If you’ve been following the reports from our LaxLessons.com Lacrosse Insider newsroom, you know it’s been a busy stretch for commitments from New Jersey.
We now bring you another.
It comes from Blair Academy 2014 attackman Griffin Marcus, who has decided on Division III power Franklin & Marshall, a commitment first reported when it was made on Oct. 1 by Joe Lombardi on Lacrosse Insider.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Marcus is a strong shooter who is effective playing off-ball, but who can also play behind the goal when called upon.
“I have a bigger body, which I use to my advantage,” the righty said. “I think my biggest strength though, is my transition game and my lacrosse IQ.”
Marcus transferred to Blair from Menham High School.
“I transferred from Mendham to Blair Academy for my senior year to get use to smaller classes like the ones at F&M and think this experience will get me ready to handle the academic and athletic workload next fall,” he said.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Griffin on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I knew Franklin & Marshall was the right place for me after my first visit. It’s a great college community and a great academic school. The coaches and players were very friendly and I immediately felt at home. Also, (Franklin & Marshall Head) Coach (Todd) Cavallaro, (Assistant) Coach (Scott) Meehan and (Assistant) Coach (Casey) Kear really explained to me what they want to do with the program and I think I could help them accomplish their goals.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I looked at a ton of schools. D-I’s included Michigan, Vermont, Bryant and Hartford. Once I realized that I would rather play D-III, the schools I considered were Tufts, Dickinson, Union, Bowdoin, Connecticut College, Washington & Lee, Wesleyan and Amherst.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think the part of my game that needs work is my athleticism and my off-hand. I look forward to try to developing these weaknesses into strengths, and I know doing so will help me succeed at the next level.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My dad introduced me to the sport in the second grade. I played for Chester Mendham youth lax. I played almost everything growing up, though, from soccer to baseball and everything in between. In high school, I played football freshman year.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
Over the past two summers I’ve played for Building Blocks Lacrosse. I also attended Good to Great (all-star), Elite 180 (team was runner-up), and Diamond Showcase in 2012.
During the summer of 2013, my BBL team played in NYLA, MVP (Session 2), Best of the Best and FLG in 3d where I was selected as an all-star. I also attended New England Top 150 this past summer.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank the great coaches I had over the years particularly Shelly Sheiner and Ted Gilbreath at Building Blocks. Also, I’d like to thank (Former Mendham High School) Coach (Jeff) Seals at Mendham HS.
The biggest thank you though is to my great parents. Without their support, I would have not accomplished nearly as much as I have.
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