When Jeremy Magno weighed his college choices, there were many factors he considered.
One thing, though, set Air Force apart from the other schools on his short list.
“I loved the idea of giving back to my country by serving,” he said.
The Class of 2016 midfielder at Bergen Catholic High School will be doing just that after giving a verbal commitment to join the Academy.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Magno, a righty, is a lunchpail player who combined strength and speed with an all-out style of player.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Jeremy on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Throughout my recruiting process, I was searching for a school that was renowned for academic excellence, had the ability to be a top 15 team, and would help me succeed in life after graduation.
Once I visited the Air Force Academy and learned more about it, I quickly realized that Air Force met all my criteria and more.
The experiences that I will be able to have at the Academy is something that you cannot get at any other university. Furthermore, (Assistant) Coach (Bill) Wilson assured me that Air Force would be a team to be reckoned with for years to come.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I strongly considered Lehigh, Colgate, and Princeton. I also visited Fairfield, UMass, Penn, Rutgers, Hofstra and Siena.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player are my quickness, strength, and hard-nosed style of play as I am definitely not afraid to get my hands dirty and scoop up a groundball.
Moreover, I pride myself on defense and hustle which separates me from the pack.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
There is definitely room for improvement on my on-the-run shot as well as my shot off a dodge. Also, I believe that one can always improve on stick skills so that is something I definitely will be working on.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse in sixth grade when a teammate on my football team asked me to give lacrosse a try. I decided to try it in the spring and never looked back.
In the past I have played football, baseball, soccer and basketball. Furthermore, I have ran track before.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play with Tri-State and CBL (Bergen Catholic) throughout the fall and summer. As for showcases, I attended National 175, Fab Frosh (all-star) and the Fall Philly Showcase (all-star).
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my parents for supporting me throughout the entire process.
Furthermore, I would also like to thank Coach (Ross) Turco, Coach (MV) Whitlow and Coach (Rodger) Colbert from Tri-State as well as Coach (Joe) Haemmerle from Bergen Catholic.
Lastly, I would like to thank everyone at the Clifton Junior Lacrosse Program for teaching me the sport of lacrosse and helping make me the player I am today.
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