Recapping The LI Elite 80, A Highly Unique Showcase Experience

IMG_3320
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.

Continue reading

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 tyxanders@gmail.com or send me a DM on Twitter @tyxanders.
Continue reading

Notes From The Legends Southwest Spotlight

IMG_3124.JPG
The Legends Southwest Spotlight went down this past weekend just north of Dallas, attracting a wide swath of talent in addition to a number of top collegiate programs. A notable change went through late in summer when the Southern California-based Legends Lacrosse group acquired the Spotlight from Dallas-based C2C Lacrosse. The dynamic of the event – one that is roughly two-thirds teaching and instructional – remained the same and drew extremely positive reviews from players, parents and coaches alike.

Continue reading

Recruiting Mailbag, 10/24: Georgia’s Emergence, The Negatives of the 9/1 Start For Juniors, Coaches’ Opinions Of The New Rules

DK2mDhDUMAA3WfX.jpg
I’ve been having a blast over the past two weeks taking questions via e-mail and direct messages on social media. I can assure you that I’ll get back to everything by the end of the week, even if it’s not picked to be answered for mailbag features. As a reminder, highlight reels are reserved for e-mail at tyxanders@gmail.com, but any questions/tips are best for my DM’s on Twitter, while new commitments can be submitted with confirmation at this link.

This week’s mailbag delves into two questions concerning the new recruiting rules as well as a look at Georgia, a growing lacrosse hotbed. There’s a whole lot of great content on Recruiting Rundown this month, so take a look at that along with our list of events that we’ll be covering between now and the holiday season.  Continue reading

No. 64 Junior Patrick Hackler (Skaneateles, N.Y.) Breaks Down His Commitment To Yale

IMG_3070 3

Like many players in the Class of 2019, Skaneateles (N.Y.) middie Patrick Hackler had a good sense of where he wanted to play college lacrosse shortly before the new recruiting rules were put in place.

Spending the weekend at Yale for a prospect day in mid-February cemented his interest, making them his top choice heading into a sophomore season during which Hackler exploded for 65 goals and 28 assists. After a strong summer and a busy September, the Orange Crush club standout pledged to the Bulldogs shortly following an in-home visit from the entire Yale staff. Continue reading

Recruiting Mailbag, 10/16: Poaching, The Benefits Of Taking A Postgrad Year, 2020 Recruiting

unnamedWe live in a copycat world. I follow a lot of football recruiting analysts (shoutout to Mike “The Godfather” Farrell of Rivals.com for the main inspiration) that do weekly mailbags to answer questions from their followers. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so I tried it years ago when I was at Inside Lacrosse and now that I’m into Year 4 of Recruiting Rundown, I figured it would be an awesome way to interact with people and provide helpful information. The first mailbag in late September well enough that I mustered up the courage to open up my DM’s on Twitter to allow for questions, though you can still e-mail me questions if that’s easier. Feel free to remain anonymous, I get it, you don’t want your son embarrassed that you asked a silly question for the world to see. Continue reading

No. 30 Junior Cam Henry (McCallie, Tenn.) Picks Duke, Adding To The Blue Devils’ Stellar 2019 Class

IMG_5221
Talking with No. 30 junior Cam Henry about his process, it’s easily apparent that the final month of his recruitment was just one big ‘pinch me’ moment.

The 6-foot-4 defender for Thunder LB3 and Nation United received calls from one of the sport’s blue-bloods at 12:01 on September 1st. Then again at 12:07.

From there, Henry woke up to texts and e-mails from coaches, going through the school day with his phone away but seeing more contact in between classes when he was able to set up times to ring them back. By the time the day ended, he had received love from well over a dozen schools. Continue reading

Rosters For This Weekend’s Annual Project 9 Event

IMG_2940

To kick off event season, Mark Millon and Paul Rabil will be hosting their annual Project 9 project, bringing nearly 75 of the top high school lacrosse players to the Baltimore area for a rigorous weekend of instruction, competition and meetings to prepare for the next level. This year’s roster is arguably the most impressive to date, as 30 players are ranked in Recruiting Rundown’s Top 100 from last month.  Continue reading

Recruiting Mailbag, 9/27: Maryland’s Recent Commits, Ivy League Verbiage And The Importance of Showcases

images.washingtonpost-1.jpg
Believe it or not, it’s a happening time in the recruiting world. It’s been a month or so since the inaugural September 1st contact date for 2019’s and we’re just a few short weeks from the beginning of the November tournament circuit. Commitments, de-commitments and notable campus visits are occurring left and right as things heat up a few short weeks from 2018’s signing National Letters of Intent.  Continue reading