MJ Melillo is a playmaking defenseman.

“My biggest strength I would say is my ability to pick up groundballs and make a good play with the ball,” said the defenseman/longstick midfielder.

Melillo was a member of the Delbarton (N.J.) varsity squad as a sophomore this past season. After two more seasons with the Green Wave, he’ll be heading off to the University of Michigan, a commitment reported on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section on Oct. 6.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound lefty is a strong position defender who is active, especially off the ball, and an unselfish team player.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
Main factors in my decision were going to a high academic university with a lacrosse program that I know is going to have great potential to compete in the NCAA Lacrosse regular and post-season.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also visited Notre Dame and UNC and considered Providence, Bucknell and Air Force.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to improve my footwork and my one-on-one play above GLE.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse because my friends were playing it and I thought it look like a fun sport, I thought right.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play club for Patriot Lacrosse and showcases that I have been to include Bluechip, Blackcard and other smaller camps.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my high school coaches — Coach (Chuck) Ruebling, Coach (Matt) Kovachik, Coach (Steven) Coffey and Coach (Craig) Fleishman — and all my friends and family for their support.

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