2020 Standouts From Sunday’s NLF Power 18 Showcase

NLF16.pngBecoming 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

Recapping The LI Elite 80, A Highly Unique Showcase Experience

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

Notes On The 2019 & 2020 Standouts From Saturday’s Terp Classic

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.
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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.

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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.
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Notes From The Legends Southwest Spotlight

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.

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

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

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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

Recap Of ‘The Pursuit’, Put On By FCA Lacrosse To Develop Players On And Off The Field

IMG_3004For Andrew Guagenti, a huge part of the allure to applying to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ The Pursuit was the opportunity to play with and against some of the best talent in the country.

The Ohio native knew that there would be enough off-the-field stuff to do at the world-class facilities at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster (Pa.), but initially, the goal was to use the three-day camp as a barometer to see how he stacked up with many of the nation’s elite.

In its first year, The Pursuit was designed as a comprehensive training and development camp for players aspiring to play at the next level. With a mix of high-level commits and heralded uncommitted gems, Guagenti figured he’d have an opportunity to see the best of both worlds. Continue reading