TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/26/14
What’s Behind The Rise In Verbal Commitments?
The rise in early verbal commitments, especially in men’s recruiting, is best explained with a little Economics 101. The supply of youth athletes is growing much, much faster than the demand at college programs, which means more and more high schoolers are competing for a limited number of college roster spots.
With only 67 Division I men’s teams, there is a ton of competition due to the explosive growth of youth and high school participation across the country. There are 103 Division I women’s teams, which has seen more growth in roster spots but remains very competitive.
According to US Lacrosse, more than 1,400 new high school lacrosse teams have been added since 2006. Today, there are more than 170,000 male and 120,000 female high school athletes, a significant increase over the 100,000 male and 70,000 female athletes in 2006.
In short, college recruiting, at least in Division 1, is similar to musical chairs and the number of people playing the game is growing faster than the number of chairs in the game. Players fear there may not be a chair or in this case, a roster position for them if they wait, and therefore look to verbally commit early in the recruiting process. Keep in mind a verbal commitment is non-binding for both the player and coach.
It is important to remember that if you are passionate about playing collegiate lacrosse, there are enough Division I, II, III and club roster spots across the country for most every player and many club teams exist at schools with NCAA varsity programs.
High School Statistics from: “US Lacrosse 2012 Participation Survey.” US Lacrosse: p., 5.
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