ESPNHS posted this about Shanks after the event, "Shanks scored three goals in his first game of the day. Fast, agile and always around the net, one coach called Shanks a special player."
ESPNHS: What other schools did you consider?
Austin Shanks: “Penn State, Hofstra, Stony Brook and Bryant.”
ESPNHS: What made Michigan such an attractive choice?
AS: “Everything about Michigan was attractive, going over pros and cons of schools it was very hard to pick out a con of Michigan. It had everything I liked most about other schools all in one, the indoor stadium they are building just shows that Michigan lacrosse is going to be very serious.”
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
AS: “It was surprising how quickly a school could get in contact with my coach from high school or club team and start the process.”
ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
AS: “One of the most important questions I asked a college coach was if they had any intentions of leaving within the next 4-6 years. It’s important to get a feel for the coach’s when you meet with them. If they don’t have any intentions of being at the school anymore in two years when you get there then that’s a big factor.”
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
AS: “Just play lacrosse, don’t be scarred weather or not your going to get a look at a certain tournament or not. Go play as hard as you can for the love of the game and schools will find you.”
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
AS: “It would be much easier if college coaches could make phone calls to players earlier in the process.”