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What I learned: Advice

One of the most important things a potential recruit can do to help his or her recruiting is be proactive. Doug Austin/ESPNHS

According to a US Lacrosse report there are 105,914 girls playing high school lacrosse and of those, 13,105 will go on to play in college.
With that growth has come an increased competition in college recruiting.

While there are guidelines and processes surrounding recruiting, college athletes will reveal that there are surprises along the way. These lacrosse recruits share the surprises they faced so you can anticipate them.

Question: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?

Dylan Davis, 2012,Trinity Prep (Winter Park, Fla.), VMI
"The one piece of advice I would give is to E-mail every coach of the school that you might be even a little bit interested in and make every E-mail different. Coaches can tell when they get a generic E-mail, but they also like it if the E-mails are genuine. Also don't stop E-mailing, keep pestering the coaches just to make sure that you don't fly under the radar. They don't care how many times you E-mail them just make sure you stay in their minds. You have got to be organized and pro-active. Send out your videos and resume's and keep in touch."

Wilkins Dismuke, 2013, Rocky Canyon (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Johns Hopkins
"I'd try and do as many elite camps as you possibly can. Definitely don't try and do 10. I fell like [players] get worn out after a certain point and they go to those last couple tournaments and they don't give it their all because they're so tired. So try and do the most elite camps you can get yourself into that the college coaches are going to be at. And I'd definitely say do the Warrior 40 because it's an amazing thing."

If you are calling a coach and he doesn't answer the first time, call again and again. You are not bothering them -- they just aren't allowed to call back.

-- Justin Guterding, Garden City (N.Y.)

Jeff George, 2013, Watchung Hills Regional (Warren, N.J.), Massachusetts
"My advice to other players would be to visit every school they can and really get a feel for the college. They need to make sure it is the right fit for them personally, academically, and athletically."

Justin Guterding, 2013, Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.), Duke
"A major piece of advice is if you are calling a coach and he doesn't answer the first time, call again and again. You are not bothering them -- they just aren't allowed to call back. You just have to make sure they know that you want it. Another important thing of course is always grades. Just get them up as high as you possibly can and you shouldn't have any problems."

Trevor Kupecky, 2013, Upper Merion (Upper Merion, Pa.), Hofstra
"The advice that I'd give to other players would be to keep all of your options open with schools that are interested in you. You never know what school you're going to like the most so make sure you look into each school and talk to the coaches as much as possible."

Eli Lasda, 2013, Ithaca (Ithaca, N.Y.), Penn State
"The most important thing to do as a recruit is to be proactive. You could be one of the best players in the nation, but if you don't get your name out there to coaches they won't have a chance to recruit you. Also, you should know that the process can be pretty stressful if you go to the big recruiting venues like Nike Blue Chip or Under Armour. I think that if you stay confident and just play, you'll probably look better than you if you try to do something spectacular or out of your skill set."

Gibbs McEachran, 2012 Christ School (Arden, N.C.), Albany
"The way recruiting is now, you really need to start as early as possible. I know people that could be going to big D-I schools, but because they started late the D-I schools already had their classes set. Also, when you start the process send emails to every single school regardless how good they are because you never know what could happen. Always keep an open mind when you enter this process because you never know what will happen."

Hunter Sentner, 2012, St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.), Haverford College
"It is important to visit a lot of schools in order to be able to compare them. Also, take your time and make sure it is a school you would want to go to even if you were not playing lacrosse."

Sal Vitale, 2012, St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.), Marquette
"Do not overdo it. If you are attending too many events you run the risk of burning yourself out and not performing at an optimum level. As a result, you may be overlooked because you are not fresh and full of energy. Be selective about the camps and showcases you attend so you can give 100% every time you step on the field. Train hard in between. Also, your academic record is a big factor to many of these schools so devote as much time as you can to studying and getting good grades."