Categories: clam_chatter Date: Apr 10, 2013 Title: COLLEGE CLAM CHECK-IN: CHASE WILLIAMSChase Williams reports in from the University of Vermont.
With more and more Clams considering Division 1 offers, the questions about what the recruiting process and the college experience are like keep coming in. To give you some insight we reached out to our current Division 1 Clam Alumni to tell their stories.
THE RIVERS SCHOOL
2012 CLAM ALUMNUS
WHAT WERE YOUR TOP CHOICES FOR COLLEGES WHEN YOU STARTED THINKING ABOUT PLAYING LACROSSE IN COLLEGE AND WHY?
I had D3 NESCAC and some D1 interest (mostly Patriots league and some Ivy league). Meeting coaches swayed me one way or another about a particular school.
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WHAT SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT THE RECRUITING PROCESS?
HS grades are more important that I thought. Getting a college coach to support you through admissions is very hard. It’s more difficult than you think to play at a school that you can’t get in on your own academics. Slots can disappear even after you think you have one. It’s pretty much an up and down ride.
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IF THERE WAS ONE THING YOU'D DO DIFFERENTLY IN YOUR RECRUITING PROCESS, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY
Start earlier and do better in school. Work out more too.
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WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR RECRUITING PROCESS AND WHY?
Support of my parents and my club and school coach was most important to me. You have to know that things will work out eventually.
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WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE A CLAM WHO IS ABOUT TO MEET A COLLEGE COACH ON A RECRUITING VISIT FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Understand that they have a lot of guys that they want and they want to get the best group of players they can. They usually are not very clear as to where you stand. Asking them questions about where you stand in their list is important. If you really want to go to a particular school tell them that you want to play for them and want to go there. More important than anything is that you have to like the coach and you have to have a good feeling about the guys you meet on the team because you will spend a lot of time with them.
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WHAT WAS THE MOST SURPRISING PART OF D1 LACROSSE WHEN YOU EXPERIENCED YOUR FIRST WEEK?
How many hours we train. My first semester we trained from 7am to 11am Monday to Saturday. I couldn’t take my first class until noon. There were some weeks that some of us were out there at 6am supporting players doing faceoff work. It’s a long day but you get used to it and you have a lot of support to get by.
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WHAT IS YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE (I.E. - PRACTICE, WEIGHT ROOM, CLASSES, FILM, STUDY HALL, ETC.)
Training in first semester was split between lifting and fitness cardio etc and scrimmage and drills. We have required study halls. We also had to take a class first semester on being a student athlete. We have NCAA compliance meetings. If you’re injured or have academic issues, then there are more meetings. After Christmas the training schedule changed a little but was basically the same. Things got even more serious as season approached.
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WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT PLAYING D1 COLLEGE LACROSSE? WHY?
I play college lacrosse because I really love the game. I like to be involved and stay active, and I thoroughly enjoy having a second family. Your team is your second family and this aspect about college and playing D1 is probably the most important part to me.
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WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE LEAST ABOUT PLAYING D1 COLLEGE LACROSSE? WHY?
Nothing really. There have been a few times that I’ve felt it’s a grind but everything that is worth something is a grind and you learn how to persevere better than ever before. I feel really good about the school I’ve picked. I love the team and the year round commitment but it’s not for everyone.
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WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING YOU WANT A D1 CLAM PROSEPECT TO KNOW ABOUT PLAYING D1 LACROSE?
You have to really love the game and want to be a part of it fully. You will work harder than you ever thought you were capable of. You will be challenged by your coaches and your teammates more than ever before both physically and mentally. You have to be able to manage sports and school work all year round. You will get out of it everything you put into it.