With Fall Signing Week now one for the books and the Class of 2014’s signed National Letters of Intent now stored at their future college destinations, the classes of 2015 and ’16 are front and center in the spotlight.

But the Class of 2017 is catching up.

The latest verbal by a current freshman was made by midfielder Brian Townsend of Gonzaga College High School, who decided on Michigan after being coveted by many of the nation’s top major Division I programs.

Townsend becomes the first-ever freshman to verbal to the Wolverine’s new program, as reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 5-foot-11, 145-pound Townsend is an athletic player who is effective at dodging and creating a slide.

“My style of play is creating fast breaks and playing upbeat,” he said.

A member of Blackwolf Lacrosse Club, he comepeted at UPLax as well as the Under Armour Shootout and Jake Reed’s Rising Freshman Camp.

Townsend’s sister, Caitlin Townsend, played for Fairfield University from 2009-2013. His brother, Pat Townsend, plays for Marquette and is a red-shirt junior.

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

What were your main factors in your decision?
The quality of the school, the facilities, the program is on the rise, and the chance to spread the game of lacrosse to the Midwest.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered Johns Hopkins, Maryland and Penn State. I visited Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Penn State.

What are of your game do you need to work on?
Groundballs and defensive slides.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports do you play?
My brother and sister have both played Division I lacrosse and I also play basketball.

Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my brother for waking me up every morning at 6:30 in the summer to work out. I would like to thank my parents for having confidence in me, and my sister for working on stick skills with me

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