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
Due to the new recruiting rules being put in place back in the spring, the Class of 2019 received a ton of eyes this summer as coaches universally emphasized upperclassmen more than before, spending June and July shuffling names on their lists in preparation for the September 1st contact date. Whether committed or not, coaches gained a strong idea of the cream of the crop within the class, and we did too.
It’s a class that may not be as loaded top to bottom as previous and future classes, but there are certainly strengths in areas like LSM/D and the face-off position, in particular. Of course, there’s still plenty of time to see how things shake out as players develop over the next two years heading into college. Right now, the following 100 players stand out, and I’m fired up to present Recruiting Rundown’s annual rankings for the rising junior class. Continue reading
After hours upon hours of research leading up to tonight’s release, I couldn’t be more excited to unveil the Top 100 senior rankings. It’s a tedious and thankless task indeed, but something that I take pride in after eight years of putting player rankings together.
In case you missed it, first have a look at the five-stars in the Class of 2018, which also includes a full breakdown on each player’s skill set and accomplishments – in other words, what separated those players from the rest of the pack. Each player listed 21 through 100 automatically receives four stars, while an additional group of five-stars will be unveiled in the months to come. Continue reading
While it was another relatively unexciting week in terms of changes within the rankings, the next couple of days will help determine a lot when it comes to regional bragging rights. In DC, Bullis moves up two spots to No. 14 after a semifinal win and will look to stand in the way of Landon’s hopes of an IAC title and national championship on Friday. Up in New England, Brunswick and Avon Old Farms will square off on Wednesday afternoon in a highly anticipated matchup.
It was a relatively calm week in the high school lacrosse landscape, as the only notable entrant into the Top 10 is La Salle (Pa.), who passed the eye test at Under Armour’s Banner Field in Baltimore on Friday. Top-ranked Landon (Md.) moved closer to an undefeated season with three more solid wins, while Culver (Ind.) and Darien (Conn.) have upcoming tests against notable regional talent.
A week after Landon (Md.) slid into the No. 1 spot, there was more turmoil towards the top, as Culver (Ind.) swapped places with Hill Academy (Ont.) after topping the Pride in Detroit. Perhaps most notably, Calvert Hall (Md.) and St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) make massive jumps from the twenties after upsetting McDonogh (Md.) and Chaminade (N.Y.), respectively. Check out the rest of the changes and additions below.
After Top 25 wins over Bullis and St. Ignatius Prep, Landon (Md.) takes over the No. 1 spot from Hill Academy (Ont.), pushing its record to 12-0 just over halfway through the Bears’ season. Elsewhere, little change occurred within the Top 10, besides Victor (N.Y.) sliding in with a week of solid tests against Midwest prep notables coming up.
This week’s edition of the Recruiting Rundown High School Top 25 saw a ton of changes (following losses by nine previously ranked teams) and a new No. 1 in the land: Hill Academy from Ontario. The Pride rolled into the states and returned to the Great White North unblemished with notable wins over Boys’ Latin, Loyola Blakefield, IMG Academy and Noble & Greenough, among others. They supplant Culver (Ind.), who fell to Haverford (Pa.) in double overtime on Sunday.
Recruiting Rundown is pleased to introduce the preseason HS Top 25 rankings for the third consecutive year. With the season kicking off in the Mid-Atlantic this week (if not affected by the impending storms), the rankings resume on March 29th and will run every Wednesday until June.
It was particularly difficult to anoint a No. 1 this year, as a plethora of teams lost crucial contributors in the Class of 2016, a group that has already made a tremendous impact in the Division I ranks.
After this week’s unveiling of the Top 100 recruits in Division I (Top 50 here, 51-100 here), it’s time to list the recruiting classes that are sure to take the college ranks by storm over the next four years. Not surprisingly, ACC and Big 10 powerhouses account for eight of the top ten positions along with two notable Ivy League programs. Continue reading