To say Paul Rasimowicz opened some eyes during the 2013 summer recruiting circuit would be a big understatement.
After all, the Immaculata High School (N.J.) 2015 faceoff midfielder participated in five showcase events and was an all-star in four of them. The one event he didn’t make the all-star game was the D1 Experience, which didn’t have one.
So it should come as no surprise that Rasimowicz had a variety of options when it came to deciding on a Division I destination. He has decided to play close to home by committing to Rutgers University, a decision first reported last week by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Rasimowicz, who plays travel lacrosse for Transition 2015, attended Lehigh Valley Showcase, Super Sophs, MVP 1 in Delaware, Summer Slam,and the D1 Experience. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Rasimowicz, a righty, with good stick skills and quick hands. You can watch his highlight reel here.
He is also an outstanding student, with a 3.7 grade-point average.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Paul on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Rutgers has everything I was looking for in a school. I love the big school atmosphere that Rutgers offers. Rutgers also has excellent academics and a great lacrosse program.
I love the Rutgers coaching staff. (Head) Coach (Brian) Brecht, (Assistant) Coach (Byron) Collins, (Assistant) Coach (Craig) McDonald and (Assistant) Coach (Tim) Robbins really welcomed me to the program, which made me feel comfortable with Rutgers.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited and considered Brown, Lafayette and UPenn.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths would be that I have quick hands, I am good at picking up groundballs, and I have good stick skills.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I could be bigger and faster. I need to work on my secondary moves as well as perfecting my main moves. I could definitely work on my shot and off-hand stick skills.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing lacrosse in second gade when I played for my older brother Danny’s team in a 5th grade indoor league. I scored 3 goals.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank Chris Mattes, who helped me with my technique and with recruiting help. He made the recruiting process a lot easier for me, which meant a lot. Thank you for everything.
I would like to thank (Transition Coach) Patrick Tuohy, who pushed me to lead and be the best possible version of myself.
I would like to thank (Immaculata Coach) Tom Mott, who helped me progress as a player.
I would like to thank my family. Thanks for all of the support.
A special thank you to my mom, who came to all of the tournaments with me and cheered me on the whole time.
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