‘Committed’ sheds light on lacrosse recruiting process

Committed (Movie)

The regular lacrosse season is winding down, but the the summer season is right around the corner. For many, summer is about skill development or simply more opportunities to play lacrosse. For some, though, it’s about exposure, about being seen, and about, potentially, being recruited.

Being seen by college coaches is great, but it helps to know what they’re looking for. To that end, Alex Weber made “Committed,” a 50-minute documentary that follows four recruits at the 2013 Maverik Showtime recruiting event, where 165 players auditioned in front of top college coaches.

“The goal of this film,” Weber said, “is to share the honest thoughts and insights of what college coaches are looking for in recruits, how they view the process and what can seal the deal both positively and negatively.”

“Committed” was released in February and is available for digital download on Vimeo. It’s $9.99 to purchase or $3.99 for a 24-hour rental.

Weber, coach at Harvard Westlake and a former high school All-American in New York and Academic All-American at U Penn, has seen the recruiting process from all angles — prospect, college player and high school coach. As the sport continues to explode in popularity, he realized there are a lot of players and parents who find their heads spinning as they try to figure out which travel teams, tournaments, camps and “showcases” will improve their chances at playing in college.

“Having been a D-I Recruit, and now helping my high school players with recruiting, I have seen how much this sport has grown and progressed,” Weber said. “It’s at an incredibly popular and competitive level. With this intense competition to achieve [the goal of playing] college lacrosse, you really do have to do everything right, and I realized a lot of players across the country aren’t aware of what they need to do.”

So Weber went to the source, interviewing coaches representing some of the top programs in the country, including Notre Dame, Cornell, Denver, North Carolina, Michigan, Harvard and UPenn.

“Having the dream of playing college lacrosse, we work so hard to get there, and yet we rarely know the factors that can decide the fate of our dream,” Weber said. “That’s why I made this film. To remove the mystery around recruiting. To hear from the college coaches, inform the recruits from across America and strengthen the drive and focus of those who want to achieve college lacrosse.”