Rye rising senior Cole McCormack, one of
the top all-around players in the state,
is bound for NCAA finalist Cornell.
(File photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)
One of the top rising seniors in the state, Rye midfielder Cole McCormack, just informed me that he has given a verbal commitment to attend 2009 NCAA Division I finalist Cornell.
Few high school players excel in the two key parts of the posssession game groundballs and faceoffs more than McCormack.
So perhaps its appropriate that McCormacks college destination is a college program that excelled in both areas en route to its appearance in this past seasons NCAA Division I championship game a 10-9 overtime loss to Syracuse.
Though he is also adept offensively, McCormack is fully aware his role at Cornell may be to specialize in groundballs and faceoffs.
At Cornell, I would like to be a two-way middie, but I know Ill need to work hard to do that, he said. What ever they need me to do to help win Ill do.
McCormacks groundball and faceoff skills caught the attention of college recruiters following his sophomore season in the spring and summer of last year. He had 13 groundballs and won nine of 13 faceoffs in a 7-1 loss to Mount Sinai in the 2008 Class C state semifinals. Then, during the subsequent Empire State Games, he had 26 groundballs and went 63-34 on faceoffs and in Hudson Valleys run to a bronze medal.
But McCormacks familiarity with Cornell started even before that.
I went up to Cornell for a summer camp as a freshman and I loved it since then, he said. This past year I went up to Cornell on their junior recruiting day and I loved it just as much as freshman year.
McCormack also made unofficial visits to Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Yale, Lehigh, Hofstra, Colgate, Drexel and Penn.
I was so fortunate to visit so many amazing colleges, he said. There really was no short list. All of the coaches I met and talked to were so helpful and nice to me and my family.
With his college decision now set, McCormack can prepare for football season and try to help Rye win what could be a fourth straight state title.
When I was younger, I always dreamed of playing football at Florida State, but I realized that was not happening, he said. I was recruited more in lacrosse and saw more of an opportunity there.
Football has helped me so much with lacrosse. It has helped my vision of the field and just becoming a better athlete. If I could give anyone any advice, it would be play as many sports as long as you can. It will only help you be a better athlete.
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