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October 18, 2010

Fall Recruiting Showcases Give Coaches, Aspiring Players Another Look

by Chris Meade | LacrosseRecruits.com | updated 10.18.10 at 12:31 p.m.

Adrenaline High Rollers pairs the top recruits in the West with renowned coaches, offering exposure for players from non-traditional areas aspiring to play lacrosse in college.

The lacrosse 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 an opportunity to get follow-up evaluations of players whom they may have only had limited opportunity to see play over the summer.

For sophomores, the fall is the first time that top- to middle-tier Division I coaches are going to get a chance to add them 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, Division I coaches are getting a closer look 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. Division I programs from to bottom are looking for players. On the Division III level, the fall is when coaches are adding prospects to their recruiting lists and trying to predict the trajectory of a player. (For instance, is he a true D-I prospect, or do I have a chance of 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 admissions deadlines have expired by the end of November, but you still have a chance to garner interest from coaches.

Here's a look at the top fall recruiting showcases. Each review has two sections -- a summary of information taken from the event or camp Web site and our take, the LacrosseRecruits.com experts' perspective on which players can benefit most from that specific event or camp.

ADRENALINE HIGH ROLLERS

Nov. 20-21, San Diego, Calif | More Info

Summary: In its sixth year, Adrenaline High Rollers features the top players from Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Nevada, Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Sasketchewan and Calgary, all of whom converge at one location to compete in front of 40-plus recruiters from top NCAA and MCLA programs. Recruiters in attendance are from all levels of collegiate lacrosse to match the skill levels of potential recruits. Contrary to other recruitment venues, this will ensure that not only the top five players in any event, but all attending players top to bottom, get the appropriate exposure.

Also unique from other recruiting venues, High Rollers players don't pay excessively high amounts of money to only play a few games. Teams are coached by top high school coaches from 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 2011.

Our Take: 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. (Like it's 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 D-I and D-III programs.

This is the event that you want to go to if you are from the West during the fall. I just checked Adrenaline's Twitter feed: Ohio State, North Carolina and Middlebury coaches have committed to attend in the last week.

Players are either invited by e-mail through their play at previous Adrenaline events or can have their coach recommend them.

DIAMOND SHOWCASE

Nov. 20-21, St. Paul's School, Baltimore | More Info

Summary: The Diamond Lacrosse Showcase features 120 of the top high school boys' lacrosse 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 on the event Web site.

Our Take: Players are invited to this event based on performance at other tournaments and camps in-season. Players can also be recommended by their high school coaches on the event's Web site.

The Diamond Showcase draws D-I programs from all over the country. Due to its proximity to the Baltimore area, there is a strong representation of ACC and other top D-I programs. The event has a good mix of D-III coaches in attendance as well, like Franklin and Marshall, Dickinson and Washington and Lee.

With many events transpiring the same weekend, the location is a key ingredient to having coaches attend the Diamond Showcase.

JAKE REED'S NIKE BLUE CHIP 2012 SHOWCASE

Nov. 20-21, Queens University, Charlotte, N.C.

Summary: There is no Web site, as this will be the first time this event is held. It's the latest in a highly successful series of camps and showcases organized by Jake Reed.

Our Take: 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 D-I recruiting. This fall showcase is focused on letting players who have not committed get a chance to prove themselves in front of D-I coaches.

Players are invited to this event by mailed invitations. There are no coach recommendations available for this event.

PHILLY SHOWCASE

Nov. 20-21, Episcopal Academy, Newton Square, Pa. | More Info

Summary: 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.

Our Take: This event is run by Episcopal (Pa.) boys' lacrosse coach Andrew Hayes. The Philly Showcase boasted 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 La Salle. This is more of a regional event, with the majority of the 300-plus players coming from Pennsylvania.

Players can be recommended online.


Chris Meade is co-founder of LacrosseRecruits.com, the Official Recruiting Tool of US Lacrosse. LacrosseRecruits.com streamlines the recruiting process for you and exponentially increases your visibility among college coaches by making it convenient for them to see you play and view your profile. He will be submitting posts and commentary about the recruiting process periodically on LMO.

For questions or comments, e-mail chris@lacrosserecruits.com.


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