The junior at Greenwich High School (Conn.) is an aggressive player who has good footwork.
Nail has helped the Cardinals win eight of their first 10 games, allowing five or less goals in half their games.
Last week, Nail decided on his college destination, giving a verbal commitment to the College of Holy Cross.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Jack on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Holy Cross is a fantastic fit both academically and athletically. The school is renowned for its academics and reputation for producing successful graduates which really impacted my decision. (Head) Coach (Jim) Morrissey is a great guy and an even better coach. When I visited I could see myself playing under him and helping the program get to the next level. Coach Morrissey is in the process of building a great lacrosse program and I wanted to be a part of it.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited several schools and strongly considered Colgate, Villanova, Lafayette, Dartmouth, Marquette and Amherst.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My physicality. I play hard, cause turnovers and get it out in transition. Another one of my strengths is my feet. I am a shutdown defender and enjoy the challenge of playing against top attackmen. I would describe my style of play as upbeat and aggressive.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
One specific area of my game I need to work on is my positioning. My off-ball defense could also use some work. That being said I need to work every aspect of my game in order to continue being successful in high school and at the next level.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Lacrosse has always been a popular sport in our town. I started playing travel in fifth grade. I want to say thanks to Coach (Craig) Wingrove, my first travel coach, for getting me really excited about the sport. He was awesome. I also want to say thanks to Coach (Pat) Coleman who runs the GYL. He is a great guy and believed in me to help me reach my potential.
Also, Coach (Jeff) Brameier for his help and support when I was on the Chargers.
Most importantly thanks to my high school coach, Scott Bulkley. He has believed in me, helped me become a better lacrosse player, and has been a huge support throughout this process.
I played football up until last year, and I grew up playing competitive basketball which I still do recreationally.
What travel team did you play on last summer and what showcase events did you participate in?
Last summer I played for the Chelsea-Piers Lacrosse Club (CP LAX) under Coach (Mike) Epstein from Brien McMahon. Some of the events our team participated in were King of the Hill and Tri-State.
Over the summer, I also played at Blue Chip 225 Elite, where I was an all-star and the National Invite 175. In the fall I played at the Philly Showcase where I was an All-Star. This winter I made the All-New England south team at the Brine All-America tryouts.
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