It was quite a week for Syracuse University when it comes to the Class of 2016.
For starters, as we first reported on Lacrosse Insider special coverage section, ‘Cuse got its first 2016 commit when Smithtown West High School (N.Y.) midfielder Dan Varello verballed to SU.
The Orange ended the week by picking up another commit from a rising sophomore midfielder: Jamie Trimboli of Greece Athena High School in upstate New York.
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Trimboli, who plays on the Sweetlax travel program, is coming off a breakout summer in which he enjoyed a strong performances at Maverik Showtime Lacrosse National Recruiting Spotlight.
An outstanding outside shooter, Trimboli’s shot has been clocked at 96 miles per hour. He is also a strong dodger, on-the-run shooter and transition player.
A righty, Trimboli is an excellent athlete who was a two-way starter at quarterback and safety on Grace Athena’s JV football team.
Also a gifted student, he carries a 98.5 grade average.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Syracuse is a great team with great coaches. I’ll receive a great education. It is close to home and they made a great offer.
What other schools were you considering?
I also considered UNC, Harvard and Ohio State.
What schools did you visit?
I visited Syracuse, UNC and Duke and we were planning visits to Harvard and Ohio State, but SU was always my No. 1 choice, and when they made me a great offer, I had to take it.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Everything, because you can always improve your skills and become a better player.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
Coach Anthony Bianchi started the very first lacrosse youth team in Greece (Aquinas Youth) around 10 years ago. He asked me to play on his third/fourth grade team when I was in second grade. I made the starting lineup and loved the game ever since.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank Coach Bianchi for introducing me to the great sport of lacrosse. Also, all of my youth coaches, Mike Perotto, John Lombardi, Pat Olbrich, Lex Strong and John D’Arpino; Coach Mike Riorden; my indoor coaches, Dan Merola and Jeff Coke; Coach Mike Perotto for introducing me to the greatest coach ever, Kevin Martin from Sweetlax.
I also want to thank my friends and teammates, my whole family especially, my older brother Joey who has been playing lacrosse with me in the backyard or basement almost everyday since I was in second grade.
Lastly, thank you to (Syracuse Head) Coach (John) Desko and (Syracuse Associate Head) Coach (Lelan) Rogers for giving me this great opportunity. It is a dream come true.
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