danielloJohn Jay rising junior Mike Daniello has his pick of virtually  every Division I program.
(File photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)

Today was the first day Division I college coaches could contact high school juniors, and it didn’t take long to see who the most prized recruit in the region is.

Not that there were too many doubts.

It’s John Jay attackman Mike Daniello.

With the day now almost over, I just touched base with Mike.

Here’s what’s cooking.

First off, he’s heard from virtually every coach at all levels of Division I competition.

For now, it appears that three schools — North Carolina, Syracuse and Johns Hopkins — are leading the way in the Mike Daniello Sweepstakes.

“As of now I have gotten e-mails from over 30 D-I  programs,” he said at 10:15 p.m.

So if you were Mike Daniello and could put together a list of virtually any program in the nation as a possible destination, what would your list look like?

While you think about that, let’s take a look at Mike’s list.

Frankly, it’s a pretty impressive one. It includes traditional powers, schools with tremendous facilities and resources and a few in the upper echelon academically — and some that combine all those attributes,

Without further ado, here is Daniello’s list of possible destinations, as of today, Sept. 1:

North Carolina
Johns Hopkins
Notre Dame
Loyola (Md.)

Now of course, some schools are higher on the list than others. I think the order in which Mike listed the schools may provide an indication.

If that doesn’t, this does.

He has just finalized some unofficial visits. Here’s the rundown straight from the source.

“I’m leaving Friday morning and spending the whole weekend at UNC,” Daniello told me.  “Next Friday the 11th I’m spending the weekend at Johns Hopkins.  Then the weekend of Sept. 18, I’ll be at Syracuse.  That’s it for now.”

Be sure to check back for further developments on Daniello’s recruitment as well as developments in the recruiting scene throughout the lower New York State/Greater Fairfield region.

For more on Mike Daniello, check out his recruiting profile by clicking here.

You can get your own recruiting profile by clicking here.

As always, be sure to e-mail me with news/info on any college commitments as they are made to joe@laxlessons.com.

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19 Responses to “Daniello's in demand”

  1. Old Rugger says:

    No weak choices here. Gotta think Brother & Drew a recruiting draw for the Orange and lets not forget Mr. Bates in NJ. Congrats and have fun.

  2. Laximus says:

    Good for him. It will be interesting to see how important academics factors in. Obviously Cuse is going for a third straight national title but it is below the level of Hopkins and to a lesser extent UNC academically.

  3. Jaybird says:

    Sounds like Cuse, UNC and Hip have a leg up but Chris Bates could get in the mix at Princeton especially considering his JJ roots.

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  5. laxxer says:

    All sounds like great opportunities…I doubt Hopkins though since they already have 2 lefty attackmen studs coming in…Zach Palmer from Canada and obviously Ytowns Kevin Interlicchio.

    Mike would fit in great anywhere but I see him playing in the dome!

  6. Lax Novice says:

    Don’s a good man, I wish him well.

  7. Question says:


    Here is a serious question for you. Is it better for a kid to announce all the schools that are interested, or to keep the info confidential until he makes a decision? What do the pros advise?

  8. Joe Lombardi says:

    It really has no impact. College coaches recruit players they think will help their programs. Once their evaluations determine that player has the potential to succeed academically and athletically and they begin to recruit the player, one of the first questions they will ask is, “What other schools are recruiting you?” So they will find that out right away any way.

    But even at that point it’s not too important. Because if the college likes a player who isn’t being recruited heavily, they will be happy he’s flown under the radar and be pleased they found out about him and others didn’t.

    To be honest, many people put far too much importance in the impact things like stats and press clippings — and yes, even blogs and Web sites — have in the recruiting process.

  9. Joe Lombardi says:

    Somers rising senior Katie Marasco is continuing a family tradition of Division I lacrosse competition very much alive.

    Katie told me she has committed to La Salle to play women’s lacrosse, after also drawing interest from Villanova, Siena, Bryant and Drexel.

    She was selected to play for the Hudson Valley team that competed in the U.S. Lacrosse National tournament over Memorial Day weekend.

    Katie’s oldest brother, Matt, is a junior defenseman at Army. Another brother who you also may have heard of, JoJo, is a freshman at Syracuse. The fourth Marasco sibling is Chris, who is a rising freshman attackman at Somers.

  10. sxaxs says:

    Good for him, heard the rye kids are looking into similar schools, i think barton is looking at princeton, georgetown, notre dame, loyola, brown and umbc, heard something about o’callaghan and hopkins, notre dame is also looking at mcreddie, and i know umass is looking at a few rye kids

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  12. SirLaxalot says:

    Throw in Cole McCormack going to Cornell and this begs the question – How did Rye hsve such a bad year and then lose to Put Valley? Coaching??? What does everyone think??

    Also how does Somers with a kid going to Cuse and another to Hop and 5 D– kids lose to Nisky by 10 goals? Also coaching?

  13. […] Hudson Valley player, John Jay attackman Mike Daniello (No. 9 Inside Lacrosse Young Gun Junior). Joe mentions that Daniello is looking at the Blue Jays, Syracuse (where his older brother Chris players) and North Carolina, […]

  14. towny says:

    Anyone heard where the other jay kids or any rye kids are getting recruited by?

  15. slacrosse says:


    My guess is that kids from Jay, Town, Rye and ALL other Section 1 kids that participated in recruiting tournaments this summer and who caught the eye of coaches received Sept 1 preliminary letters of interest. There’s still a long way to go to turn these inquiries into hard-core recruiting interest. Performance this coming Spring and Summer will make the difference.

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  17. HV Lax says:

    Wow. Some great schools for Sect 1 recruits the last two years … Hop, Cuse, UVa, UNC … Why cant any of these teams ever make the state finals let alone win a state title?

  18. […] who has been keeping tabs on Daniello’s status since college coaches have been able to contact high school juniors, reported that Daniello, who led John Jay (N.Y.) in scoring this season, informed both coaches of […]

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