bburnsIt’s more than 300 miles between Smithtown East High School (N.Y.) and Penn State University.

But the lacrosse programs at those respective places are narrowing that gap very quickly.

Bobby Burns, a freshman midfielder, became the latest Smithtown East standout to verbally commit to Penn State.

Gerard Arceri, a sophomore faceoff specialist, became Penn State’s first Class of 2016 commit back in July.

Both commitments were first reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 5-foot-9 Burns, a lefty, is a two-way player with tremendous stick skills and shooting ability. A three-sport standout for the Bulls, he also plays football and basketball.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Bobby on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
A top 10 division 1 school that holds high academic standards.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Ohio State and Maryland. Penn State was the only school I visited.

recruiting_updateWhat are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Stick handling, groundballs, shooting and defense. Fast, transition style of play.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
Overall strength.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
My cousin influenced me to play.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played on the Gladiators and currently play on my high school travel team. 3D Blue Chip and Hot Beds.

Any final thoughts?
My parents have helped me a lot a through the whole process. It’s been a great experience.

Coming soon only on Lacrosse Insider:

Joe Lombardi takes a look at 10 tristate varsity standouts who will be impact players at the college level

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