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Syracuse University has been a relative late comer to the brave new world of securing underclass recruiting commitments.
But the Orange have changed all that. Syracuse just picked up its second Class of 2018 tristate commitment to give it two, joining Johns Hopkins for the most among Division I programs. All told, the two programs have combined for half of the eight freshman verbals given from the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for lacrosse, the NY/NJ/CT tristate region.
Both Syracuse commits live within the borders of Westchester County in NY’s Hudson Valley and both play for the Prime Time travel program.
The latest verbal comes from attackman Griffin Gelinas, a native of Bronxville (NY), the home of the defending Class C state champs, who is now a freshman at the Brunswick School (CT). Gelinas’ decision was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-8, 150-pound righty has good quickness, an accurate shot and quick release to go along with his superb stick skills. He also changes directions well.
He was an FLG Tournament all-star, Philly Showcase all-star and selected for the Brine National Classic.
Gelinas’ brother, Jack, a standout on Bronxville’s title-winning team, is a 2016 defender bound for Bucknell.
Griffin Gelinas joins fellow Prime Time 2018 teammate Matt Magnan as SU commits. Magnan became the earliest commit in Syracuse University when he verballed to the Orange two weeks ago.
Gelinas’ commitment follows the decision of another Brunswick standout attackman Alex Buckanavage, a sophomore, who committed to Michigan in July.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Griffin on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose Syracuse because of the rich lacrosse tradition and the amazing academics. I knew from the second I stepped foot on campus, that it was the place for me.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
UVa, Penn State, Georgetown, Maryland, Air Force and Duke.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would describe my style of play as fast and unpredictable. I try to keep my defensemen guessing at all times. My strengths are my explosiveness during dodges, and my time and room shot.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
My left hand.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse in third grade. At the time I was a goalie.
My main reason for playing is because of my brother who also plays and introduced me to the game. I now play lacrosse, football, and basketball.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my entire family, especially my mom and dad for always being so supportive of me.
Also, I would like to thank both Chris and Nick Daniello for always answering my texts, and helping me through out my entire process.
Finally, I would like to thank my (Brunswick) school coach David Bruce for also helping me in my process.
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