Things move quickly when it comes to recruiting commitments.
Especially this time of year.
Consider Jesse Parker.
Just five days ago, the Half Hollow Hills East standout was one of the top uncommitted players on display at the Long Island Lacrosse Showcase at Adelphi University.
As of today, Parker is uncommitted no more.
The righty attackman, a rising senior, has given a verbal commitment to Binghamton University.
“Binghamton is considered a ‘Public Ivy’ with great academics and a beautiful location,” Parker said. “Coach (Scott) Nelson is a top-flight Division I coach who immediately made me feel comfortable on my visit. Overall, the program has a bright future.”
So too does the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Parker, as evidenced by his highlight film.
“My strengths as a player are definitely my strong finishing ability and high lacrosse IQ,” said Parker, who also considered Dartmouth and Boston University as well as several highly regarded D-III programs, including Tufts, Middlebury and Wesleyan. “I have a strong passion for the game and it really motivates me to be the best player I can possibly be.”
Now, Parker plans on taking his talents to an even higher all-around level.
“I’ve been working on all aspects, including riding, ground balls, shooting, dodging and passing,” he said. “I feel I can improve on all areas of my game since I can always become a better player than I am right now.”
Parker points to several people who have helped him become a Division I commit.
“My biggest influences have been all my coaches for sure,” Parker said. “Coaches Hodgson, Conway, Fox, Maloney, Harris, and Coach Ken Miller from the Long Island Sting have all helped me become the player and person I am today. My dad, despite never having played lacrosse, learned the game and has had a major influence on me as well.”
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