Josh Oliver first started playing lacrosse as a youngster because his father thought it would be something he could do during the summer.

Nine years later, Oliver has parlayed his lacrosse skills into a college scholarship.

The attackman, a Canadian native now attending the Vermont Academy, signed a National Letter of Intent last week to attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

Oliver, a strong finisher and dodger, has the kind of size Division I coaches now crave in attackmen.

He’s 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. Oliver, who has a quick release and his powerful shot, is a dangerous scorer from both just outside the crease and from the perimeter as you can see in his highlight tape.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Josh on his commitment to QU:

What were the main factors in your decision?
Once I stepped on the Q’s campus, it just felt right, coach (Eric) Fekete made me feel at home right away and he is the kind of guy who wants to bring QU to the NCAA tournament and win the NEC, which is something I want to accomplish in the four years I will be there.

As anyone who has seen Quinnipiac can tell you, the facilities are first rate and everything is brand new which was awesome. The guys were great, too. It was just the right fit for me and my family to choose Quinnipiac.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I had a long college recruiting process and had looks from a lot of schools. Some schools that gave me interest were Sacred Heart, UNC, Vermont, Manhattan and Mount St. Mary’s — to name a few.

I didn’t do much on the visiting side of things as my parents were pretty far away as you can imagine, but I visited Manhattan College and it was a great time and obviously Quinnipiac, which blew me away at first sight.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I think that I’m a good finisher anywhere around the net and I like to dodge from the wings on my defenders and get physical with them, force them to outbody me or outskill me to stop me from getting to the cage or getting a shot.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse in Canada and when did you decided to play in the U.S.?
My father introduced me to lacrosse just as something to do in the summer when I was a younger kid and once I fell in love with the game and we realized that I would have a chance to get a scholarship out of playing the game we decided, it was a good decision to go to prep school and play in the USA.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I think it was after my first showcase tournament in the U.S.  and college coaches started to talk to me. Up until then I really had no idea what it would take or if people would like my style of play, but it all worked out perfectly.

What were some of the big summer showcase events you’ve competed in the last couple of years and how did you do at them?
I played with the Top Gun Fighting Clams for the past two summers and Justin Walker, our coach, brought us to a lot of great tournaments.

But throughout my recruiting journey, I would have to say that Canada Top 100 (run by Brodie Merrill) was my favorite one, tons of coaches and great competition and it was just the icing on the cake to be in the all-star game.

* For more on Josh, including his highlight film, check out his player profile by clicking here.

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