|Early recruiting for college lacrosse back in the hot seat |
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 11:00:08 AM
As NCAA Fall Ball is gearing up and high school players have taken to the fields, the debate over early recruiting of lax players has reared its ugly head. Several blogs have posted scathing commentaries on the practice, which involves colleges making verbal agreements with underclassmen players, reportedly some as young as high school sophomores, for commitment to their university programs.
It has become so widespread that The New York Times published a story on the practice at the end of last season. The article reported that seven sophomores at Chaminade High School, in Foxborough, Massachusetts, had already made such arrangements with D-I programs by May 2012. The teenagers were not even on the school's varsity team at the time.
Jack Moran, the coach of the Chaminade junior varsity team, which the seven recruited players were members of, told the source, "It's really accelerated drastically. For the parents, if their kid is in 10th grade and they've heard that somebody has verbally committed and their kid hasn't, they start to worry: 'Is it too late? Did we miss the boat?'"
The source reported that of the 20 top-ranked D-I teams, 12 had made at least one similar agreement with a sophomore prospect.
Conor Wilson of Lacrosse All Stars reamed recruiting of 15-year-olds in a recent post, pointing out that "college is about college, not just lacrosse" and called for the NCAA to regulate recruitment.
Despite attempts to curb the practice from organizations like the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA), the consensus among coaches also seems to be that only an injunction from the NCAA would be successful in stopping early recruiting.
Hold on to your lax helmets, folks. According to the Times article, the IMLCA has submitted proposals to the governing body of the sport.