Kylie Drexel, a junior attacker for Davis (Davis, Calif.), has given a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for USC.
Drexel helped Davis to the Northern California semi-finals for the first time in the school's history last season.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Kylie Drexel: “Numerous schools took interest in me and my top schools of my interest were Brown, Cal, Stanford, Notre Dame and probably San Diego State because my best friend, Katrina Reeves is going there.”
ESPNHS: What made USC such an attractive choice?
KD: “I knew I wanted to play Division I lacrosse ever since I started and have been playing in several tournaments to get exposure. Ultimately, what made my decision so easy was definitely the aura and environment. Lindsey, Devon and Hilary are no doubt some of the best players/coaches in the country and it would have been idiotic to deny the opportunity to be coached by them and become a part of their lives. I also wanted to go to a huge sports powerhouse school and what better then the school with by far and away the most national championships won!”
“USC is the one school that made me feel like the people truly cared about me and my well-being and all the coaches words were so sincere. Also, I have always idolized Hilary Bowen since I was in 5th grade and watched tape after tape of her games. I studied her because of her agility and quickness and truthfully she is a huge part of my motivation. When I found out my life idol was coaching there, it truly sealed the deal. It was like a fairy tale honestly.”
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
KD: “The recruiting process was definitely stressful because I knew that if I didn’t get some type of scholarship I wouldn’t be able to go to the best fit school for me. It was a ton of pressure, but luckily my dad has raised me to never succumb to anything and always pull through. I never sent an email to a coach to come watch me play at a tournament. This wasn’t because I was being lazy, it was because I wanted to go to a school that saw me play and knew they wanted me on their team.”
“I think overall that is the best way to be recruited because not only does it make the player feel good, but it automatically establishes almost this destined relationship. However, it is risky. My field hockey coach told me that I didn’t need to worry though because if lacrosse didn’t work out I had a scholarship to play field hockey without a doubt, but that was never on my mind. I am the biggest lax head I know and I want to be involved in the game for the rest of my life. That's why I a hoping that my coaches at USC can share their amazing knowledge of the game with me so I can help bring the baby laxers into the game.”
ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
KD: “Probably the most important question I asked the college coaches was what made them want me? Obviously every player is eager to know that. Every time I got the same response and it was mainly because of my love of the game and my strive to get better. I have no doubt in my mind that USC will win the National Championship within the next few years with the phenomenal coaching staff and support of the program and I can't wait to be a part of that experience.”
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
KD: “My biggest piece of advice regarding the recruiting process would definitely be to get a touch on your stick every day and don't have just one set college in your mind. Be open to other schools and show the coaches that not only are you a good player but your a good kid academically and on and off the field. Coaches aren't just looking for an amazing players but they want to know that they a bringing a good person into their program as well. My last note on that would be to show presence. Coaches love to see presence on and off the field and it will definitely make a player stick out on the field. Just be careful because there is a difference between confidence and cockiness.”
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