Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) senior, Morgan Miller, has given a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for the University of Detroit-Mercy.
Miller plays defense and midfield for Walsh Jesuit and helped her team to a 7-6-1 record last season.
ESPN High School: What made Detroit Mercy such an attractive choice?
Morgan Miller: “I think four things attracted me to Detroit Mercy. Size -- I wanted a school that wasn't real small, but still not to large where I wouldn't be able to get individual attention if I needed it. I think UDM offers the best of both worlds for me. Catholic Jesuit Education -- I can continue my education under the Jesuit teaching philosophy. Location -- Detroit Mercy is close to Cleveland, so it's possible for my family to come see me play. My Coach -- I know everyone says not to pick the school based on the coach. While it wasn't the major reason I picked UDM, it was important to me to feel comfortable with the coach. I actually met my coach while she was the head coach at another school I visited and I really felt comfortable with her, so I was really excited when she got the UDM head coach position.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
MM: “How much work it was to get recruited. I kind of knew I had an uphill battle when I started, because I didn't start pursing the idea of playing lacrosse in college until after my junior year. Not living in a real lacrosse hot bed didn't help either. I had to really work hard to get recognized. I sent a lot of emails, visited a lot of schools, posted videos, went to college camps and east coast tournaments to get seen. I was fortunate to be selected to play on the Ohio North team at the Women's Division National Tournament at Stoney Brook and our Ohio Premier team won one of the divisions at the Champions Cup, so I think that really helped me.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
MM: “What are you looking for in a player? I think this gave me a pretty good indication of what the coach was looking for and if I would fit into their program.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
MM: “Start early if you're really sure you want to play in college. Get on a club team so you can be seen at the recruiting tournaments. Visit schools and talk to coaches when you can. It's tough to make that single sport decision, but if you're ready, do it! I didn't decide until my junior year that I wanted to play lacrosse in college. I played soccer from the time I was four all the way through high school and on club teams until I went to high school. In high school I couldn't be on a lacrosse club team in the fall because I was playing soccer, in the spring, it was the opposite problem.”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
MM: “The NCAA rules regarding contact, especially at the D-I level. I'm sure it's there to help the coaches and to protect the really good players from getting bombarded, but for those like me, it was a burden. I had to wait for an email response or sometimes I wouldn't get a response so I figured they weren't interested and then a month later I'd get an email saying they overlooked my email, etc. I don't know how to balance this, but the NCAA should review the rules to see if they should be changed for some of the minor sports.”
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