We have another major commitment from one of the top juniors in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, folks.
Bronxville standout midfielder Jack Near, who starred this past summer for Prime Time Lacrosse, just called me moments ago from Colorado, where he is enjoying some skiing during winter break, to inform me that he has verbally committed to accept a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.
Near (pictured above in a file photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) was also recruited by Syracuse, Georgetown, Hofstra, Colgate and Brown.
Near was one of the standouts at this past summer’s Maverick Showtime Lacrosse National Recruiting Showcase.
“Jack is an extremely athletic, two-way midfielder who is scrappy and can dominate dodging down the alleys,” Prime Time coach Nick Daniello said. “He has the ability to take over games and can shoot on the run with the best of them. He will be an impact player at the next level and has a bright future at Notre Dame.”
Near is the second heavily recruited Bronxville player to commit to a major D-I program. Classmate Charlie McCormick committed to Georgetown late last month, deciding on the Hoyas after visiting Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Notre Dame, Penn State and Hofstra. Near and McCormack, now teammates, will soon be rivals in the newly launched Big East Lacrosse Conference.
Here’s a Q&A on Jack’s commitment that I just completed with him:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Notre Dame?
In large part what the school had to offer me academically and, of course, athletically. The turning point was their commitment to be No. 1 in everything that the institution is associated with.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Other schools I considered were Syracuse, Georgetown, Colgate, Hofstra and Brown. I visited all those schools as well as Notre Dame.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
Before I reach the next level, I want to improve my shooting accuracy and velocity on the run. There is always room for improvement of stick skills and finishing in close.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Dodging, clearing, and creating offense in transition as well as in 6 vs. 6. I would describe myself as an athletic, two-way midfielder.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the D-I level?
I first realized I had the potential to play at the D-I level going into my freshman summer.
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