Recruiting Rundown’s Top 100 College Freshmen, Part 2

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After last night’s release of the Top 100’s upper half of current college freshmen, it’s time to unveil players 51-100, as many players will begin this weekend. As previously mentioned, these rankings differ from the underclass rankings that are put out each summer. While sophomores, juniors and seniors’ placement is meant to reflect their talents at the high school level, this edition of the Top 100 is meant to project a player’s four-year career, taking into consideration all of the variables that come with the college game and how the athletes fit in at their respective program. Depth charts, live scouts, film, conversations with college coaches and a plethora of other factors are taken into consideration more than high school stats and accomplishments. Continue reading

Recruiting Rundown’s Top 50 College Freshmen For The Class Of 2016

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There’s little doubt that the evolution of the recruiting landscape has made it easier to track the development of prospects nationwide. Due to the process being sped up over the years, North America’s best young lacrosse players are on display for evaluators from the time kids enter high school until the end of their careers. Beyond that, the U-19 World Games (taking place every four years) have become key in identifying the potential difference makers at the next level. While there were plenty of impact players on the list you’ll find below that were left off of the U-19 teams – whether that was due to age or missing the cut at tryouts – there were a few dozen that left their mark.

This year, the tournament MVP finds himself in the No. 1 spot.  Continue reading

Recruiting Rundown’s Top 100 High School Seniors – Class of 2017

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No. 1 recruit Matt Moore

After last week’s release of the five-stars in the Class of 2017, it’s time to unveil the rest of the Top 100 high school seniors. 28 different Division I programs have commitments from players within these rankings with five or more from Notre Dame, Hopkins, UNC, Harvard, UVA, Maryland, Ohio State, Denver and Duke.  Continue reading

StringKing / Recruiting Rundown Top 25 High School Power Rankings: Week 11

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After a weekend of private school championships, there’s a new No. 1 in North America: McDonogh School of Owings Mills (Md.), victors in the MIAA championship on Friday night. The Eagles have accumulated six wins over last week’s Top 25 and four over teams in this week’s rankings, going a perfect 11-0 in league play. Seven other Top 10 teams changed positions in this week’s StringKing / RR rankings, looking more and more like the final edition in a few weeks. Several other teams, however, will contend for promotions as postseasons continue to play out in places like New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.  Continue reading

Recruiting Rundown Prep Top 10 (5/19), Powered By National 175

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Chaos has taken over throughout the year… just not this week. Several teams picked up crucial wins and the Deerfield Academy Big Green captured the Western New England title, as a postseason doesn’t yet exist in that league. Also of note, Lawrenceville (N.J.) picked up a second consecutive win over Hun (N.J.) in the Inter-Ac Challenge quarterfinals, moving on to play Culver (Ind.) in Friday’s semifinals.

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Sideline Swap / Recruiting Rundown Top 25 Private School Rankings: Week 10

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This is the last week that high school fans will see minimal movement within the upper half of the Sideline Swap / Recruiting Rundown Private School Top 25. With IAC and MIAA championships coming up, the four teams on top will be sorted out, as they’ve all played each other. Having finished the season with another WCAC crown, Gonzaga’s sitting pretty but will likely jump up a spot depending on who wins those aforementioned conference championships.  Continue reading

StringKing / Recruiting Rundown Top 25 High School Power Rankings: Week 10

mkwcymjn05bnxqt2.jpgThere wasn’t a whole lot of turmoil that occurred over the past week, but some mixing and matching took place as quality wins were accumulated. Boys’ Latin (Md.) jumped into the No. 5 spot and will play in the MIAA semifinals on Monday night, while Gonzaga (a team that the Lakers beat) stays in the No. 6 position and Victor (N.Y.) falls to No. 7. The rankings will continue to change as playoff match-ups take place.

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Recruiting Rundown Prep Top 10 (5/12), Powered By National 175

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As I pointed out in last week’s inaugural Prep Top 10, the previous seven days made it much easier to re-rank these teams the second time around.

To start, nothing changes with the top two, though there’s a solid amount of separation between Hill/Deerfield and the eight teams behind them. Taft (Conn.) goes from No. 6 to No. 3 after a strong week, switching places with Florida’s IMG Academy (a team that finished its season) due to overall body of work and strength of schedule. Lawrenceville (N.J.) joins the fun at No. 7 after knocking off nemesis Hun School (N.J.) to capture the New Jersey state prep title, 13-6. It was difficult figuring out the 10th and final spot after several teams lost, but undefeated New Hampton (N.H.) found their way in despite a less than stellar strength of schedule. Check out the rest of the list as well as a rundown of the top five teams and how they fared.  Continue reading

StringKing / Recruiting Rundown Top 25 High School Power Rankings: Week 9

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Seven teams in last week’s Top 25 dropped games over the past few days, so shakeup is abundant in Week 9. Nothing changes at the top, however, as No. 1 Hill Academy of Canada completed their season this weekend with a pair of wins to finish a perfect 11-0 in a week in which they were featured at length in a Sports Illustrated article. The rest of the top five also stays where it is, as McDonogh (Md.), Darien (Conn.) and Victor (N.Y.) all survived significant challenges while Bullis (Md.) has been relatively untested over the past week leading up to the postseason.  Continue reading