Despite greater access to video and more exposure to talented athletes at tournaments and camps, young players still struggle with matching their talent to a potential school. Here’s a cold shower.
- Check Recruiting Rundown to see if that school’s class is already full. If you’re not aware of Recruiting Rundown, you’re not serious about being recruited. The website will allow you to track what schools are filling up and what types of players schools are recruiting. Duke, for example, has three 2017 attackmen committed. They probably aren’t looking for another attackman. (You’re soft human being if you blame accelerated recruiting on media coverage.)
Let’s say you’re interested in Georgetown because you’ve heard it is a good school and because they haven’t been in the post season in a while and you think you’re good enough to play there.
- Recruiting Rundown lists ten 2017 commits, three 2018 commits, and no 2019 commits. Let’s say for the purposes of this post, you’re a 2018 attackman.
- Go to Lax.com (new website is a little messy) and pull up Georgetown’s 2015 roster with stats. Identify an attackman who registered zero points in 2015. Let’s take a look at junior Connor Gallegos from Manassas, Virginia. Nevermind, he’s not listed on the 2015-2016 roster so we’ll examine the next pointless attackman then sophomore John van de Veerdonk from Putnam Valley, New York.
- Compare everything about this athlete to you. Is he from a more competitive area? Is he taller and bigger than you? (Listed at 6’0″ 170lbs.) Did he play multiple sports? A better question is, did he excel at multiple sports? (Seven varsity letters in lacrosse and soccer, all league in soccer as senior.) Are you on pace to score as many points in high school? (Scored 136 goals and had 76 assists during his four-year lacrosse career.) Consider the family. Did his parents player sports? Do his siblings play sports? (Brother played at Oneonta and was named Second Team All-American during his junior season and an All-America Honorable Mention as a senior.)
Van de Veerdonk, despite having an incredible name, only appeared in one game as a freshman and five games as a sophomore, registering one shot. The good news for him is that the top two point scorers, also listed as a attackmen, were seniors. The bad news is there are four attackmen who registered points in 2015 returning. If your athletic profile falls short of the above, you need to rethink the schools on your list.
Van de Veerdonk has appeared in six years in two years. He recorded one shot in 2015. This pattern suggests he won’t play much moving forward unless there are major injuries and he’s more developed as a college attackman.
So if your profile doesn’t match his high school resume, why would a school like Georgetown be interested in you? They already have attackman, middies, defensemen, goalies who never see the field and may never see the field until senior day. They don’t need to add another bench member.
Of course, being on the bench doesn’t mean they’ve failed or that they’re bad people who won’t get a great college education. Safe to say a lot of athletes who trade places with a reserve player at Georgetown. It just means they weren’t good enough to play on game day. And, if they weren’t good enough to play on game day, and you’re not projected to be a 7 year varsity letter winner with over 130 career points in New York, you don’t need to keep Georgetown on your list.
Something we’ve written about before but must repeat as we get ready to enter the winter prospect day rounds.