In December 2018, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association announced it would be the 25th state in the country to formally recognize or sanction high school lacrosse when it does so in 2021. It’s the fourth state to do so since 2017, when Ohio began its championship status in 2017. Illinois began its championship status in 2018, and Utah will do so in 2020.
The sport is more popular than ever, more people are playing it, and the playing field is more and more spread out across the nation. The top talent is no longer densely populated in only a few regions. More opportunities is great for the growth of the game, but it does make it more difficult to stand out and gain the attention of college coaches.
Where there is a problem, however, there are individuals putting together a solution. The response for this has meant an explosion of recruiting showcases.