College Recruiting Timeline
Before we discuss a timeline for college recruiting, let's make sure you understand the MOST important thing that will increase your chances of playing at a college, and save you time and heartbreak: Listen to your recruiting advisor. He or she will help you through the process.
GPA/ SATs / ACTs. Having a 3.7 GPA and very high board scores will open the door to 95% of the lacrosse-playing schools. The more schools that can recruit you, the more options you have. The more options you have, the less stressful the recruiting process will be. If you have a GPA lower than 3.0, you close the doors of all Ivy League, Patriot League, or NESCAC Schools.
Prioritize Academics over Athletics. Don't base your decision of where to attend college solely on their recruitment of you. Choose a school that is a good fit for you academically. Use lacrosse as a vehicle to get you into the best college possible. What happens if you choose not to play after your freshman year? Will you still like the school?
Be realistic about your skill level. The number of players that play at the top Division-One schools is very small. There are 50 D1 schools; each school recruits 10-12 players per year. Are you one of the top 500 in the country? Being realistic about your ability from the beginning will make the recruiting process a lot less stressful and ultimately more rewarding. You might be wasting your time concentrating your efforts on D1 when D3 is a better option. You will find great lacrosse at the D2 and D3 level!
Be active in the process. Don’t just wait to be recruited. Your lacrosse advisor will steer you toward the right contacts and help you navigate through the system, but you are responsible to produce most of the work. Create a profile: keep track of your GPA, team records, personal stats, and inform coaches of interest in the camps and tournaments you will be attending. Always start with an email to the schools you are interested in, introducing yourself to the coaches.
NEVER close a door… If you receive an email from a coach, reply in a timely and respectful fashion. You might not be interested at the time, but you might later on in the process. Or, the coach could leave that school and get a position at the school of your choice.