If you take a look at nine Hudson Valley All-America recipients, you will notice just one has not yet committed to a college.
That would be Lakeland/Panas junior midfielder Conor Prunty.
Conor Prunty’s success on the turf has opened many eyes, including those of various NCAA coaches.
Prunty, one the top offensive threats for Lakeland/Panas has emerged into a highly sought after product on the recruiting market.
A slew of Division I schools, including Siena, Marist, Fairfield and Delaware, have been in active pursuit of the All-America middie. The University at Albany has also shown interest.
With his Rebels squad making their run in the state tournament, New York State Regents exams to prepare for, and now the process of being recruited and visiting schools, there are some major challenges cooking on Prunty’s front burner right now.
“It gets crazy at times, but it’s all worth it,” said Prunty, a junior who had three goals and an assist during the Rebels’ sudden-death, 10-9 OT victory over Albany-based Shenendehowa on Saturday.
“It’s a pretty important decision. You’ve got to put a lot of time going into it. It’s just a huge decision that I have to make. It’s going to be worth it. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life. So, it’s been nice so far.”
Prunty plans on trying out for the Empire State games this summer. At the Games, Prunty will have the chance to ply his trade in front of a buffet-line of Division-I coaches and scouts.
Siena, which has been recruiting Prunty since the fall, even catching one of his football games (Prunty quarterbacks the Lakeland Hornets as one of the areas potent passers).
Prunty hasnt narrowed down the list of potential Division I suitors. Prunty is, however, beginning to schedule visits.
Im going down Friday to Fairfield then Ill be down in Delaware in a couple weeks, he said.
Prunty has developed a rapport with Siena head coach Brian Brecht, who has won multiple MAAC coach of the year awards .
Top-seeded Siena earned a berth in the MAAC championship this season, albeit the Saints wound up losing in a 8-7 heartbreaker to Mount St. Marys.
He (Brecht) came down to watch our game against Fox Lane, Prunty noted. Hes a good guy, I like him a lot. He dedicated a lot of time to that program, I have a lot of respect for him for that.
Players around Section 1 have a lot of respect for Prunty.
The established scorer popped two timely goals and dished out an assist in the Rebels Section 1 victory over Yorktown. Prunty rocketed home some mid-range rips and finished with four goals and two assists in a slugfest sectional semi-final win against Mahopac.
Brecht and his assistant coaches at Siena have been strong presences in the local area. The Saints boasted six Westchester and Putnam County area players on the roster this season, including Kyle Vercruysse of Yorktown.
Prunty said a pair of friends from Lakeland attend Siena and hes interested in what the school has to offer. Marist is another school that intrigues him. Prunty is friendly with Marist defensemen Brendan Brunelle, who played at Yorktown and earned All-Section honors his junior and senior seasons.
While Prunty is aware of the big decision that awaits him, hes keeping his eyes on the prize. He says winning games and advancing in the state tournament is first and foremost.
Hudson Valley All-Americans and their college choices
Kevin Interlicchio, sr., attack, Yorktown/Johns Hopkins
Conor Prunty, jr., midfield, Lakeland/Panas/undecided
Shawn Honovich, sr., midfield, Lakeland/Panas/Fairfield
Andrew Fazio, sr., defense, Lakeland/Panas/Keene State
Mike Daniello, jr., attack, John Jay/Johns Hopkins
Jameson Pickel, sr., defense/LSM, John Jay/Johns Hopkins
Ryan Fitzgerald, sr., attack, Put Valley/St. John’s
John Brandofino, sr., attack, Mahopac/New York Tech
Bobby Sincero, sr., goaltender, Hen Hud/Army
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