Too often these days, players and families chase the recruiting process instead of letting it come to them. That was not the case for Brooks and James Yates, class of 2018, who committed to Trinity College recently. Natives of Ridgewood New Jersey, they are the classic example of players who developed later in their high school careers all while staying calm and patient. The sky is the limit for both of these two as they continue to grow and fully realize their athleticism and lacrosse potential!
The staff at Blue Star Lacrosse is superb. They provided my boys with tremendous poise and clarity through the entire process. They were honest and straightforward with us which is everything during this process.
- Yates Parents
The importance of staying level-headed during the recruiting process, and not letting it define you, is something easier said than done these days. In past few years, we have had several players who developed later in their high school career who went on to play at some of the best schools in the country. Take for example Colin Crowley, the NJ Midfielder of the Year, who committed in the fall of his junior year while the majority of his classmates had been committed for at least a year. We always urge our players to take the process as it comes to them, it is unique for every single player and family.
James and Brooks and their family demonstrated and revealed exactly how to navigate the recruiting process. They did it with grit, grace, humility and sincerity.
At Blue Star we recognize players with great athleticism but also players who demonstrate strong work ethic and character. It’s that second piece of the equation, work ethic and character, that is the most vital for long-term success. We want players who will continue to work hard, no matter what their situation is! Both Brooks and James did that precisely and never once stopped believing in themselves or their hard work!
As experienced coaches we are able to convey ethic and character to college coaches. Attitude is everything. Whether it was a long drive to a practice, an early indoor session, or the last game of a hot summer tournament in July, Brooks and James were all in.