The Rundown: Top 10 Reads Of The Year, Class of 2019 Switches, Mid-Year College Transfers, Mailbag Questions

f4d93295-a8ec-4699-bcf5-c259467cd975It’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 (, 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.
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Taking A Look At The Top Players At The Future Phenoms College Combine In Florida

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.

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Recapping Adrenaline’s Blackjack Classic

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.

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Recruiting Mailbag, 12/6: Analyzing the 2020’s, Spring Evaluations, 2018 Flips & Late Adds

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.

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Standouts From Big 4 Champions League

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetAn annual staple of the fall recruiting circuit, Billy McKinney’s Champions League event went down at the Hill School in Pottstown, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Philadelphia. I made the trek up on Saturday morning, getting early notes on the 2021’s before it was time for the 2019’s and 2020’s to show off on Sunday in front of roughly 100 college coaches.
A number of NLF teams attended in addition to a handful of guest teams, and while I wasn’t able to see everybody, I’ll be on Long Island this weekend and plan on catching everybody else that I missed. Have a look below at some of the players that grabbed my attention throughout the weekend.  Continue reading

Recruiting Mailbag, 11/14: Top Three 2018 Classes & The Ivies’ Recruiting Success

After a week off from the mailbag while players signed on the dotted line, it’s time to roll out a National Signing Week theme. I received a ton of questions but wanted to focus on two that required long answers, so I’ll be rolling out another NLI mailbag column on Tuesday after the conclusion of the event season. This week, we talk about the prowess of Ivy League recruiting in addition to taking a look at the top three classes at this point, keeping in mind that a lot can change between now and the fall of 2018.  Continue reading

2020 Standouts From Sunday’s NLF Power 18 Showcase

NLF16.pngBecoming a widely attended event over the last few years, the NLF held their annual play day on Sunday, also welcoming the NH Tomahawks and Looney’s as guests. Despite it being an absolutely loaded recruiting weekend locally, college coaches attended in droves to get a jump on the Class of 2020.

In the end, SweetLax, Denver Elite, Laxachusetts, Looney’s and Leading Edge finished the day undefeated. I was there for all of the action on Sunday and put together a list of players that impressed. Continue reading

Recapping The LI Elite 80, A Highly Unique Showcase Experience

With so many recruiting events out there, it’s a point of emphasis for each new one to provide something unique that sets it apart from the rest of the pack.

For the second straight year, Long Island-based Elite 80 hired 15 of the most respected Division I head coaches to pave the way, ultimately providing an incredible hands-on experience to attendees. With four head coaches each from the ACC, Big Ten and Big East – in addition to representatives from Yale, Fairfield, Hofstra and Loyola – it was certainly revolutionary to have these guys coaching the teams against one another. They were highly engaging and focused, but also kept things light, so the kids were able to really get a good sense of each head coach’s personality and coaching style. Continue reading

Standouts From Dixie 200 Last Weekend In Nashville

Dixie_New_Logo_smallSo much growth of the game around the country, of course, can be attributed to phenomenal coaching. Down South, it’s evident that they have plenty of raw talent hungry, but many need the instruction and guidance to take the next step. Enter Dixie 200.

For the third straight year, an army of college coaches made the trip south for a weekend of high-level instruction and games with dozens of players from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Missouri. Attendees were treated to an epic lineup of college coaches to work with, as the drill and instruction aspect was stressed above actual game play.

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Recruiting Mailbag, 10/31: Top ’18 Classes Outside Of The Usual Suspects & The Rise Of In-Home Visits

BwsS3_eC_400x400.jpgEvent season is here. We haven’t had a fall tournament season under these new recruiting rules, so it’ll be exciting to see how different colleges approach November, a month that also features National Signing Week for lacrosse.

With that said, there’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get to it.

If you’d like to submit a question for next week’s recruiting mailbag (last week’s column can be seen here), drop me a line at or send me a DM on Twitter @tyxanders.
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