Player Name: Ben Rosenbloom College Commitment: Berry College High School: Providence High School Position: Defense Graduating Class: 2021
What other schools did you consider?
Aurora University, Guilford College, Bridgewater College, and Pfeiffer University
How did the school you chose separate itself from the others you considered?
The things that separated Berry from the other schools I was considering were the level of academic strength, the Life Works program they offer, and the beautiful campus.
How would you describe your recruiting process overall?
I would describe my recruiting process as an elongated process due to COVID-19. I had several visits planned for March and April 2020, but then COVID shut everything down. This was a massive change to my timeline seeing as I lost out on 4 school visits at the time. It was 4 months from the start of the lock down before I could start to visit schools again. Everything ended up getting pushed back until the end of the summer season, and then it picked up from there. I ended up visiting Berry for the 2nd time in mid-September of my senior year, and knew it was a place I could call home for the next 4 years.
What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?
My favorite part of the recruiting process was when I visited Berry College for the 2nd time. A lot of people throughout the process told me that I would know when I found the right place for me and I got that feeling in my gut at Berry on my 2nd visit.
What opportunities and information assisted you during your recruiting process?
Google and SportsRecruits were my best friend during the recruiting process. I was fortunate to know what I wanted to study, so I would spend a lot of time looking up schools that had the major I was looking for. This is how I first came across Berry College and the program there since it was not a program I knew much about before the process started.
Did you feel like you had support from the Team 24/7 Staff during your process? If so, how?
The 24/7 staff supported me the entirety of the recruiting process. They provided a lot of resources to help me work through my recruiting process, and helped me figure out where I would best succeed at the next level. In addition to the resources provided, all of the staff was more then happy to reach out to a coach to put in a good word for you which was really helpful. The coaches also reached out to schools that I didn't even know of and recommend me to the Coach of said schools to make sure I had options. The support was enough for me to know someone was always there, but limited enough to let me control my own recruiting process.
What individual or showcase events, if any, did you find the most beneficial during your process?
The individual event that I found most beneficial for me was a Berry College prospect day. This is because it showed the coaches that I truly wanted to attend Berry College, and I wasn't there to get looks from other schools. But with that, nothing beats the team events that I went to in my summers playing for Team 24/7
What would you tell younger players or parents to help them prepare for the recruiting process?
Don't get impatient. It is more important to take a longer time in order to find the perfect school than it is to be one of the first to commit.
Coach Flanagan on Ben
We were fortunate to have the Rosenbloom family in our program from the time Ben was in elementary school and enjoyed every minute of it. Not only is Ben a great person but his parents were always extremely supportive of everything we did. They are the type of people that you only hear from when they are offering to help, and it was never about their son. It was always about the group.
One of our favorite things about Ben over the years was how inquisitive he was. He wanted to know EVERYTHING about playing defense. Every possession, good or bad, would end with him coming up to a coach and asking what he could do differently. When we talk about a young player taking ownership of his development, very few did that better than Ben. He would take advantage of any opportunity he had to improve his lacrosse IQ or his physical ability on the field.
That desire to improve was something Ben took to another level in the weight room from his Sophomore to Senior year. We always talk about the importance of being “bigger, faster and stronger” if you want to play college lacrosse, specifically as a defenseman. Ben took that to heart and committed to spending time in the weight room. From his Sophomore year to his Senior year, Ben added over 200lbs to his back squat and is now squatting close to 450lbs. That is an impressive number for a college lacrosse player and Ben is doing that before he steps on a college campus. His commitment to getting “bigger, faster and stronger” has set an example for players in our program for years to come.
I’m excited to follow Ben’s career at Berry College and beyond!