would say that a fix of the fall circuit has been much needed over the last few seasons, it is evident now more than ever.
It’s time to say farewell to 2017, Recruiting Rundown’s third full calendar year in existence. Overall, it was a pretty incredible 12 months between covering more events than ever, adding more contributors to the fray and having the state of recruiting change drastically.
We’re working on making some big steps for 2018 and can’t wait to share it over the next few months. Keeping that in mind, I’m definitely open to any and all suggestions on what can be done to improve RR. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail (email@example.com), comment below or send a DM with any suggestions on additions or changes for the year ahead. I couldn’t be more thankful for everyone’s support of this project and am extremely excited for what’s to come in 2018.
A second-year event, the Future Phenoms College Combine took place this past weekend in Tampa, welcoming a wealth of talent and a loaded list of top college coaches. It was a teaching-based camp, spanning two days with heavy instruction and drills as well as three rounds of scrimmages. As I mentioned on Twitter earlier this week, this differed from so many other events that I’ve attended where it’s just a dizzying amount of games rather than instruction.
Just about 10 days removed from my annual trip to Vegas for the Regional Prospect Day and Blackjack Classic, it’s time to take a look at a handful of the top players at Adrenaline’s December event. I’ve always enjoyed this event for a number of reasons. It’s obviously in a fantastic location: Vegas is a particularly cheap destination in terms of flights and hotels and there’s so much to do regardless of your interests. Secondly, it’s a lot of fun to see just how passionate Western lacrosse folks are about the sport, especially after spending the last several months mostly hitting events on the East Coast. I love heading out West to check in on the talent and I’m looking forward to a few more events being covered by Recruiting Rundown out there over the next month. Now let’s get to it.
The November recruiting circuit is officially in the books and we’re now seeing dozens of 2019’s and 2018’s make commitments. December is usually a relatively slow time for recruiting and for lacrosse in general, though I would suspect that it may change.
After taking a bit of a break from the mailbag feature for the end of the circuit and Thanksgiving, we’re back for the next few months. This week, I preview the 2020 class and the rankings, also answering questions on the new rules and all of the movement in the 2020 class.