Among the walls of The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, there are many different types of students. There are academically talented students, musically talented students, artistically talented students, and, of course, athletically talented students, especially in lacrosse.
Lacrosse has been a very popular sport at Boys’ Latin for a very long time now, and fortunately, some students have an opportunity to play lacrosse at great institutions; some students verbally committed to a college/university before the beginning of senior year.
Within the last five years, committing to a college early for lacrosse has happened pretty often. Arguably, college coaches recruit athletes at such a young age because they want to ‘hog’ the talent at an early age, giving the athlete an opportunity to play at his dream school depending on his skill level.
Club lacrosse, which is a lacrosse season in the summer, has become favored recently, and it allows the college coaches to find the top talent in the early times of the athletes’ careers.
Senior Tyler Steinberg, a goalie that is committed to play Division 3 lacrosse at Stevenson University, had some opinions about the lacrosse recruiting process.
“The college process is pretty challenging because you always have to play 100% all the time, since you never know what college coach is watching you. Also, it is VERY overwhelming because you may or may not have the chance to commit to the school you want to go to, so you have to keep focused throughout your high school career in order to be successful.
It is pretty nice to know where you are going before you start your senior year because you don’t have to worry about applying to multiple colleges and stressing out if you are going to get accepted or not.”
Senior Matt Sacks, a defenseman that has verbally committed to Furman University, also had something to say about early recruiting.
“I verbally committed to Furman last year during Thanksgiving break, and I have recently heard about many verbal commits that are freshmen this year. I just don’t really understand why coaches agree with allowing students who haven’t played a second of high school lacrosse yet to commit to their institution. I believe that early recruiting is sort of a gamble because coaches will never know how their recruit will play at the high school level before even playing in a game.”
The recruiting process in lacrosse has changed immensely over the years, and hopefully, more athletes will have opportunities to play college lacrosse in the future.