Only five varsity programs from the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate area have more seniors who have committed to play in college than Seton Hall Prep.
In case you haven’t checked our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown” lately, SHP has six of them, including Brendan Barrett.
Barrett, a lefty, has good size and stick skills.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Brendan on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
BU is not only one of the best schools in the country academically, but it is one of the best schools in the country for my major. (BU Head Coach) Ryan Polley was another big reason I chose BU. The type of reputation he has as a coach is great, but even more than that I really like him as a person and what he has planned for BU lacrosse.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Early on, I was looking at a bunch of other schools, but it came down to Rutgers, Hartford, Fairfield, Washington & Lee, Wesleyan and Amherst. I visited Fairfield and W&L. Meanwhile, I had planned visits at Rutgers, Hartford and Wesleyan that never happened because of my commitment to BU.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are definitely my size and stick skills. I play a sort of Canadian style. I try to be creative on the crease and on the left wing using my size. If you knew me, I wouldn’t have to tell you that I am dominantly left-handed. I can usually get away with that because I use my right to set up my left, or I use my size to fight through a defenseman.
What areas of your game do you think you need to work on?
I think my speed and agility are definitely at the top of my list for improvement. I am confident that I will be successful at the next level if I can become a little faster and quicker.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My dad has been the most influential person in my development as a lacrosse player. He has been the one person, along with my mom of course that has always been by my side through all the tough times. Also, Joe Carini and Dale Arena, my trainers, have been very influential to me not only as a lacrosse player, but as an athlete.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in this summer?
This summer I played for Andrew DeCicco (the team being DeCicco Lacrosse). Besides playing with DeCicco, I attended Whiz Kids (where Coach Polley saw me play), and the Brine National Lacrosse Classic with the PA team.
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