« on: February 17, 2017, 11:10:26 am »
Time will tell if they are good enough to play and/or if W&L is the right fit academically.
I know their HS coach well and he indicates all three to be legitimate prospective D3 Student-Athletes.
I've seen them play on several occasions and I would agree with coaches projection. Would love to have the QB and MLB at HSC, both could play early in their career.
That's great news. But my comment about sticking around isn't really related to fit, it's simply the nature of DIII sports. Even W&L, which has a very good retention rate, brings in between 25 and 35 FYs and ends up with between 10 and 17 seniors. Not always because the young men can't play at the level, but just because they decide it is not worth it.
I was, very minimally, recruited to play soccer at W&L. I showed up for the fall practices and, as the coach was quite honest in telling me, learned that I would probably play some as a junior or senior if I stuck it out. I was good enough, if I kept at it, to play eventually in some role, I just didn't have the drive. So after a couple weeks of fall practice we had an amicable parting and I quite happily at various times instead played club soccer, club rugby, worked as a student athletic trainer, reported and edited one of the student newspapers, did the Mock Convention program and magazine, was a dorm counselor, was house manager of my fraternity and probably a few other things I'm forgetting. There is a lot to do on a college campus, and quite often that sport we loved just falls, quite understandably, to a lower priority.
That's why I'm always happy to welcome the FYs. I love to see where they are from and hope they do well. But it really doesn't get me excited until they are on the field.