The number of rising sophomore commits in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed lacrosse has hit half a dozen.
The latest comes from Trinity-Pawling’s Tyler Kellogg, an attackman who started every game as a freshman at Trinity-Pawling before enjoying a strong summer for Prime Time.
Kellogg has great size, a strong shot and stick skills and a high lacrosse IQ.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Tyler on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted to visit a lot of schools to see which one was the right fit. Because I am so young, it was hard to have any idea what I wanted.
The University of Virginia just felt right when I was on campus. I had a great meeting with the coaches and really enjoyed the city of Charlottesville as well as the campus itself.
UVa will give me the chance to play ACC lacrosse and attend a great university that is fairly close to home.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered and visited Army, Navy, Siena, UMass, Hofstra, Stony Brook, Binghamton, North Carolina and Virginia.
My older brother (defenseman Mike) attends Morrisville State and the Mustangs and (Head) Coach (Jason) Longo were definitely in the mix as well! In the end, UNC and Virginia were the last two standing.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I am aggressive and like to play a fast game. I want to shoot the ball and go to the net. I love to feed and get others involved and like to take charge of the offense. I also like to take the ball away on the ride and create turnovers that lead to scoring chances.
What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
I need to get stronger with my left hand so that I am more of a threat to keep going when the ball is in my weak hand. I also need to improve my dodging and become a better feeder on the move. Getting bigger and faster is also a priority.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
The biggest influence during my development as a player has been my Trinity-Pawling coach Nic Bell, hands down. He had trust in me in the beginning of the year, starting me in every game, even though I was the only freshman on the team. I would have never been where I am now without Coach Bell. He is the most prepared and hardest working coach I have ever worked with.
My Prime Time club director, Nick Daniello, has not been on the field with me but has helped me a great deal during the recruiting process. He works very hard to help his players get noticed and to make connections when needed.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in this summer?
I played for the Prime Time 2014 team for the last two years and I think we attended every event in the country. We played in NYLA, MVP, King of the Hill, Tri-State and Hotbeds this past year.
I also was lucky enough to get an invitation to play at Maverik Showtime and also tried out for the New England Under Armor team. I attended the New England Prep Showcase to start the summer.
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