Matthew Smidt’s performance in the first half of the Long Island Rising Junior Showcase last month told Division I coaches a whole lot.
The lefty goaltender from Smithtown West made 12 saves and was named one of the game’s MVPs in an 11-10 Suffolk win.
As first reported by Joe on Twitter on Sunday, Smidt, a strong stopper with exceptional stick skills, has decided on his college destination, giving a verbal commitment to Ohio State, after being heavily recruited by may major D-I programs.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Matt on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The main factor in my decision choice was the coaching staff at The Ohio State University. (Head) Coach (Nick) Meyers and (Assistant) Coach (Dave) Dobbins made me feel on my initial visit like I was part of a family. The facilities too were by far the most impressive I’ve seen and I cannot wait to play there. The academics and advisors were a big factor as well.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited and considered Cornell, UPenn, Maryland, Georgetown and Penn State.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I always play with a lot of intensity whenever I step in the cage. My strength is my stopping ability and the ability to make the saves on the off-stick side. I’ve trained a lot of hours to improve that side facing mostly right-handed players.
How many new schools you hadn’t been in touch with did you speak to after your performance at the Long Island Showcase?
After receiving the MVP of the LI Showcase, I started to get interest from Hofstra, Lehigh, Villanova and Rutgers.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
Much of my influence has come from my parents, trainers, coaches and the players on my team. They have all been a positive motivator in my success as a player.
Going to the One on One Goalie Camp in Farmingdale, N.Y., since I was 7 years old has helped my development. Also, I have had many different individual trainers over the years (I would like to thank all of them) and I have incorporated their styles of play to make myself a better player and person.
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