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2021 Colton Curtis
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Getting to Know Colton Curtis
Player Name: Colton Curtis
College Commitment: Bates College
High School: Myers Park High School
Position: Defense
Graduating Class: 2021

What other schools did you consider?
Vassar, Haverford and Middlebury
How did the school you chose separate itself from the others you considered?
Bates separated itself because of the location of the school and the competitive atmosphere. Maine contrasts to the city life of Charlotte as it is very untouched by man. I love spending time outside, whether its fishing, hiking or a number of other activities I always enjoy the outdoors: Maine is the perfect place to experience all of these things. The NESCAC conference is also extremely competitive academically and athletically, which is something I had always wanted from my college experience.

How would you describe your recruiting process overall?
My process kept me honest. My target schools were all very strong academic schools that wanted to wait for grades from my junior year. This pushed me to work hard in the classroom, while also pushing myself to continue improving to be the best player I could be. Knowing my process would be longer from the beginning helped me adopt the mindset that I would need to work as hard as possible, academically and athletically, every day. 

What was your favorite part of the recruiting process? 
My favorite part of the process was the Fall season of my junior year. I didn't hear from many schools on September 1st and I hadn't been in contact with too many schools until the Fall recruiting events. It was extremely rewarding to hear from dozens of coaches after putting in the work in the Fall. I will never forget some of those first phone calls. 

What opportunities and information assisted you during your recruiting process?
I would say prospect camps helped me the most in my process. Being on campus in those competitive environments while getting hands-on coaching from college players and staff definitely made me a better player. I also got to learn more about which schools I liked and what I didn't like.

Did you feel like you had support from the Team 24/7 Staff during your process? If so, how?
I think the support from the entire 24/7 Staff helped me more than anything throughout the whole process. They always kept me updated with any interactions they had with coaches and made it very clear what I needed to do to take my game to the next level. Coach Flanagan was extremely available for any questions my family and I had and was always giving me advice. It can be a weird process, but having the staff and all their experience in the process at my disposal made it so much easier for my family.

The other thing I appreciated with 24/7 was how I was always treated like I had more potential. Without that I don't think I would be where I am today. I feel like every step of the way we were always told what and how we needed to do certain things if we wanted to play at the next level. That went a long way for our entire team. 

What individual or showcase events, if any, did you find the most beneficial during your process?
I did not attend a lot of showcases but felt like attending prospect days at target schools was beneficial to me. It helps to immediately start a relationship with a coach, which I found to be helpful in the long run. You get instant feedback from coaches and have a chance to see the campus. 

What would you tell younger players or parents to help them prepare for the recruiting process?
Just be patient. There's no science to recruiting and everyone's process is going to be different. If you work hard, things will work out. I would also say to never hesitate to reach out for help from the 24/7 staff, it's new to everyone and a little bit of advice can go a long way. They have a ton of experience, take advantage of it.
Coach Flanagan on Colton
I’ll always remember the first phone call I got about Colton. He had never played before and was picking up a stick for the first time with the Alexander Graham Middle School team. One of his AG coaches called to let me know about him and suggested I watch him play one day. Even though he hadn’t played much before, it didn’t take a genius to tell that he was an athletic kid that could be pretty good at lacrosse; if he wanted to be.  
While we could quickly tell that Colton was an athletic kid, we didn’t know the type of work ethic he had. As soon as he picked up a stick, Colton started looking for ways to improve. If he was going to play lacrosse, he was going to be very good at it. He was a sponge for everything we said as coaches and you saw the improvement in his game every time we stepped on the field. His stick turned from a weakness into a strength after hours spent on the wall and his intelligence allowed him to pick up defensive and offensive concepts at a high level very quickly. He is also the type of kid who asks for feedback on how he can improve and then attacks the area for improvement right away. 

The thing that always impressed me with Colton is how resilient he is. He mentioned it in his interview above but he wasn’t a guy that had coaches banging down his door on September 1st and he was on a team that had a lot of guys who were receiving those calls. While a lot of kids his age could have made excuses, Colton just focused on getting better. From the moment the Summer ended heading into his junior year until we played our first tournament of the Fall in November of his junior year, he completely changed his body. He committed to improving his footwork, getting faster and getting stronger and it made a big difference. He had a great Fall and put himself in a place to commit to a great school the following summer.

With his work ethic and intelligence, Colton is bound for success in anything he does in life. We’re fortunate to have worked with him over the last 7-8 years and look forward to following his career at Bates.
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