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I’m sure the Kology outcome drove a lot of reflection for the staff.

Quite honestly I don’t believe there is a legitimate strategy to cover all the recruiting trails now with a staff of a head coach + 2-3 assistants. Video helps, of course. But as a practical matter you do have to lean at least somewhat on proxies for the kids (their club coaches & high school coach who is always selling) & the surrogates (the Inside Lacrosse guys, other recruiting watchers/evaluators etc.); those are often bad approaches once you get past the first 20-30 obviously top regarded players in each class.

Kology is a great example. He could’ve been a great player at D3 Amherst or MCLA Cal Berkeley. If he had been nobody would be saying today that we missed one there. In truth there are handfuls of kids at D3 programs & even at some MCLA programs who would see the field at UVa. Some could be multi year starters even if given a shot. So there’s more good players out there than anyone thought before. Now it is a matter of profiling the guys you want. Tall dudes at close d. Fast guys with bigger size size at LSM with marginal stick skills being ok, we can clean that up. Guys who fit certain profiles at other positions, etc.

We know now the whole “this 8th grade guy is a beast” or the “lax IQ is there because pops played back in the day” is exactly the way you don’t want to recruit. But the better way to recruit requires an immense amount of resources. It leads to better players on the field, but it is hard. Lars & Co seem to be pulling it off. How, I don’t know. But I sure am glad they picked the locks first to figure out a way off he beaten path. It is working.

(In response to this post by CAV itee)

Posted: 09/16/2021 at 1:55PM


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