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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
An 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
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
Becoming 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