Yesterday was a landmark day for Orange County lacrosse as a record number of local seniors showed up on signing day to make official their commitments to play college lacrosse. Not only do the signees get an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate their accomplishments, they also serve as role models for the next generation of high school players who have college lacrosse aspirations. These younger players and their parents dream of someday seeing their picture in the newspaper, the web, and social media when they sign their National Letters of Intent. With that in mind, we felt it was good timing to offer up a recommended reading mini list for up and coming college prospects and their parents.
The takeaway from the first item on our list is that grades matter. Hoya Suxa reports in SB Nation that only fencing and gymnastics have higher graduation success rates than 90% GSR achieved by NCAA lacrosse players. You can be sure that college coaches do not want to jeopardize this achievement and that they are keeping an eye on the high school grades while on the recruiting trail. As it says in the article “This is a good thing: Diplomas are generally useful things, and not just to make otherwise barren walls look more exciting.” Special thanks to former Santa Margarita lacrosse player and Tesoro coacb Desmond Bolia for the following video reminder.
Item number 2: College lacrosse recruiting is going through a dynamic (volatile?) time, and the rules of the game are evolving. Virtually unheard of a few years ago, high school freshmen are making verbal college commitments with increasing regularity. Not surprisingly, some of these young men and recruiters will have a change of heart or mind during the long time span between “commitment’ and college enrollment. Read Ty Xanders’ article on this trend in RecruitingRundown.com. In fact, you may want to bookmark this site.
And finally, their is more than one way to get there. A year of post-graduate study or playing in junior college are two options that are much more common on the east coast than the west. Read our article on Cameron Stone’s JUCO to D1 success story. This is just a casual observation but as the average age of recruits gets younger, the average age of college lacrosse players seems to be getting older with what seems to be an increasing number of commitment announcements including a note that the player will take a PG year.