Quint Kessenich recently wrote an article reacting to the decrease of age among high school recruits. Here, he gives keen insight as to what college coaches are asking themselves when recruiting a player, and it’s not all about his/her lacrosse skills. Let’s look at a few of the questions that stood out to me the most.
How will he fit into the culture of our university, socially and academically?
All universities are different in their team chemistry, social scene, and academic rigor. Therefore when a coach has recruiting power, it becomes their responsibility to make sure the recruit is a good fit for the “student” side of “student-athlete”. An example of how college social scenes differ is the team’s policy on fraternity life. Some coaches will allow you to rush for the largest frat on campus, and others won’t allow you to rush at all. My coach fell under the latter category with the belief that one’s teammates should be the brothers. As for academics, the structure of classes can be a deciding factor for recruits. So whenever you get a chance to speak with a coach, ask him how long a term is, how many hours of class a week do you take, how many courses do you take at once, what time of day do classes usually occur, and how does team practice fit in with my class schedule for X major? Trust me, you’ll want to know if you’ll have 6 am practices once or twice a week, or a consistent practice schedule in the afternoon. Like I said, every program is different, so make sure you know ahead of time.
Can you trust him?
I love how vague this question is. It shows how their is no checklist for coaches to consult for a recruit. The recruiting process is truly a communicative process where two parties form a relationship. The most nerve racking thing for me in my process was calling coaches, but having a conversation with a person is the best way for them to get to know the real you. Over email you can refine your sentences to make yourself sound smarter or harder working, but the phone is a great tool for communicating your honest self. My advice is to just talk lax with them any chance you get. Don’t be scared. Their job is to communicate with athletes, so it’ll flow better than you think.
How does he handle adult distractions?
Coaches talk with each other and other players about recruits, so they’ll find out how hard you party whether you like it or not. Most coaches expect you to act in a way that wouldn’t make your grand mother happy, but it’s your job to hide it from the public eye as best as possible. So no vines of you and your buddies drawing on a kid that’s passed out, or Facebook status’ like “Drunk AF last night…btw, who has my shoes?”. Part of a coach’s responsibility is to make sure you don’t cause their school to have a poor image. You represent yourself, your family, your high school, your town, your future schools, and your coaches. So don’t screw the pooch, dude.
Is he ever disrespectful?
This kind of goes along the same lines as the one above, but is one issue growing in importance. Lacrosse is not viewed as a gentleman sport by a lot of people. Sadly, the “lax bro” term which used to be a funny inside joke for us, has turned into a derogatory term used by non laxers. As Adrenaline has outlined with their Awareness Campaign, “lax bro” represents someone who is disrespectful in nature. Now, us laxers know that it’s usually one kid who spoils our reputation for the rest of us, but that’s how life goes. So, its up to the rest of us to become better public figures in our schools, towns, and communities.
Check out the rest of the questions in Quint’s article and just think about each of them to yourself. How can you act off the field that’ll help your chances getting recruited? And a final word of caution: if you re-tweet or re-vine something you now represent those thoughts. So be careful with that, man.