With three full days left in the Fall Early Signing Week, we’ve been telling you that St. Anthony’s leads the region with 16 senior commits.
Well, the Friars’ CHSAA rival, Chaminade, is more than holding its own in this department as well.
All told, Chaminade has nine senior commits and seven junior commits.
One of them is Brian Pratt.
The left-handed midfielder has given a verbal to Yale.
The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Pratt, who has good speed, strong stick skills, excels in transition situations.
Here’s a Q&A with Brian on his commitment:
What were the main factors in your decision?
The mix of athletics and academics. I knew that lacrosse was going to be a huge part of my college experience no matter where I decided to play, but in the end I thought Yale would give me the best chance at success in the future.
Another huge factor was my visit to Yale. I had a great time hanging out with the guys on the team and even the other recruits that were visiting. I felt that at Yale I would be the most comfortable and happy.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Harvard, UPenn and Georgetown. I had the chance to visit UPenn and Georgetown and had a great time at both schools. I decided to commit to Yale before my Harvard visit and did not get a chance to see the campus.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My ability to play on both sides of the ball, my transition play and my leadership are my strengths.
I would describe my style of play as a between the lines middie. Most of my play is in transition where I do my best to set up fast breaks and scrap for ground balls.
What areas of your game do you think you need to improve on?
My shot, my footwork and my strength. Since I am on the shorter side, I rely mostly on my speed. This off season I am going to have to work on getting a lot bigger and work on my shot speed and accuracy.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
Around freshman year. Throughout middle school lacrosse wasn’t as competitive as it is now and when I got to high school and held my own against better players I started to realize I could be successful.
What were some of the big summer showcase events you’ve competed in the last couple of years and how did you do?
The past couple of summers I have competed in a lot of tournaments and showcases both as a team and on my own. Over the summer I play for the Long Island Express and they do a great job of setting us up at the best tournaments such as Tri-State, The NSCLA Club Championship, and Brine Shootout. Our team grew as the summer went on and we were very successful at all our tournaments. On my own I attended Nike Blue Chip which was an awesome experience and a great way to be seen by the best schools in the country.
* For more info on Brian, check out his player profile by clicking here.
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