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Texans at the Next Level - Hayden Wilson

02/01/2013, 11:30am CST
By KS

D1 Hofstra Pride

Vitals

Name: Hayden Wilson
School: Hofstra University (D1)
Year: Freshman
Position: Midfield
High School: Episcopal Dallas (2012)

Accolades

  • THSLL All-State 2012
  • THSLL North All-District 2011
  • All-SPC 2011,2012
  • Team Captain-2012
  • MVP-2012
  • Under Armour All-America Underclassmen South Team
  • Camp All-Star
    • T99
    • Notre Dame

1. Describe your best lacrosse memory.

One of my more recent great memories was passing the running test at school to get my helmet. Until we passed the run test, we had to wear our high school helmet, but, when we got our new Hofstra helmets, it just made all of the freshmen feel more like a real part of the team.

2. What is the best part of playing lacrosse at Hofstra?

One of the best parts about playing at Hofstra is all of the gear. We have a bold color scheme and we get very hooked up by Warrior. We also are very close as a team and have a lot of fun together.

3. Outline your typical day as a student athlete. 

I usually get up and go to class between 8:00 and 10:00 IF there is not a 6:30 AM morning workout. Then I have anywhere from 3-4 classes a day before a practice/lift at 3:00. After that I either go to a late class on some days or go get food and head back to the dorm to hang out and do homework.

4. What is the hardest part about being a student athlete?

The hardest part is probably early mornings. Getting up early for a workout, then going to class and staying up late doing homework only to get up early again the next day can get a little brutal.

5. How do you train to keep improving now that you are at the next level?

The skills only need to get better when you get to the next level.  It doesn't matter how good you were in high school. It is key to keep hitting the wall and shooting more than ever. It is also important to get bigger, faster, and stronger.

6. How did you get your looks in high school and what was your overall recruiting experience like?

I played out on the east coast as much as I could and went to as many tournaments as possible. 

7. How do you feel about your squad going into the 2013 season?

Our team is looking very strong going into the 2013 season. We have a very experienced defense and a mix of veteran and solid younger players on offense. The team has been working hard all fall.

8. What did you do to improve your game while you were in high school?

I would go out and play any chance I could, from pick up games, one on ones to even getting out and just shooting with some guys after school. It is important to never totally stop playing for too long of a time, if it's just getting out and shooting or hitting the wall a little bit.

9. What advice do you have for young Texans that aspire to play at the next level?

Going to as many recruiting camps as possible gives you the best chances to get on a coach's radar. This will also put you up against some of the best players in the country so you can gauge your skills.

10. What is the best piece of gear (apparel or equipment) you have received?

The best piece of equipment was when we got all of our gear for the spring season. We got a couple pairs of gloves, a second helmet, and some new cleats.

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