Courtney Wells a junior from Severna Park (Severna Park, Md.), has recently made a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for High Point. Wells plays attack and midfield for Severna Park.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Courtney Wells: “George Mason, Oregon, Duquesne.”
ESPNHS: What made High Point such an attractive choice?
CW: “High Point was a school I knew would fit me perfectly from the first time I stepped on campus. High Point was not only going to be a great fit for my lacrosse career but also my academic future. The campus is beautiful, it’s almost hard to believe its college. The players were so warming and made me feel I was already a part of the team each time I went to visit. Not to mention the coaches are awesome, something I really took into consideration during this process, the coaching staff at High Point is anything you could ever ask for! My family has encouraged and helped me so much through the process so I wanted to keep in mind to pick a college they can easily get to. Now six hours may not be the easiest drive, but they can still make it happen. So making sure they can still watch me play really had an impact on my decision, which made High Point even better!”
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
CW: “The recruiting process started so early it definitely took me by surprise. It was crazy to think that I was just in my sophomore year of high school and I am already thinking about schools I would be interested in. Everybody has mentioned how quick it goes, it is such a competitive process you must start early to get your name out there to coaches.”
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
CW: “Don't focus on one school, expand your horizons and look into schools you never would have pictured yourself looking into. Make sure you are communicating with as many schools as possible. When other players start to commit, don't feel pressured or rushed to commit also, you have plenty of time. You really want to take the time to choose the school you love. When your looking into lacrosse programs at schools make sure you are also checking out the academics, meeting with the coaches and players, and really getting a feel for the school. You really want to choose the school you love and would fit you the best in all aspects of the college experience.”
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
CW: “By the end of summer is when I really started taking my visits and narrowing down my list. It got overwhelming with the start of field hockey and start of my junior year. If I started my visits earlier in the summer I believe my process would have been less stressful. In the end it all worked out and I am very pleased with how everything ended with this time consuming process!”
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