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NCAA to consider banning early recruiting in lacrosse

By Bob Herzog, Newsday, 04/08/17, 12:00AM CDT

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A proposal to curtail the growing trend of early recruiting in lacrosse — which has reached down to 13-year-olds — is a major agenda item at the NCAA Division I Council meeting Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis.


Bay Shore freshman Brennan O'Neill committed to Penn State as an eighth-grader. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

A proposal to curtail the growing trend of early recruiting in lacrosse — which has reached down to 13-year-olds — is a major agenda item at the NCAA Division I Council meeting Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis.

Proposal 2016-26, if approved, would ban all contact, including phone calls, between college coaches and prospective lacrosse student-athletes until Sept. 1 of their junior year in high school. 

Long Island, a hotbed of boys and girls lacrosse and fertile recruiting territory, would be affected greatly by any new legislation. There are several early signees currently playing on the high school level. Brennan O’Neill, a ninth-grade attack who transferred from Bay Shore to St. Anthony’s, committed to Penn State as a 13-year-old eighth-grader a year ago. Attack Isabelle Smith of Westhampton (Boston College) and midfielder Justin Brown of Half Hollow Hills West (Michigan) also committed as eighth-graders last year.

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