Looking back on his recruiting process, Palos Verdes defenseman Brandon Clark sees it as a simple one. But going through it, the process seemed like it would never end.
After tons of tournament play, reaching out to schools and practicing in his personal time, Clark committed to NCAA Division I Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Aug. 1.
“Just to keep grinding and work out as much as you can by yourself and put in the hours in the gym by yourself,” Clark said of his advice for getting recruited.
“It’s hard to get recruited out of the gate, so you’ve got to put in the time and when you do, you’re putting in the time, just don’t get over stressed out and don’t get down on yourself no matter what happens. Keep working out and keep working on yourself and eventually something good will happen.”
Clark, who was named First Team All-Bay League and Second Team All-LA Area after last season, took an official visit to Mount Saint Mary’s in June.
“I felt that academically, it was the perfect fit for me,” Clark said. “I really enjoyed the campus and I really enjoyed just being there and the coaching staff, I loved every part of the coaching staff and I liked the chemistry too and everything they had to offer there. So I thought it was a perfect fit for me.”
Clark will join a Mount St. Mary’s team that went 9-7 overall last season and 5-1 in Northeastern Conference play. The team lost in overtime to Robert Morris University in NEC semifinals in early May.
The defenseman said he has felt a huge sense of relief since committing and can now focus on having a strong senior season with the Sea Kings, which includes the goal of winning a CIF Southern Section title.
Palos Verdes lacrosse has already taught him a lot and helped shaped the character Clark will take with him to the college level.
“How to be a good teammate, first and foremost,” he said. “You’re trying to focus on yourself but also something bigger than yourself and that’s your team. How to work hard even when sometimes you don’t want to, you’re too tired too or you think you’re too tired to. You always need to work had and be there for your teammates when they need you.”