We told you on Monday that Ohio State landed a commitment from Bayport-Blue Point attackman Brian Ward.

Well, chalk up another one for the Buckeyes.

And it also happens to be a junior standout from Long Island.

Cold Spring Harbor’s Allen Winkoff will be joining his friend Brian Ward in Columbus.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Winkoff, a throwback midfielder, is a good athlete who excels on faceoffs and ground balls.

He was selected to play in the Maverik Showtime National Recruiting Spotlight all-star game each of the last two years.

Here’s a Q&A with Allen on his commitment:

What were the main factors in your decision to attend Ohio State?
There were many. When I first set foot on campus, I knew it was the place for me. Ohio State has a great academic support program, which made me feel very comfortable.

I couldn’t ask more from (Head) Coach (Nick) Myers, (Assistant Coach Dave) Dobbins and (Assistant Coach Andrew) Baxter. They were great to my family and I. Another factor is the athletic facilities. It’s just another thing that was very impressive at Ohio State.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
UPenn, Johns Hopkins, Fairfield, Bucknell, Michigan, Navy and Cornell. I have visited Upenn, Johns Hopkins, Fairfield, and Michigan.

What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
The speed of the game.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My ability to face off as well as playing midfield. Playing all over the field, on defense along with the offensive half. I would describe my style of play as a dual-threat player.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
Playing college lacrosse has always been a dream of mine since playing as a young kid. I felt I had the potential going into my freshman season making the varsity team.

* For more info on Allen, check out his player profile by clicking here.

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