Editor’s note: This is a guest post by LacrosseRecruits.com Founder Chris Meade. It was originally published here.
The recruiting circuit has expanded from a showcase and a few tournaments to multiple events every weekend from October to the beginning of December. As more players focus on lacrosse throughout the year and try to take advantage of more opportunities to play in front of college coaches these recruiting events have become more important in the recruiting cycle.
For most coaches, the fall is a great time to get follow up evaluations of players that they may have only had limited opportunity to see them play over the summer.
For sophomores, the fall is the first time that top to middle tier D1 coaches are going to get a chance to start adding players to their recruiting lists. Coaches will follow players throughout the upcoming year in hopes of getting a verbal commitment at the end of next summer or the beginning of next fall.
For juniors, D1 coaches are getting a closer look at players to see if you are someone that they are going to invite onto campus for a visit or offer a spot in their recruiting class. D1 programs from the top to bottom are looking for players. On the D3 level, the fall is when coaches are adding prospects to their recruiting lists and trying to predict the trajectory of a player. (Are they a true D1 prospect? Or do I have a chance on getting him?)
For seniors, the fall is your last shot to be seen by a coach at a school that you are interested in attending. Most early decision admission’s deadlines will have past by the end of November but you still have a chance to garner interest from coaches.
Top Fall Recruiting Showcases
Each lacrosse recruiting showcase review has two sections. The first section, or “summary”, is information taken from the lacrosse recruiting camp’s website. This provides a general overview of the recruiting camp. In the second section, “our take”, The LacrosseRecruits.com experts provide their perspective on which players can benefit most from that specific lacrosse recruiting camp.
November 20/21st – San Diego, CA
In its 6th year, Adrenaline High Rollers features the top players from Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Nevada, Northern & Southern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Sasketchewan and Calgary, all of whom converge at one location to compete in front of 40+ recruiters from top NCAA & MCLA programs. Recruiters in attendance are from all levels of collegiate lacrosse to match the skill levels of multitude of potential recruits. Contrary to other recruitment venues, this will ensure that not only the top 5 players in any event get the appropriate exposure but all attending players top to bottom. Also unique from other recruiting venues, High Rollers players don’t pay excessively high amounts of money to only play a few games. Players teams are coached by top High School coaches from across the West. NCAA coaches also hold valuable expert level collegiate clinics that push and test the skills of the best players in the West. As with all Adrenaline Primetime Recruiting Events, this is considered a can’t miss for any aspiring collegiate lacrosse player in the West. Players will check in Friday night for advanced clinic sessions and be drafted for 12 teams that will compete over the weekend in intense games to catch the eye of the recruiters on hand. High Rollers participants qualify to be nominated for the Adrenaline Showcase which is the most selective event in the West, and will take place in July of 2011.
Adrenaline puts on this fall showcase with the best talent in the West.
They do a phenomenal job of getting coaches from the East Coast to come out to this event in droves. (It is really hard to get a coach to leave the Northeast for Sunny San Diego in November!) The quality of the competition continues to get better with more players getting recruiting by D1 and D3 programs.
This is the event that you want to go to if you are from the West during the Fall. I just checked their Twitter feed and they have had OSU, UNC, Middlebury, commit in the last week.
Players are either invited by email through their play at previous Adrenaline events or can have their coach recommend them.
November 20/21st – St. Pauls School, MD
The Diamond Lacrosse Showcase for male lacrosse players will be held at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, MD on November 20-21, 2010. It will feature 120 of the top male high school players in the country from the Classes of 2012 (juniors) and 2013 (sophomores).
Players will be showcased to the top college lacrosse coaches in the nation. Admittance is by invitation only. Players may be nominated by their high school or club coach. All applicants will be reviewed by the Diamond Showcase selection committee. A limited number of players at each position will be invited to participate in this event.
Coaches from many top colleges will be in attendance. A list of coaches that attended last year’s event can be found below.
Players are invited to this event based of performance at other tournaments/camps/in season. Players can also be recommended by their high school coach on the events website.
The event draws D1 programs from all over the country. Due to it’s proximity to the Baltimore area, there is a strong representation of ACC and other top D1 programs. The event has a good mix of D3 coaches in attendance as well, ranging from F&M, Dickinson, W&L, etc.
With the amount of events on the weekend of Diamond, the location is a key ingredient to having coaches attend the Diamond Showcase.
November 20/21st – Queen’s University, NC
There is no event website
This is the first year of Jake Reed’s 2012 Fall Showcase. The event is an expansion of his highly successful summer camps. The summer camp has been regarded as “the summer event” for D1 recruiting. This Fall Showcase is focused on letting players who have not committed to get a chance to prove themselves in front of D1 coaches.
Players are invited to this event by mailed invitations. There are no coach recommendations available for this event.
November 20/21st – Episcopal School, PA
The Philly Lacrosse Showcase provides a highly competitive environment for elite high school players aspiring to play college lacrosse. Each registrant is placed on a team, is guaranteed participation in three games over the course of the morning, and has a chance to be selected to play in one of three Gait Lacrosse Fab Forty All-Star games in the afternoon. Additionally, every team will be coached by a top high school coach who, over the course of the morning, will focus on teaching advanced concepts and techniques to every player.
This event is run by Coach Mike Murphy from UPenn. The Philly Showcase boasts a long list of college coaches in attendance in their inaugural year in 2009. There were coaches from Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Princeton, Hofstra, Denver, Duke and then locally from Villanova, Penn, Drexel and LaSalle. This is more of a regional event with the majority of the 300+ players coming from PA.
Players can be recommended online.
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