The fact that Jared Chiachetti plays football and basketball should tell you plenty about his ability — and potential — as a midfielder in lacrosse.

Chiachetti, who plays for St. Augustine Prep (N.J.), was one of the most heavily recruited players at his position in the Class of 2016. Notice the use of the word “was” in that last sentence.

That’s because, earlier this week, Chiachetti verballed to the University of Maryland, a major commitment reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s “Lacrosse Insider” section.

The 6-foot, 170-pound Chiachetti, a righty who played on the Hermits’ varsity squad for the first time this past spring as a freshman, is a native of Medford, N.J.

“Jared is a strong dodger with great vision,” Hermits coach JC Valore siad. “He added depth and stability to our young midfield in 2013.  He’s a versitale player who will look to use his work ethic to build on his successful freshman season.”

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with Jared on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
Maryland gives me the opportunity to challenge myself both academically and on the lacrosse field. When visiting the campus, I really felt comfortable with (Head) Coach (John) Tillman and his staff and knew it was the place for me.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Penn State and Delaware. I also considered Harvard, Michigan and Ohio State.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Being able to beat my man, seeing the field and confidence in my off-hand shot. I I feel like my lacrosse IQ is a pretty big part of my game.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on my defense so I can be a better two-way middie, and on my shooting accuracy on the run, for it to be more consistent.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Before entering second grade, I tried a local summer lax camp and fell in love the game. The following spring I joined South Jersey Black Storm, a youth travel program where I played through eighth grade. I also play football and basketball.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
In the summer I play for Southshore Lacrosse. I participated in Jake Reed’s Nike Bluechip 2012 & 2013, Under Armour 2016 Uncommitted Team, Baltimore Summer Kickoff All-Star Team, UPLax, Crab Feast and Philly Summer Invitational All-Star Team.

Any final thoughts?
First, I would like to thank my parents for supporting me and helping me achieve my goals. I would like to thank all of my Black Storm coaches who taught me strong fundamental values and team concept. I would like to give a special thanks to my St. Augustine Prep/Southshore Coach JC Valore, for all that he does on and off the field. He constantly raises the bar and challenges me to be better lacrosse player and a better person.

Lastly, I would like to thank Coach Tillman and his staff for giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to being a part of Maryland’s rich lacrosse tradition and excited about competing in the Big Ten.


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