As June rolls into July, the recruiting calendar has been heating up with events throughout the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region and up and down the East Coast.
One of them is the Blue Chip 205 Recruiting Showcase at Bryant University in Rhode Island. The event is divided into two sessions: Rising Seniors and Rising Juniors. Rising Juniors is set for July 5-8. Rising Seniors got under way yesterday and lasts through Thursday.
Blog poster “Mike” is on hand in Smithfield, R.I., and passed along some info.
Here it is:
“There seems to be 48 kids in the rising senior camp, with six goalies. Evaluations were done on Monday and then a heavy practice session with drills like I have never seen, fast-paced, players on and off the field, coaches calling numbers and baby you better be ready to rock or they call the next kid.
“After assessments, there must some sort of draft for teams – my guess is two teams of 24 with three goalies – but can’t be sure. Nice campus – dorms are AC vs. not AC at 205 at Maryland, for what that’s worth.
“Coaches in attendance and managing fields and the operation from Curry, Centenary, Springfield, Williams, Clark, Colgate, Lafayette, Aurora, Wheaton, New England, Holy Cross, Endicott, Union, WNEC, Bates, Nazareth, Wooster, Army, Wagner, Skidmore, St. Mary’s, Bryant, Middlebury, Albany Western Conn, Vermont and Salisbury. Others expected to attend sessions for prospecting.
“This camp differs from 205 in that there are two sessions of two games with each day determining an all-star game played at 8 p.m. on the second and third nights of camp , apparently to give kdis a second opportunity to shine if there was a just a bad day or whatever. So two nights of all-stars based on two days of performance.
“The practices this first day were surely more legit and heavy duty than 205 was, but I am observing the elite squad on they Bryant Lax turf. The other players are spread along three fields set up on the outer grass fields of the campus. I did see some of those practices and they were more like play-in games to determine skill level.
“The elite squads practices were much more intense and perhaps more college-level driven to my untrained eye. Derek Henson is here as well, recent commit to UNC and my God is that kid fast. UNC has a serious athlete in their stable in Derek and if his lacrosse skills can catch up, he will be a incredible.
“I believe there are several Hudson Valley ESG players here, but can’t confirm who and don’t know how that may play into the ongoing practice/tryout/scrimmage situation.
“The HV ESG kids had a two-hour practice at 7 a.m. on Monday at Greeley, then motored to Bryant – and with a Sound Shore league scrimmage set for Tuesday night at 8 p.m., there may be some conflict with this camp and the coaches here to see the ESG kids. We will have to see how that plays out.
“Apparently there is another scrimmage set for ESG vs a Connecticut team for Thursday at 5 p.m. in Connecticut, which shouldn’t conflict with Blue Chip as it ends Thursday at noon.”
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