Nov. 11, 2008
Part One (Sept. 2008): Free Fall? | Peer Review: Shannon Smith
Part Two (Oct. 2008): Passport to Campus | Peer Review: Gordie Wells
Part Three (Nov. 2008): Too Vested in Verbals? | Peer Review: Lily Ricci
Recruiting is a topic on which families, prospects, coaches and others expend considerable resources, time and emotion. Lacrosse Magazine will delve into many of the sub-topics involved in a series of articles, augmented by personal stories from young men and women that have recently completed or are in the midst of the recruiting process.
Part Three of the series examines verbal commitments, which might not mean what they once did in the evolving realm of lacrosse recruiting. This article appears in the November issue of LM, a US Lacrosse publication available exclusively to its members. Join today to start your monthly subscription.
Early in the summer, I had narrowed my recruitment down to two schools: Vermont and Oregon. I took unofficial visits to both and went to their camps. I knew I would have a tough time deciding.
But on July 1, Brown coach Keely McDonald called. We had the best conversation, not only about lacrosse at Brown, but about college in general. So I flew to Providence, R.I., and after 20 minutes on the Brown campus, I could see myself there. I met with Coach McDonald, and that's when I knew I wanted to go to Brown and play lacrosse.
She explained that I would go through the admissions process just like everyone else. I would submit an early application so Brown could afford me a likely letter as soon as Oct. 1. As far as being accepted, Coach McDonald told me that my scores didn't present any problems, but still do the best I could on the application because the class of 2009 is regarded as one of the most academically competitive in years.
Three days after I got home, I called her and simply said, `I want to go to Brown!'
After I made my decision, I had to call the other schools and let them know that I had decided on Brown. Calling Vermont was definitely one of the harder phone calls I've ever had to make, but I felt responsible to do it because of the personal relationship I had with the coach. No other schools contacted me after I committed because it was almost August, and I guess the recruiting season was coming to a close. One thing I will say, though, is that on July 1, I've never felt so wanted in my life, and I probably never will again!
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