The Fall Lacrosse Recruiting Showcase Guide
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 freshmen and 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 17/18th – 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 17-18th, 2012. It will feature 120 of the top male high school players in the country from the Classes of 2014 (juniors) and 2015 (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. The majority of invites are sent after scouts review players throughout June and July.
Coaches from many top colleges will be in attendance. A list of coaches that attended last year's event can be found on their website.
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.
Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip 2012 Showcase
November 17/18th – 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. Jake will have a Freshman/Sophomore Class as well as a Junior Class.
Players are invited to this event by mailed invitations. There are no coach recommendations available for this event.
Players can be considered by applying on September 1st here, http://lacrosserecruits.com/jakereedbluechipsubmissions.php.
National Invite Fall Select 175
November 20th – Loomis Chaffee, CT
This event is invitation only and was created to provide a showcase venue for the top players seeking to get recruited while competing against other top players. This one day showcase event, held on November 20th, 2012 regionally in CT will offer a special opportunity for players in the 3 recruiting grades to be seen by what we expect to be a very large number of college coaches. Held on the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving, the players will assemble early in the morning and be given teams to play on in a competitive venue whereby they will all play 3 games against players in their same graduation year.
This event is run by Ted Garber (Loomis), Mike Chenanchuk (St. Anthonys, LI Express) and Jeff Braimeier (Darien, LI Express). The NI 175 Fall is venturing into an area that no other event has entered. After reviewing NCAA recruiting regulations, they realized that the Tuesday before Thanksgiving was a day coaches could still recruit. This gives them a unique position in the Fall calendar, a day without interference from other showcases or tournaments. It seems that there is no reason for coahces not to turn out for what will be a very large Prep School and Northeast presence.
Players can apply here, https://natinvite175fs.ngin.com/register/form/354846288.
November 17/18th – 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 Andrew Hayes (Episcopal HS). 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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