The Cornell men’s lacrosse program has gained a verbal commitment from Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) goalie, Christian Knight.
Knight was the starting goalie on the Junior Varsity as a freshman and made Varsity as a sophomore.
The 2013 graduate plays club lacrosse for Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club and played on the Baltimore Team at the Under Armour Underclassmen games.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Christian Knight: “Brown, Dartmouth, Villanova, Loyola, Michigan and Delaware.”
EHS: What made Cornell such an attractive choice?
CK: “I can't say that it was just one thing. It was the feel of the campus, the coaches and the players combined. I felt completely at home in that environment because of the relationship and mutual respect that the players and coaches have for one another. The Cornell lacrosse program is really unique.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
CK: “The thing that surprised me most was just how quickly things moved after September 1. The other thing that surprised me was all of the rules that go along with the process. The communication part of recruiting can be a challenge for both coaches and athletes.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked during the process ?
CK: “What do I need to accomplish academically to secure my acceptance into Cornell.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
CK: “I guess it would be to work as hard as you can in the classroom. The good grades will open many doors to schools while being recruited.”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
CK: “All of my stress was self induced. The mindset of the recruit is the only thing that I think should change. The recruiting process is not the problem, it is watching others commit early and feeling the pressure to do the same. Some players commit because they are afraid that if they take too long to decide, the spot may not be there for them in the future. There shouldn't be an urgency to commit. Players should take their time and make sure that they will be happy at the school that they choose with or without lacrosse.”
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