By: Justin Zulu
There is no doubt Glenelg's junior class is going places; some just happen to already know where.
Throughout the fall and winter, nine student-athletes announced their verbal commitments to eight Division-I schools to continue their athletic careers.
Lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer programs so far have talked to and contacted multiple standout athletes in the junior class. These athletes include AJ Eyre, Kamryn Henson, Ava Hernandez, Lara Hoeflich, Chloe Key, Ashley Kim, Kate Kim, Stephanie Lathrop, Maggie Metz, and Holland Swope.
NCAA Division I coaches can contact female lacrosse student-athletes beginning September 1 of their junior year via verbal offers, emails, calls, texts, and recruiting letters. This change was caused after a study that found that 81 percent of women’s lacrosse student-athletes had their first recruiting contact with a coach prior to the start of their junior year. Lacrosse had the highest rate of early recruiting when compared to the other ten NCAA sanctioned women’s sports.
For field hockey and soccer, NCAA Division I coaches can contact athletes starting June 15 after an athlete’s sophomore year, including verbal offers, emails, calls, texts, and recruiting letters.
These decisions affect these athlete’s futures heavily and prove to be an exciting new chapter in their lives.