Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) senior long-stick midfielder Matt Coppola has verbally committed to play men's lacrosse for the University of Denver.
Coppola, a 2012 graduate, is the team captain for the Little Hoyas.
University of Denver is a Division I program located in Denver, Colo. And is apart of the ECAC Conference.
ESPN High School: What other schools did you consider?
Matt Coppola: “Junior year I visited and starting talking to UPenn and Syracuse and this fall I considered Hobart.”
EHS: What made Denver such an attractive choice?
MC: “I felt at home at Denver. The school had great character and a beautiful campus, which was special being right outside of a major city. I had a great time with the players and felt like I just fit in there.”
EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
MC: “The most surprising thing about the recruiting process was the feeling of being thrown around from school to school. I know through my friends and myself that the way some of the coaches go about the recruiting process makes players feel inadequate. I was lucky to deal with great coaches and great men, which helped my recruiting process go smoother than others.”
EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
MC: “I asked the coaches if I would see the field throughout my four years in college. But the most important question I asked was when I asked myself if I were injured if I would still want to go to school there.”
EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
MC: “For any young guys who are just starting in on the recruiting process I'd say to just keep working your hardest in games and practice because that little bit more you put in will give you a spot over someone who didn't work as hard. Also don’t stress about being dropped by a school.”
EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
MC: “I think that the coaches shouldn’t recruit until the fall of the players junior year. If a coach doesn't think a certain player is going to get in or fit in their program but they have been talking to the player, just tell him up front.”
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