Casey White, a junior midfielder from Queensbury (Queensbury, N.Y.), made a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for James Madison University.
White scored 65 goals last season and added 18 assists on her way to earning Conference All-Star honors last season.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Casey White: “Loyola was my other top consideration besides James Madison, along with Notre Dame, Marquette and Penn State.
ESPNHS: What made JMU such an attractive choice?
CW: “First of all, I loved the coaches and all the girls. The team was so close and everyone’s attitude was so positive! JMU is such a beautiful school, with a ton of school spirit and energy. The students seem to love the school and you can tell as soon as you walk on campus.”
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
CW: “The speed of the process definitely surprised me the most. I couldn’t believe how fast everything progressed. The many different college options were also surprising as well. Most people have a mindset of a definite school that they want to attend, but there are so many options available, some that people don’t even know about.”
ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
CW: “I don’t think there was an exact question that I asked the college coaches, but if I had to pick one it would be how the girls are able to juggle lacrosse and academics, while also enjoying the college experience.
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
CW: “Relax! Most of the time during the process you will feel stressed about everything that is going on, especially while some of your friends aren’t even thinking about college yet. Also, don’t worry about other girls who are committing before you. Take your time and make sure it is the perfect fit for you!”
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
CW: “I actually don’t think I would change anything about the process. Even though recruiting happens so early in our high school career, knowing that there are standards that you have to meet in order for everything to work out motivated to do well, and impress not only my parents but my future coaches as well.”
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