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Fall 2014 Signing Week has been front and center here since this past Wednesday, when seniors first could sign their NLIs.
That doesn’t mean there haven’t been plenty of big verbals from non-seniors as those of you with us on our Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section are well aware.
A big sophomore verbal, first reported by Joe Lombardi on Insider, came from New Jersey where Christian Brothers Academy (attackman Nick Casner has decided on Siena.
It’s a huge get for the Saints. Casner, after all, made the all-star game at the Maverik Showtime National Lacrosse Recruiting Spotlight in July.
Casner, who plays for Team United NJ 2017 Black, also performed well at Capital Challenge Showcase.
The 5-foot-8, 145-pound Casner, a righty, is an explosive dodger who has good speed and is strong with both hands.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Nick on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was looking for a great academic school that would challenge me on and off the lacrosse field. The coaching staff and team were very welcoming on my visit and really made me feel very comfortable.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Cornell, Colgate, UMBC, Hobart, Providence and Rutgers.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are my speed and my ability to dodge with my left and right hand. I would describe my style of play as explosive. I like to initiate my dodges behind the net and keep my head up, looking for the open man and if the opportunity presents itself I will take the shot.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I can always improve my game skills. I will keep working on my explosiveness and change of direction and shot selection.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you get to this point?
I would like to thank my parents for all their support. Also, my club coaches, Steve Carcaterra and Dave Zoni, for teaching me everything I know about lacrosse.
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