Joshua Tracy, a senior defender from Grandview (Aurora, Colo.), has committed to play men’s lacrosse for Ohio Valley University -- a Division II school in the ECAC conference.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Joshua Tracy: “Mercer, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Colorado, Colorado State, Catawba, Limestone, Notre Dame De Namur, Carthage (a few D-III schools and of course Ohio Valley University.”
ESPNHS: What made Ohio Valley such an attractive choice?
JT: “First and foremost, the coaches. They were great! I had coaches begging me to consider their program, but were rude. They are a new program and are recruiting elite lacrosse players to be a contending program in a couple years. I will also play right away and loved the competitive conference. Who doesn't want to play the national champions? They have a beautiful, but smaller campus and are still building around the lacrosse program by putting a lot of money into it. With no football, it's also the main sport and so it gets a lot of school and town support.”
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
JT: “The multiple phone calls and hundreds of emails. It was a bit overwhelming. I was also being recruited for football even though I didn't play this year so my dad had to help coordinate calls. Coaches were calling me during school and while I was at practice.”
ESPNHS: What was the most important questions you asked college coaches during the process?
JT: “Did they have my Pre-Law undergraduate degree, scholarship money, and where did they see the lacrosse program headed in the future.”
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
JT: “Start early. Get game film and information about you posted as soon as possible. I missed out on some D-I schools because I waited too long.”
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
JT: “Being from the west, you can't pay for your own flights to most schools because they have no budget. Having money in their program for official visits would be easier for athletes from the west to see the schools.”
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