It’s been quite a week for the Class of 2017.
The number of verbal commitments by current freshmen in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region, has doubled.
If you were with us Sunday morning on our Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section, you learned from Joe Lombardi that Connor DeSimone of Smithtown East High School on Long Island verballed to Johns Hopkins Saturday evening.
There are now four Class of 2017 commits from the tristate. At this point last week, there were two.
The first Class of 2017 verbal commitment, for both the entire nation and the tristate, was made on Sept. 29, 2013 by Bronxville High School midfielder Ara Atayan, who decided on North Carolina.
DeSimone is Hopkins’ first 2017 tristate commit and second freshman verbal overall, joining attackman Joe Robertson of St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.).
DeSimone is also the first freshman boys lacrosse player in the history of the Smithtown Central School District (including national powers Smithtown East and Smithtown West) to verbally commit. The 5-foot-8, 155-pound DeSimone, a righty, is an outstanding athlete with a strong outside shot and excellent field vision. He mainly plays midfield, but also plays some attack. You can watch his highlight reel here.
DeSimone, who is also an outstanding student, is a member of the National Honor Society.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Connor on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was really impressed by the school itself and of course the school’s tradition in lacrosse and after talking to the players I met on campus I knew it was right for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I’m a good shooter and have good lacrosse IQ.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My dad (Joseph DeSimone) owns Lacrosse Unlimited, so my family has grown up with lacrosse.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for the Tenacious Turtles. We have been together since fourth grade and have played almost everywhere.
Any final thoughts?
I have to thank all my family, my teammates and my coaches, especially (Tenacious Turtles) Coach (George) Powers, who has really inspired me to play my best.
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