Now, here’s a look at another player who made his verbal commitment official by signing an NLI.

John O’Connor, a lefty midfielder for the Salisbury School in Connecticut, is bound for the University of Delaware.

A strong two-way player, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound O’Connor has exceptional speed and good stick skills. The Canton, N.Y., native, who is also a soccer and hockey standout, came to Salisbury after attending H.C. Williams Senior High School.

Now, here’s a Q&A with John on his choice:

What were the main factors in your decision?
The main factor was really where I felt most comfortable and what school I felt fit me.  After leaving Delaware and speaking with Coach (Bob) Shillinglaw, I really felt that the University of Delaware was somewhere I was going to be happy and succeed not only in lacrosse but also in the classroom.  Delaware has a beautiful campus and a wide variety of majors for me to pick from.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Hobart, Holy Cross, Colgate, Middlebury and St. Lawrence and I visited Hobart, Colgate and St. Lawrence.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Speed is my main strength. I like to play a fast-paced, physical game, getting the ball up and down the field and playing the body whenever I get the chance defensively.

What areas of your game do you think you need to improve on?
I want to improve the accuracy of my shot coming out of a dodge on the run.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
When I came to Salisbury School.  In years beforehand, I had always seen myself as more of a hockey player but in coming to Salisbury I realized my sport was lacrosse and this was something I could really excel in and we the help of my coach here, Bobby Wynne, we made the idea of me playing in college possible.

What were some of the big summer showcase events you’ve competed in the last couple of years and how did you do?
The past few summers I’ve played with a team from Salisbury at the Brine Shootout which we have done very well at and also this last summer I played in the National Lacrosse Classic with Team New England where we lost in the semifinals.

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

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