the next couple of weeks will give these individuals the opportunity to prove that they are worthy of significant playing time. Regardless of how these freshmen do on the field, they are living proof that fewer college players come from the traditional hotbeds than ever.
players in DI college lacrosse from that state. Of note, Power 100 freshman and Florida native Devin Lewis will look to make an impact for Georgetown this year for coach Kevin Warne.
Data shows startup programs appear to spend the most time recruiting outside of the traditional hotbeds. In terms of the percentage of the freshmen class from non traditional areas, Mercer leads all of Division I lacrosse at 70%. They are followed by Furman, which is entering its first season of play, and High Point.
As teams like Ohio State and Denver continue to recruit and excel with their Canadian born players, it should also come as no surprise that the number of players from the country in the Class of 2017 (57) is two fifths greater than the Class of 2016.
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Fewer DI Recruits Hail From the Game's Hotbeds
While recruiting from traditional hotbeds has declined, there has been a surge in the number of players recruited from California. There are a record Nike Zoom Elite 36 players from California in this year freshman class, increasing the number of players from the Golden State by almost 40%.
was an uptick in the number of players from Texas, as the total from the state increased by more than 10%. Bear Goldstein, a defender from Dallas, is ranked 97th on Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshmen list and could make an impact for the Princeton Tigers in time.
With the number of Division I lacrosse programs expanding to 67 this season, we are seeing players from more geographically diverse locations. However, this year freshman class saw a 3% decline in the number of players from what are considered to be the traditional hotbeds.
Massachusetts was one traditional hotbed that was seemingly neglected in this year freshman class. Even with Boston University adding college lacrosse this year, the overall number of players from the state in this year freshmen class was 25% less than the sophomore class.
There is also an increase in the number of student athletes coming out of Florida. This year freshmen class of 25 Florida natives nearly doubled the number of Nike Metcon Glow
Perhaps the biggest change in the recruiting trend has been the decline in players from Long Island. While nearly 14% of all college lacrosse players came from the Island last year, just 12% of freshmen call it their home this year. What is also interesting to note is that the volume of freshmen from New Jersey (113) nearly matched that of Long Island (115).
are great athletes playing lacrosse in California and it is beginning to show, thanks in part to individuals like Kyle Harrison and Chris Packard relocating to the region and spreading their knowledge there, Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said back in August.
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Regardless of how college class of 2017 does on the field, it is evident that recruiting occurs in more regions than ever. College coaches are proving there are gems from all areas of the United States and Canada from all areas of the United States and Canada.
Furman, which has 15 players from non traditional areas, might have as diverse a freshman class as any team. Team USA and Furman head coach Richie Meade has freshmen from Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Hawaii.
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