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These days, freshmen making verbal commitments to major Division I lacrosse programs is hardly rare.
JP Lannig of Syosset HS (NY) joined that group on Friday when he verballed to the University of Michigan, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
But the attackman did accomplishment a rarity this past spring when he joined Syosset’s varsity team as an eighth-grader.
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Lannig, a righty, is a shifty playmaker who has outstanding field vision, is an adept dodger, sees the field well and has a quick first step. He is shown here on his recruiting visit to Michigan.
Lannig is Michigan head coach John Paul’s second 2018 verbal for the tristate hotspot, joining Irondequoit (NY) midfielder John Lombardi.
Athletic success runs in the Lannig family.
Lannig’s sister, Morgan, senior captain and leading scorer (with 56 points) for Syosset’s girls team, accepted a lacrosse scholarship from to LIU Post. She will be receiving the outstanding female physical education award for Syosset this Tuesday in an award ceremony at Crest Hollow County Club presented by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Now, here’s a Q&A with JP on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose the university of Michigan based on its superior academic reputation and a highly regarded lacrosse program.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Maryland, Ohio State and Lafayette.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are my ability to see the field well, and a quick first step as well as being a skillful dodger. My style of play is a quick accurate shooting attackman.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I believe I need to work on all areas of my game especially my outside shot, and speed as well as my strength.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse at a clinic run by Brian O’Keefe and Peter Ochs. I play soccer and hockey.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for the Long Island Express Terps coached by Mike Chanenchuk. I participated in Jake Reed, the Brine National Tournament and the Philly Showcase.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you get to this point?
I would like to thank my parents for taking me to every event and always being there for me.
Brian O’Keefe, Tom Martello and Tom Rooney for coaching me on the Raiders.
Coach John Calabria for giving me the opportunity to play for the Syosset High School Braves lacrosse program.
I’d also like to thank Syosset Spartans youth coaches Parlo,Daugherty, Roselle and Belmonte.
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