By K.I. Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 11/30/16
Grapevine High School (TX) 2017 attackman Cale Dow has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Rhodes College.
Cale Dow profile:
High School: Grapevine High School, TX
Graduation Year: 2017
College Choice: Rhodes College
Club Affiliation: Iron Horse Lacrosse
Lacrosse Honors: 2016 Texas High School State Champions, All-Tournament Team 2016 TX State Championships, T99 Showcase All-Star, 2015 Philly Showcase
What will you major in/study? Economics and Finance
Why did you choose Rhodes? “As one of the top colleges in the nation, the academics at Rhodes were definitely important. Then, the rapid and consistent improvement of the lacrosse program under Coach (Dave) Zazzaro and Coach (Jeremy) Phelps was the other deciding factor. After only five seasons as a program, I know that Coach Zazzaro will continue to recruit better and better lacrosse players from all over the country, due to the great academics at Rhodes and it’s awesome location in Memphis, TN.
“Not many college lacrosse programs are located in a major metro area like Memphis, with it’s warm weather and great culture, recreation and entertainment opportunities. Rhodes is a sleeping giant that is now primed to start competing for championships.”
HS team’s outlook for 2017 season? “After winning the state championship last year, my high school team (Colleyville Lacrosse) is looking to “repeat” this season. Although we lost several incredible Seniors who are now playing college lacrosse, we return several all-state players and lots of young talent at every position.”
Thank You: “I would first like to thank my mom and dad for encouraging me to try lacrosse, as a skeptical 6th grader. My dad freely gave his time and financial support to travel thousands of miles, by air and car, for camps, showcases, tournaments and college visits all over the country. My mom was supportive throughout, and even when she had no idea what was going on during the games, she was my most committed and vocal fan.
“I would like to thank my high school head coach, Gary Dennington, for teaching me how to be mentally tough and a leader on the lacrosse field. My high school assistant coach, Ryan Gradke, was also my first youth coach. Coach Gradke taught me how to play great defense, and was always a great resource on club programs, recruiting tournaments and any college lacrosse question.
“I would also like to thank my Iron Horse coach, Chris Surran, for just giving me a chance. Coach Surran taught me so much about the game, and I can’t thank him enough for pushing me and never letting me get away with lazy lacrosse – ever.
“Everyone mentioned was kind enough to take a personal interest not only in my lacrosse skills, but also my development as a young man. I thank God for all of them, as well as for my family and friends who pushed, loved and supported my lacrosse pursuits.”
Other schools considered: Washington & Lee, Centre, Haverford, and Sewanee
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