It was a breakout year for Jake Weil. After emerging as one of the key players on a John Jay team that won a sectional title for the fifth time in six years, the 6-foot midfielder enjoyed a noteworthy summer for the Prime Time travel team, which ended with his earning a spot in the rising senior all-star game at the Battle of the Hotbeds Camp at the University of Delaware.
Weil’s success this spring and summer put him in the position to play at the Division I level. Today, Weil decided where that will be, as he gave a verbal commitment to Dartmouth College.
“Jake is an outstanding two-way midfielder who over the last six months has developed into one of the top midfielders in the section,” said Nick Daniello, the director of the Prime Time program. “With his combination of size and speed, he has the potential to make an immediate impact at the next level.
“Jake is the perfect example of what hard work in the class room and on the field can accomplish and he has a very bright future at Dartmouth.”
Here’s a Q&A with Jake on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Dartmouth?
Dartmouth has always been No. 1 on my list ever since I was a little kid. My dad went there so I had been up to Dartmouth many times before and I’ve always known that I loved it.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I had talked to schools like Colgate, Middlebury, Williams, Tufts, and a few others and I was considering all of them. However, I only visited Colgate, Middlebury and Dartmouth throughout the process.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
To play at the next level, I think I will need to get stronger and bigger. Division 1 is a new style of play in which I will have to get used to as well.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My speed and decision making. My style is dodging from up top and getting a full head of steam.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
John Jay has had great players throughout its history. I’ve looked up to my brother Zach, Chris and Nick Daniello, Kevin Stockel, Ryder Bohlander, and the rest of the guys I grew up watching.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the D-I level?
I’m not really sure. I guess when the recruiting process started and I was receiving a few letters in the mail from D-I programs.
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