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Having been exposed to recruiting with my son I've learn a lot -

biggest misconception is that the best players go to the best lacrosse schools. That's not to say this doesn't happen the majority of the time but unlike basketball and football where everyone is getting full rides.
When you break up a roster of 40+ guys into 12.6 scholarships, money can be the biggest factor. My son's high school team has twenty four Division 1 commits with plenty of boys who are not committed yet on the team. Some are going to Maryland, Lehigh, Bucknell but there is a large number going to Hobart, Vermont, Bryant, etc.
I can assure you if you watched them play without knowing where they are committed, you couldn't distinguish one from the other. And in many cases, you'd come away more impressed with the guys going to "lesser" schools.
They are getting more money at Vermont coupled with playing time than they would at Duke or UNC. Without the money in many cases they may not be going to play in college at all.
The other thing is there are quite a few Canadians on his team. Due to the current exchange rate between the Looney and the Dollar, if their scholarship money isn't significant enough they'll head back to Canada.
There was an LSM last year who made it to the final cuts of the U-19 Canada team. This kid was phenomenal, I watched him shutdown a Duke commit from Westminster last year. Literally took the kid out of the game. He was committed to the University of Hartford. A great student who wanted to be in the engineering program and it was going to be paid for.
They had a coaching change and the new coach in essence said it wouldn't be possible for him to do both.
So he decommited and wound up at McGill playing field lax.
It's a fascinating process but don't underestimate how money moves the needle. The early commits are doing so because recently that scholarship money at some schools was already allocated by their freshman year of high school. It will be fascinating to see what happens now when the recruiting window is reduced from 3.5 years to 14 months.

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Posted: 04/21/2017 at 3:35PM


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