Today, Ian Elson of Riverton was nice enough to answer a few questions about his recent commitment to Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado. Ian is the next in a long line of players from Utah who are starting to get noticed nationally and recruited by NCAA schools. Ian, a senior for the Silverwolves, has been playing lacrosse since first grade, when he played with the Crease Monkeys and has played with many club teams since including Utah Select, Headstrong, Utah Starz, and Wasatch LC.
-What schools were you considering before making the decision to go with Adams State?
I considered Southwestern University, Colorado Mesa University, Westminster University, Centre College, and University of the Cumberlands, before signing my national letter of intent to play lacrosse for Adams State University in Alamosa Colorado.
-Why Adams State? What about the program/appealed to you or stood out from other schools?
I like the smaller campus and class sizes. I was able to meet with the head of the business department before I even applied for admissions. I also like Colorado. I have the opportunity to go to school out of state, and since Adams State is in the RMAC conference, I will be able to play college games in Utah. I also like the interactions I had with Coach Levesque. I am really excited for the direction he is taking the program and am looking forward to being part of the team.
-You still have a season left of high school; what are you looking forward to/what are your goals for the coming season?
I am looking forward to a strong finish my senior season. I hope to improve my individual statistics, and work with my team so we can improve our results.
-What advice would you give to other players looking to play at the next level after high school?
You need to continually work to improve your skills. You can’t put your stick down at the end of the season. I learned a lot traveling and playing in tournaments out of state against really tough competition. When I considered playing in college, I learned that college coaches don’t go to tournaments to discover players. They are there to watch players who have reached out to them. Do your research and contact the college coaches/schools you are interested in prior to the tournaments.