With eight seniors committed to college programs, John Jay is the unofficial leader for college-bound 12th-graders among high school teams in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.
If you want to keep score at home, just check our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown,” or check out the complete list of the “Elite Eight” a bit further down in this story.
The latest Indians’ senior to make his decision is long-stick midfielder Tom Mertens.
Mertens has committed to Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.
Former John Jay defensive standout Bobby Crossett is a senior defenseman for the Gulls, the defending Commonwealth Coast Conference champions.
Like the 6-foot-4 Crossett, Mertens has good size (at 6-2) and athleticism.
Here’s a Q&A with Tom on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Endicott?
It’s the perfect fit for the type of school I was looking for. I don’t want a huge school, but something a little bigger than John Jay. Endicott’s facilities, academics and athletics were the main attractions for me. The look/feel of the campus is what really set it apart from other schools in my opinion.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Early in the process, I visited Fairfield, Colgate and UMass, more recently I visited Centenary and Roger Williams.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I feel I will need to become faster and stronger, as well as improve my stick skills. I think adjusting to the speed of the college game, and getting used to a new system will be difficult.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are my hustle and ability to be a team player on defense. My style of play is to use my hustle and speed to make plays and play good defense.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
Two players I have looked up to through my varsity career are Ian De Ruiter and Jameson Pickel. Ian is a physical, hustle-type player who never seemed to get tired, and Jameson has outstanding speed and a great knowledge of the game. If you combine both I feel you would have a great LSM.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I have always wanted to play in college after watching lacrosse on TV. I think when I started realizing the potential to play at the college level from seeing former John Jay players continue their lacrosse careers after high school.
• John Jay’s senior commits
(click on each name for the LaxLessons.com commitment story)
Mike Daniello, attack, Johns Hopkins
Alex Lanza, defense, Gettysburg
Mike Lupinacci, attack, Rollins
Thomas Mertens, LSM, Endicott
Brendan Morris, midfield, Gettysburg
Jimmy Morris, midfield, Gettysburg
Forrest Walter, midfield, Colgate
Jake Weil, midfield, Dartmouth
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