Ideal Recruits

This article from USA Today on the "ideal recruit" was an interesting read and something I've talked about with lacrosse coaches for a while.

I think GPA is a great indicator of a young man’s work ethic and the effort he is willing to give.
— Augustana basketball coach Tim Billeter

You can hear two podcasts I did this year on with High Point head lacrosse coach Jon Torpey and Tufts head coach Casey D’Annolfo that discusses this topic in detail.

I've known Coach Torpey for a number of years and my favorite anecdote about how he evaluates potential recruits is included in the podcast. To paraphrase, if you're riding in the front seat of the car while your mom is crammed up in the back seat, you may hear about it from Torpey.


What I've noticed over the years with talking to coaches is they notice all the things recruits don't think they do. Everyone plays their best at a recruiting event with 50 coaches lined up along the sideline. But what about arguing with your parents while standing at the concession stand? They see that too and it garners as much attention as your on-field performance.

Coach D’Annolfo and I discussed the advantages and potential missteps a recruit can make on social media and how it can affect recruiting. I wanted to know if coaches really are paying attention to what recruits say online.

Typing a post on your phone can feel like a solitary act since you don't have to see anyone's reaction in person. It might feel like only a few people will even see it. But if a coach is making the choice between two recruits and one has iffy social media posts, which one do you think they'll go with?

The bottom line is coaches want players who produce on the field and don't cause them problems off it.

What have you found college coaches look for in an ideal recruit? Leave your thoughts below.


Mike Loveday

I started my journalism career in college as an entertainment writer and eventually moved into the Sports Editor position. After graduation I worked as a Stringer for the Wilmington Star-News and covered Track & Field and Lacorsse. After eight months I was hired as a General Assignment Reporter for the Topsail Voice. In 2006, I was hired by Student Sports as a general assignment writer and moved into the role of Editor for Purchased by ESPN in July 2008, Student Sports relaunched as and I was promoted to the Contact Sports Editor in charge of football and lacrosse. In 2009, I took over lacrosse full-time. I am currently the Founder and COO of and the Mid-Atlantic reporter for US Lacrosse and where I manage the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 voting panel and a staff of four freelance journalists.