Dec. 3, 2012
In the 13th entry in the question-and-answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, Graham Conlan, a graduate from The Hill School (Pa.), is profiled. Conlan played four years of varsity lacrosse for The Hill School and captained the team his senior year. During his prep career, he was named to the All-MAPL team and was ranked as the nation's No. 22 defensemen by ESPN Rise his senior year.
On transitioning from high school lacrosse to Division I ... "High school lacrosse is more about doing everything on your own, and you did not really have anything in the fall, and it was mostly just the captains getting everyone together. Now it is a lot more work to put in."
On what drew him to Michigan ... "Definitely academics. When I was choosing schools that was one of my biggest priorities."
On being part of Michigan's first lacrosse recruiting class ... "It is something special. It will always go down as the first class. I love all of the guys on the team. We all get along well together."
On committing to Michigan early in the recruiting process ... "I knew I had wanted to make a decision at that point when I was committing somewhere. Other schools I was looking at were still kind of iffy. When Michigan came up, I came out here and committed on the spot, which was really a special moment for myself and my family."
On what type of lacrosse defender you would describe yourself as ... "I would say in high school I was a takeaway defenseman always, but now I am trying to transition to becoming more of a balanced defenseman when adapting to the college game."