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2020 Trevor Kelly
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Getting to Know Trevor Kelly
Player Name: Trevor Kelly
College Commitment: Army
High School: Myers Park
Position: Midfield
Graduating Class: 2020

What other schools did you consider?
UNC and Richmond
How did the school you chose separate itself from the others you considered?
The United States Military Academy is a place like no other; I immediately fell in love with the coaching staff and the team’s values. While it took some time for me to come around to the service aspect, I believe that deciding to attend Army is a phenomenal decision for not only lacrosse, but for my future. Although any school can guarantee you playing time, or your major of choice, there wasn’t a single school that could offer the level of experience and development of life skills I will receive at West Point. 

How would you describe your recruiting process overall?
It was longer than expected and was plagued with injury, but overall I found the perfect fit and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. 

What was your favorite part of the recruiting process? 
My favorite part of the recruiting process, like many athletes, was receiving calls from programs I dreamed of playing for. I remember watching college lacrosse as a young kid and saying, “Man, I want to be like these guys”. Fast forward to 2019 and what were once goals had become a reality. Knowing that my dream of playing college lacrosse came true is an extremely fulfilling thought to consider. 

What opportunities and information assisted you during your recruiting process?
I learned many valuable lessons during my recruiting process that I believe will be applicable to various aspects of life in the future. The most important information I valued during my process was to do what’s best for you. Don’t let anyone else decide what’s in your heart and what/where will be the best fit for you. Knowing that helped ease my process and allowed me to make an informed, confident decision. 

In addition, I looked to Ryan as a mentor through my recruiting process. I always sensed that he believed in me and had my best interests in mind. Having someone like Ryan, a well known and respected individual in the lacrosse community, as my advocate to coaches gave me a lot of confidence and sense of security. 

Did you feel like you had support from the Team 24/7 Staff during your process? If so, how?
Most definitely. Ryan and all my summer coaches were very supportive of me and advocated for me to colleges who showed interest. I wouldn’t be where I am without Team 24/7. 

What individual or showcase events, if any, did you find the most beneficial during your process?
The two recruiting events I participated in were Maverik Showtime and UA All-American Underclass Games; both were very beneficial in their own ways.

Maverik Showtime helped open my eyes to the incredible amount of talent there was in my class, and if I wanted to be recruited, that I needed to improve all aspects of my game. The Under Armour All-American Underclass games was a great experience for me because not only was I able to play in front of tons of schools, I was able to represent the South and compete against other regions of the country. Advancing to the semifinals in the UA Games was a huge morale builder for me because I realized that being a lacrosse player from the South did not put me at much of a disadvantage; I too could be recruited by D1 programs.

What would you tell younger players or parents to help them prepare for the recruiting process?
When the time comes, don’t worry about who committed where or who got called by who, just play the game and worry about the things you can control: your attitude and your effort. Control those things, put in the work when nobody’s watching and everything will fall into place. 
Coach Flanagan on Trevor
We have been fortunate to work with Trevor since we first started coaching in Charlotte and it has been incredibly rewarding to see him grow into a respectful young man, a leader and an outstanding athlete. The way he carries himself on and off the field is something all our players can look up to.
There are two moments that will always stick out in my mind with Trevor. The first was when he was in 8th or 9th grade. I went over to the field around 8PM one evening to repair one of our nets. It was dark out and I was just going to leave my car headlights on so that I could make a few small repairs to the net prior to a program we were running the next day.

I get to the field and someone is out shooting on the nets. You can't see anything at all. Just the outline of the orange frame and someone shooting. As I get closer, I see Trevor and his brother sweating after what appeared to have been a 1-2 hour shooting session. I always thought this was the perfect example of his work ethic. There was no excuse at all. You could barely see, the net was ripped up and there were no lights on the field but he was working his butt off to get better. This was just the time I happened to go to the field while he was working out but I have no doubt this was something he was doing regularly for years and what has allowed him to be so successful on and off the field.

The other was during the Fall of his Junior year. We were at a tournament in Philly playing against one of the top clubs in the country. Trevor is a really nice kid and never wants to be the guy stealing reps in games or in drills. He is extremely competitive but very respectful of his teammates so when we are at recruiting events, he wants to make sure that everyone is getting a chance to play in front of coaches. We were going back and forth with the other team and with about 20 seconds left we get the ball back. I turn to Trevor on the sideline and ask him to please make a play. He comes right out of the substitution box, gets the ball, makes one move and takes a textbook right-handed over-handed shot that goes right past the goalie. You can see the picture above from that game. He is one of those players that has the ability to make a play whenever he wants when the ball is in his stick.

When you take a kid with his work-ethic and combine it with his athletic ability, the sky is the limit. We have been fortunate to work with him as long as we have and can't wait to see what he does at Army!
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