Jacksonville men’s lacrosse program gained a verbal commitment from Oregon Episcopal (Portland, Ore.) senior, Martin Winter.
Winter plays attack for Episcopal and is the first player to confirm his commitment to Jacksonville to ESPNHS.
The senior scored 55 goals and added 17 assists last season, earning First Team All-League and Honorable Mention All-State honors.
The attacker is the third player from Oregon to make a verbal commitment to a Division I program. Michael Marcott from Lincoln (Portland, Ore.) will attend Denver and Christopher Nye from Lincoln has committed to Providence.
ESPN High School: What other school’s did you consider?
Martin Winter: “I also talked to Drexel, Siena, Lafayette, Le Moyne, Robert Morris, and Michigan.”
EHS: What made Jacksonville such an attractive choice?
MW: “Obviously I really like the lacrosse program at Jacksonville, but the campus at JU also made a big impression on me. It has a secluded sort of feel, but from some parts on the campus the Jacksonville skyline is visible. The campus isn't huge, nor is the school itself, but it isn't too tiny either. I also was drawn to the year-round nice weather and several of the majors offered at Jacksonville sound very interesting. Another thing I really loved was how all the freshman lacrosse guys not only live together, but they are already a very tight-knit group that do a lot of things together off the field. That family aspect is something I have come to value in my time as a lacrosse player. This feel of unity is largely fostered by the new head coach at JU, Guy Van Arsdale. I have known Coach Van for a few years, and he is a truly outstanding individual who I look forward to playing for and can definitely take Jacksonville lacrosse to the next level.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
MW: “I was pretty surprised how ineffective emailing coaches actually was. I sent a lot of emails, thinking I was being proactive, and puzzling over why I was not getting any response. It wasn't until I picked up the phone that I started making meaningful progress in terms of getting recruited.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
MW: “One of the best things to ask is, "What are the next steps?" Even if the next step is simply waiting for a transcript to go through admissions, it keeps you on top of the mind for the coach and lets him know you're still interested and keeps the process moving forward.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
MW: “I can't overstate the importance of calling a coach in addition to an introductory email. It makes a world of difference.”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
MW: “The recruiting process would have been a lot less stressful for me if our high school season was more accessible to college coaches. I hear stories all the time of a Division I coach going to hotbed high school games on Friday nights as a recruiting trip. We don't have that luxury in Oregon yet. This phenomenon makes it hard (and expensive) for West Coast guys to get noticed.”