South River (Edgewater, Md.) junior attackman Ben Chisolm has verbally committed to play men's lacrosse for the University of Maryland.
Chisolm, a 2013 graduate, was named to the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors List.The rising junior joins Matt Rambo (La Salle) and Chad Rafferty (Malvern Prep) as the latest juniors to verbally commit to Maryland.
University of Maryland reached the championship game this past spring in the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Tournament.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Ben Chisolm: “Syracuse, UMBC, Ohio State, Loyola, Lehigh, Salisbury and UNC.”
EHS: What made Maryland such an attractive choice?
BC: “I have several reasons for picking Maryland. My main reason is I think they have a great lacrosse program, their location is also close to my hometown, and cost. I felt like it was a right fit for me when I toured the campus.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
BC: “I thought it would be fun, but it was really kind of stressful. It’s hard to know how you’re going to change in two years, so you make a choice based on how you feel today. You have to make a choice that you hope works out right since you have to spend four years of your life there.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
BC: “I wanted to know where I fit into their program. Coaches can’t really say what will happen in two years, but they can tell you what makes them want you for their lacrosse program. I also wanted to be sure that they had a full time academic advisor, just in case I needed assistance.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
BC: “It matters what you think, not what everyone else thinks. Write down your real concerns, because when the coach asks if you have any questions you can read from the list since your mind goes blank!”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
BC: “I was lucky, but a lot of high school coaches don’t prepare kids for what to ask or what to really look for in choosing a college.”
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