Tim Leavitt, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior midfielder from Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.), has verbally committed to play men's lacrosse for Mount St. Mary's.
ESPNHS: What other schools did you consider?
Tim Leavitt: "I most strongly considered VMI, Hobart and Robert Morris."
ESPNHS: What made the Mount such an attractive choice?
TL: "The Mount is a great school that had what I wanted to study and a lacrosse program that is headed in the right direction. When I visited, it felt comfortable and welcoming. Coach Gravante and his staff were really great. They were awesome about what they were looking for, but also wanted me to take my time and really want to be at the Mount. It feels like the place where I can have a great experience as a student and a lax player."
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
TL: "How early the process is and how fast it can go by."
ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
TL: "Where do you see me fitting into your program?"
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
TL: "Figure out a basic list of schools where you might want to go and contact those coaches early with film so they can come to tournaments to see you play, not to discover 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?
TL: "I think if the NCAA rules can be adjusted to let coaches return your emails and phone calls and respond to the player. The rules now make it tough to communicate back and forth and I think once the process begins, players don't always know where they are with the team or the process because coaches can't answer emails earlier or even call back when you leave a message."
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