seems like the same schools are always more competitive, Lawrenceville, Taft, Deerfield etc , any downside with those schools?
For the most part they are but there can be some ebb and flow. 2 of the 3 schools you mentioned are now competitive bc of coach turnover (not that they weren't good before but now they are excellent). Taft and Lawrenceville have become beasts bc of new regimes. Nic Bell (few years) and Posner (1 year). Again, as another poster said just look at position and playing time if that's what's important bc for the most part the academics are good all around at these all of these schools. Some are obviously better (Deerfield) but I am making a general comment.