Almost a year ago, Mark Keiffer (Bedford, N.H.) verbally committed to Cornell.
A junior in high school, he found himself in a fortuitous situation. Then gearing up for his club season with GPS New Hampshire, it was comforting to know an Ivy League student-athlete experience awaited.
But this past summer, the Big Red's coaches said it was no longer the right fit. Keiffer's spot in their Class of 2019 was off the table.
"I allowed myself to plateau and not push myself to that next level," Keiffer said. "Now it's been extra motivation to prove them wrong."