Your Mission, Should You Accept It…

You may remember back in October when Erik and I went to his first college recruitment visit. Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia came at Erik very early on, asking him to be a part of their lacrosse team.

The trip was a nice one, the campus is gorgeous, and there are less students at the university than there are at Erik’s high school. Erik enjoyed the trip and seemed to like the campus. The coach was great and the students seemed generally friendly.

As I was driving to work yesterday, Erik sent me a text that he was officially accepted to Alderson Broaddus!

Erik’s still not one hundred percent sure he wants to go to college, but he is very happy his top choice wants him there. I think the trepidation is from Kyle’s less-than-stellar year at Dallas, but I know Erik is certainly smart enough to well at AB.

We’re all very proud of him.

Recruitment Visit #1 Was A Success

So Thursday afternoon Erik and I traveled to Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia. The school has been recruiting him for their lacrosse team, so we took two days to visit the campus, talk to the coach and learn about the school.

The journey was 350 miles from Philadelphia, but amazingly, the ride was really nice. The PA Turnpike, then parts of Maryland, and right into West Virginia. We stayed in a hotel Thursday night because the meeting was not scheduled until Friday at 11am. I’ll say this, because everyone always makes fun of West Virginia; the state is truly gorgeous, especially as the leaves turn colors. It is also, from what we’ve seen, it is very, very red. We saw more Trump flags and banners than I would have imagined.

I’ll also say West Virginians, for the most part are incredibly nice. We stopped at a few gas stations, rest, stops, and stores, and everyone was genuinely nice. When we arrived on campus, we didn’t know the lay of the land, and a student came over, gave us directions, and said, “Have a nice day.”

We arrived on campus and headed to the building to meet the lacrosse coach. The guy was much larger than I thought – tall, not fat – and he was extraordinarily nice. Erik filled out the application, and received a folder of all the things he needed to do to apply. He also said 70% of the students there participate in athletics.

The coach gave us a tour of the campus and its facilities, and offered us a history lesson, to boot. At the top of the campus hill, there are concrete placements where cannons were installed. On June, 3, 1861, the Battle of Philippi was fought – the first organized land battle of the Civil War -although it was more of a skirmish…

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Country Road, Take Me Home

Two years ago, Kyle and I took a few road trips to check out colleges who were interested in recruiting him for lacrosse. Georgian Court University (NJ), Heidelberg University (OH), and the University of Dallas (TX).

Later today, Erik and I will be making our first recruitment stop at Alderson Broaddus University, in Philippi, West Virginia.

The lacrosse coach there was interested in Erik almost immediately. After checking out Erik’s game films and his 74% faceoff win rate – 40% is considered good – he started sending Erik some messages to get him to check out the campus. We were sure Erik would want to stay close to home, so looking at West Virginia was a nice surprise.

The trip should last about six hours, but that’s nothing for a guy who drives down to the Outer Banks every year. Thanks to the Chinese Wuhan Virus, there are no longer overnight visits – where you can get a better feel for the school and the people – but we’ll see how everything goes. Hopefully, he’ll have a good time.

Erik has a few colleges to choose from – fifty-three college coaches followed him – and I learned a lot from Kyle’s experience. I still blame myself for pushing Dallas, especially after Kylee said he wanted to come home. I’ll let Erik make all the decisions, and support him in whatever he chooses.

P.S.I’ll try to have posts up today and tomorrow – the actual tour is set for tomorrow at 11am – but I’m not sure how often I’ll be online.