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'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.