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If you want to know what sets apart Evan Malgier from other longstick standout, it’s got to be the fact that the first word that comes up when describing his skills is downright offensive.
That’s because the Class of 2018 standout at St. Augustine Prep (NJ) is as offensive-minded a longstick midfielder as you’ll find. Here, there, anywhere.
Malgier decided where he will take his unique brand of playing his position at the next level, verbally committing to Ohio State University earlier this week, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Malgier, a righty, is an athlete and skilled LSM who is dangerous in the open field and who has a high lacrosse IQ.
Malgier, who plays for Southshore Lacrosse in the summer, enjoyed a strong showing at Jake Reed Nike Bluechip Camp at UMBC. He was also at the B’More Showcase at Johns Hopkins University.
He is the Buckeyes’ first 2018 tristate verbal.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Evan on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I felt that OSU had a lot to offer, academically and, of course, athletically. The campus itself blew me away and seeing the Buckeye tradition amongst the students was awesome.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited OSU and Fairfield University. Other schools I talked to/considered were Duke, Penn State, Delaware, Rutgers and Providence.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I am heavily offensive minded LSM. I am very athletic and has strong lacrosse IQ. As a LSM, I can put the ball in the back of the net on many occasions.
This summer I had the most goals on my summer team as a LSM. I can play both sides of the field with no problem.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
The areas of my game I need work on would probably be my timing of checks. I am a very energetic and aggressive LSM and by timing my checks right I can cause more turnovers for my team.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing lacrosse in fifth grade and got introduced to it by a few friends. I fell in love with the sport ever since. Other sports I played were football, wrestling, ice hockey and soccer.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I would like to thank my parents for their support and all they have done for me. I would also like to thank my coach, JC Valore, for helping me through the recruiting process.
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