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Talent Gets You Noticed; Grades Get You an Offer

Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by ESPN Rise

Talent gets you noticed, grades get you an offer

Coaches look for A's and B's and high PSAT scores from potential lacrosse recruits


Joel White (11) of Syracuse University turns the corner after stealing the ball from John Glynn (20) of Cornell University during the final seconds of regulation during the Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Syracuse defeated Cornell 10-9 in overtime for the national title. Larry French/NCAA Photos (NCAA Photos via AP Images)
High school athletes can have more opportunities with better grades. Photo By: Larry French/NCAA Photos
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EDITORS NOTE: ESPN RISE editors release a new lacrosse story in the weekly series Recruiting Road every Tuesday. We feature coaches' and recruiters' answers to some of the most asked recruiting questions.

Getting noticed, putting together a good highlight tape and playing in important events will only take a high school lacrosse player so far.

If the athlete does not have the grades to get into a school, it won't matter how talented they are on the field.

As recruiting has accelerated, with players committing before their junior seasons, coaches have started looking at grades during freshman year and PSAT’s to get an idea if that player will qualify.

ESPN RISE spoke with two Division I coaches about what coaches look for academically.

ESPN RISE: What academic requirements do coaches look for when recruiting a player?

Lelan Rogers, Syracuse Recruiting Coordinator
“Every kid needs to have a broad base – your four sciences, four English, four math and social science. We like for kid’s GPA to be the higher the better. If a kid is a good high school student we can go ahead and put more time in other areas rather than keeping an eye on (them). If I get a kid around an 1,100 or 1,200 SAT and a 3.2 to 3.5 GPA, I feel pretty good about that.”

Growing Pains
Lacrosse is growing rapidly in high school, according to a US Lacrosse report the sport has grown from more than 250,000 participants in 2001 to more than 560,000 in 2009.

In contrast,
according to LaxPower.com, NCAA Division I lacrosse has gone from 50 teams in 1981 to only 60 in 2010. The number of participants has grown from 1,600 to a modest 2,500. With more high school athletes vying for a Division I scholarship, the process has grown more competitive.
Charles Toomey, Loyola
“We all want the best student we can get who fits the admissions profile for our university. It’s important they understand that we’re now looking at their freshman- and sophomore-year grades. We’re also looking at PSAT’s. Those are becoming important years and important tests because it gives us an indication of where they’re going to be when they’re making their commitment.”

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