Baldwin (Baldwin, N.Y.) senior defender, Nicole Markowitz, has given a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for Monmouth University.
ESPN High School: What other school’s did you consider?
Nicole Markowitz: “Hofstra, Adelphi, and American.”
EHS: What made Monmouth such an attractive choice?
NM: “Coach Wescott, the location, the academic opportunities, and the campus.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
NM: “How important academics are from the first year you enter (9th grade) till the last year in high school (12th grade).”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
NM: “Where would I fit on the team and what would be my role.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
NM: “Academics could make or break your opportunities. Coaches can only go so far to get you in if you don’t meet the requirements of that particular school. All your grades throughout high school count and are what can help you increase academic money in the end. Don’t slack off any quarter or year. Don’t wait for your junior year to start prepping for the SAT’s and ACT’s, be prepared to take these tests earlier than other students in your school. Test scores and grades are the most important thing in the recruiting process.”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
NM: “I think that if the recruiting process didn’t have to happen so quickly to play at Division I college, it would have been a lot less stressful.”