Lucas Jackson is not only efficient when it comes to getting groundballs, but handling the ball once he gets it.
“I can run an offense off a clear or break, and I can play solid defense when behind the cage at X, regardless of the size of my opponent,” he said.
It’s those attributes, along with good size and field vision and a high lacrosse IQ, that made the junior at Staples High School (Conn.) a target recruit of many Division I and elite Division III programs.
Jackson has given a verbal commitment to Loyola University, a decision reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Jackson, a lefty, is Loyola’s fourth tristate 2015 commit. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Lucas on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The coaches and guys on the team were great and the facilities are unreal, plus I couldn’t have found a better fit academically for me. The school just felt right.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
For me it was either play D-I at Loyola or play in the NESCAC for a D-III program. I went to Boston U and Delaware just to see the campuses, but if I didn’t go to Loyola, schools like Hamilton, Tufts, or Franklin and Marshall were my next choices. I had already visited Hamilton and Tufts and really liked them, but Loyola totally took the cake.
How would you describe your style of play?
I’m a good one-on-one defender, but I like to lead a defense and be an aggressive defender as much as possible. I basically try to make attackman not want to dodge me.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
My work on defending the corners/left and right of the cage. My defense at X is good, but I need to be work on keeping the attackman behind GLE (goal-line extended) as much as possible. Mainly just better vertical quickness.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced in 2nd grade but quit. Then I joined back up in 4th grade and played goalie and attack until eighth grade, when I got moved to defense. I played football as a little kid and up till sophomore year was a defensive end, linebacker, tight end, and kicker.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I used to play for the Connecticut Chargers 2014 Blue, but I’m playing for Eclipse Lacrosse Club, run by Chip Buzzeo and Jamie Hanford, this coming summer.
Any final thoughts?
Mainly my parents and Massimo Tullio, who drove me to hell and back, visiting colleges, prospect days and tournaments. Also Jamie Hanford who helped me over the past year with my skills and recruiting advice. Finally, Jon Zames, who got me in the current shape I’m in now, and who is still trying to make me even faster/stronger.
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