Relishing the opportunity to get evaluated by over 70 college coaches, 30 different high school teams transcended on Cedar Lane Park in Columbia (Md.) for the fall edition of the National High School Lacrosse Tournament. The event (we highlighted Session 1 and Session 2 this past summer) has been a popular destination for college coaches to check out players playing in an organized high school setting. Recruiting Rundown was there on Saturday, putting together an anonymous report derived from coaches in attendance.
It didn’t take long for the North American Fall Lacrosse Invitational to leave an impression on the fall recruiting circuit.
In its rookie year, the event already cemented itself as one of the fall’s better events. More than 60 colleges and 70+ college coaches overall made the trek to the Kirkwood Soccer Complex in New Castle (Del.) to check out the 2019s and 2020s on site. The event filled a gap in what is usually the toughest fall weekend to find the best competition.
“We really wanted to ensure that our event provided a first class platform to showcase the nations top club teams who were in attendance,” PrimeTime director and event co-founder Nick Daniello said. “With the fall season being so compact, it was important for us to put together a high-quality event to draw the top colleges and felt this past weekend’s event offered a high level of exposure and competition for all attending teams. ”
The fall’s limited recruiting window means that you have to impress quickly as a player, but also as a newcomer on the event scene. It did just that, bringing in top teams like PrimeTime, MadLax, New Hampshire Tomahawks, Legacy, SweetLax Upstate and Florida, Long Island Express and a whole lot more.
The high talent level on hand meant that there was a lot to take in, so here’s a look at some of the day’s biggest standouts.
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
Taking place this past weekend, the CT80 Division I Showcase was held for the first time ever at Yale at Reese Stadium. The approach to the event is a little bit different from other individual showcases. There aren’t a half dozen fields going at once with hundreds of players in attendance. It’s one field for 2019’s and one field for 2020’s with 80 kids per class in attendance making four teams. It’s not about exclusivity, it’s about exposure.
Andrew Stimmel, an assistant at Yale, told me the smaller event is by design. Any event in its first year also will have to deal with not really knowing who would attend. Continue reading
Pearse Glavin knows that his is not a normal situation, and because of that, he appreciates what he’s been given that much more.
It’s not often that you can ask a high school sophomore what is the favorite place he’s visited and get the response, “it’s hard to pick, because there have been a little too many to count.” That’s not him bragging, either, because bragging isn’t Glavin’s style. That being said, when you’ve visited more than 50 countries and more than 100 cities before you can get your driver’s permit, you’re just a little different than everyone else.
“When I was in third grade, my whole family took the year off and went to live in Europe,” said Glavin, a 2020 attackman at The Haverford School (Pa.) and for the Rising Sons. “I guess I’d say my favorite was Vienna, Austria, because that’s where we used as a home base as we figured out where to travel. It was an unbelievable experience and I learned a lot about myself. I learned to communicate with others despite a language barrier and I think it helped develop my empathy for people.”
In eighth grade, Glavin had a similar experience when he got to visit all seven continents, including Antarctica. He fell in love with New Zealand because, “it doesn’t seem like it belongs to this world. It’s so pristine and almost untouched by civilization. There’s nothing like it in the U.S.” A trip to Cairo, Egypt gave him a new sense of perspective when he and his mom and cousin needed to have a caravan escort to get into the city because of the civil unrest in the Egyptian capital.
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
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
Alex Albertson plays lacrosse for Parkland and used to run cross-country for the Trojans, but he’s a little different than the rest of his teammates.
For one, they’re his teammates, not necessarily his classmates. His school day usually starts around 9:30 in the morning. By that time, Parkland is usually a couple periods deep into the day. Last year, Albertson helped the Trojans win the PIAA District 11 championship and make the state tournament, but he’s yet to take a class with his teammates.
So 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.