The commitments keep coming, gang.

If you checked out our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown” earlier tonight, you learned that Long Island  Raiders goaltender Danny Fowler has given a verbal commitment to Duke.

Fowler plays varsity lax for Chaminade, one of the nation’s  most respected and established high school programs.

Dobbs Ferry, meanwhile, just completed its first season as a varsity lacrosse program.

And it was a memorable one for the Eagles, who finished 15-4 and advanced to the Section 1 Class C semifinals, where the fell to eventual champion Bronxville.

Now, just a couple of months removed from that season, Dobbs Ferry

If you checked our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown” yesterday, you learned that Dobbs Ferry rising senior midfielder John Yozzo-Scaperrotta (pictured above), who played for Prime Time’s 2012 team this summer, has committed to Brown.

Quite an achievement, especially for someone who just started playing the sport four years ago, after getting encouragement to give it a try from Dobbs Ferry athletic director Jim Lindsay, whose sons, Sean and Jim (the current Lakeland/Panas coach), both played at the Division I collegiate level.

The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Yozzo-Scaperrotta, a lefty, is also a football and basketball standout for Dobbs.

“He’s a great athlete, hard-worker and has a tremendous upside,” said Prime Time director Nick Daniello of Yozzo-Scaperrotta.

Now, here’s a Q&A with John on his commitment:

What were the main factors in your decision to attend Brown?
My decision to commit to Brown was based on the superior academic programming, location and diverse student population.  In addition, the university affords me incredible opportunities intellectually, culturally and athletically. I also felt an instant connection with Coach Lars Tiffany and I wanted the opportunity to learn and grow as a person and an athlete under his tutelage.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Hobart, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, Army and Air Force. I visited Brown, Hobart, Holy Cross and Lehigh.

What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
Increase the strength of my non-dominant hand, lacrosse IQ and shooting accuracy.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a lacrosse player include shot speed, mental and physical toughness, defense and quick thinking on the field. My style of play is strongly based on teamwork. I enjoy playing a fast-paced, tough game that challenges my physicality and speed.

When did you first start playing lacrosse, and who introduced it to you?
I began my lacrosse career in eighth grade when Dobbs Ferry High School first started the program. My athletic director, Jim Lindsay, was instrumental in introducing the sport to me.  I knew immediately that lacrosse was going to be significant in my life.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
It was not as much a specific time but a gradual feeling of ability and confidence that led me to believe that I may have a future in lacrosse. As the years went on and I became more engrossed in lacrosse, I began to notice personal improvements.

Thanks to my experience with Prime Time, this past summer has given me the opportunity to explore my abilities at a higher level.

With the help and commitment of my coaches, parents, other players and teachers I developed a deeper understanding of my abilities. It has been a gradual but incredibly rewarding experience for me.

* For more info on John, check out his player profile by clicking here.

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