A notebook, garage door dents and Jimmy McCool’s rise as a D-I prospect

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Before Sept. 1 arrived and college coaches began recruiting him, Jimmy McCool’s high school coach gave him a notebook. It was the same small, flip-page booklet with yellow and blue lines that Ryan Henry gave all his players at New Hampton (New Hampshire) School, one that he encouraged them to use as the centralized location for all their recruiting visit notes.

When McCool received his notebook, it was completely empty except for four handwritten questions on the top page — Henry’s go-to during recruiting calls: what role does the program play in academics, what’re the pillars of your program, why me, and how does the program’s culture fit into my overall school experience. “At least keep the top page,” Henry joked to McCool.

The first phone call came from Syracuse defensive coordinator Lelan Rogers at 12:40 a.m. on Sept. 1, the first Zoom session with SU’s coaching staff four days later, and the first official offer hours after that. McCool initially thought it was a prank call when his iPhone glowed with a 315 area code, but less than a week later he became the fourth commit in the Orange’s Class of 2022.

A junior in high school, McCool still has two years before he’ll contend for the starting goalie spot in the Carrier Dome. For now, he’s one of two four-star goalie prospects, with the other a Class of…

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