Date: Mar 4, 2013
Title: College Clam Check-In: Geordie Carrick
A look inside the D1 experience.
With more and more Clams considering Division 1 offers, the questions about what the recruiting process and the college experience are like keep coming it. To give you some insight we reached out to our current Division 1 Clam Alumni to tell their stories.
JUNIOR, THE RIVERS SCHOOL
2010 CLAM ALUMNUS
What were you're top choices for colleges when you started thinking about playing lacrosse in college and why?
The top 3 schools that I narrowed my list down to by the middle of my junior year were: Villanova, Maryland, and Fairfield. Each university promised a unique experience as there were many differences between the three. I was looking for the best mix of academics and lacrosse, which were two of the top priorities on my list. A number of factors such as the school's academic reputation, the broken leg rule (could you see yourself at the school if you weren't playing lacrosse), strength of the lacrosse program, and prospects for future playing time led me to choose Fairfield.
What surprised you most about the recruiting process?
What surprised me most was the business aspect of the whole thing. I still looked at lacrosse as just a game, but for these coaches it is their job to put the best team possible on the field on game days and the whole recruiting aspect of it can be very cut throat. Some coaches would just stop communicating with you and not return your phone calls as a way to say they weren't interested while others would push very hard, almost an uncomfortable amount, to get a commitment out of you. The most important thing about the whole process is to just enjoy it because it is a lot of fun and you have to remember you are only going to go through this once in your lifetime so make sure to take everything in.
If there was one thing you'd do differently in your recruiting process, what would it be and why?
One thing I would do differently would be to visit more schools. I'd say visit as many schools as possible even if you don't think you are interested in them just to get a feel for how different all of these schools are as it will help you in the final step of making your final decision.
What would you say was the most important part of your recruiting process and why?
The most important part of my recruiting process was the overnight visits. Not just because going to college parties when I was in high school was an amazing experience, but also because you get a look at what the social life is like at the school. Having the fullest experience in college is not just through academics and lacrosse, but also navigating through the whole social scene. You also get to meet kids on the team that will be there when you arrive on campus and you can get an idea if you could see yourself getting along with them.
What advise would you give a Clam who is about to meet a college coach on a recruiting visit for the first time?
First off, you have to understand that everyone your age is nervous in going to these meetings and the coaches know this. On one of my visits I actually introduced myself to the strength and conditioning coach with my friend's name who was standing right next to me. Just be calm and make sure you formulate questions in your head to get a better understanding of what your experience at the school would be like if you were to go there. Coaches will appreciate that you are asking questions as they quickly get tired of the parents talking the whole time and the kid being silent.
What was the most surprising part of D1 lacrosse when you experienced your first week?
The intensity and the skill set of the players around me. I knew that playing at the highest level of collegiate lacrosse would be one of the biggest challenges I've faced, but I was unprepared for just how good everyone was. There are no weak links like most of us are used to on our high school teams, and as freshman you are expected to acclimate quickly and be on par with the rest of the team in regards to skills, conditioning, and understanding of the systems.
What is your daily schedule (i.e.- practice, weight room, classes, film, study halls, etc.)?
On Thursdays during the spring season, I start with class from 8:00-9:15am. I have a little down time before reporting to the locker room. From 11-2 we are getting treatment, watching film, lifting, and practicing. I have another class from 2-2:50PM. I have a break until my last class of the day from 5-6:15PM. I don't mean to scare people with the schedule as it is probably my most grueling day of the week, but just wanted to give a glimpse into what it could be like.
What do you like MOST about playing D1 college lacrosse? Why?
What I like most about playing Division 1 college lacrosse is not only being able to play on the biggest stage and in the biggest games, but the camaraderie on the team. We spend so much time together that we forge strong bonds with one another and we become one big family. Everyone looks out for one another and as most former players can attest, the guys on your team will usually end up being your best friends throughout college.
What do you like LEAST about playing D1 college lacrosse? Why?
You have to make sacrifices when you decide to play Division 1 lacrosse as well as any other D1 sport. You will be forced to miss many social events that you're non-lacrosse friends will be able to attend because they have no team obligations that they have to adhere to. If you play Division 1 lacrosse you will never have that crazy college spring break that everyone raves about as you will have practice and will most likely be staying on a deserted campus with just your team. Having all your teammates around you makes it more enjoyable as there are usually team functions and bonding time.
5. What is the number one thing you want a D1 Clam prospect to know about playing D1 lacrosse?
Make sure you get into D1 lacrosse for the right reasons. If you are only in it because of the prestige of saying you play D1 lacrosse or for all the gear that you will get you won't survive. You truly have to love the game because when you are watching the national championship game on ESPN and there are 50,000 people in the stands, you must remember that those guys have been working their tails off since they arrived on campus back in September and have done their fair share of hard work to earn this opportunity. If you do love it and are really committed to it go for it as it is an unbelievable and rewarding experience that teaches you many lessons that will stay with you for the rest of your life.