James Sullivan is a student of the game.

The senior attackman at Chatham High School in New Jersey uses his high lacrosse IQ to find openings on the field that translate into scoring opportunities.

Soon, he hopes to take that formula success to the new level.

Sullivan has verbally committed to the new Division I program at Furman, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Sullivan, a righty, will be heading off to Furman after a PG season in 2015.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
I attended a prospect camp at Furman University and (Head) Coach (Richie) Meade and his coaching staff were amazing. They had so much advice for the players and I admire their knowledge of the game.

Also, as soon as I arrived on campus I felt at home, and from that moment on, I knew Furman was where I wanted to be.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
St. Joseph’s University, Sacred Heart University, Providence College and Roanoke College.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I like to be a student of the game and I have good lacrosse IQ. I keep my head up and I’m a good feeder. I am a hard working player who pays attention to details and rides hard.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on not forcing the ball into the crease. I like to feed the crease and sometimes it is not open.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
When playing for my town recreation program in third grade, my coach, Steve Newes, was really passionate about lacrosse and I fell in love with the game. He taught me a lot and made it fun. Since then, I have not been able to put the stick down.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for the Long Island Sting, run by Coach Ken Miller. We have played in MVP, Under Armour Shootout, Hotbeds and more.

I also played for the New Jersey North-Brine National Lacrosse Team, coached by my high school coach, Tony Calandra, which was a lot of fun and we won the tournament.

Any final thoughts?
I want to start off by thanking Coach Miller. He saw my potential and was extremely supportive. He helped me gain confidence and grow as a player, as well as advising me through the tricky recruiting process. In the end, Coach Miller helped me find a school that is a perfect fit, both academically and athletically.

I would also like to thank my recreation coach, Steve Newes, for coaching me at a young age.

My high school coach, Tony Calandra, has also been very supportive throughout the process.

In addition, I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me along the way.

My family kept me determined to pursue my dream to play college lacrosse.  Lastly, I would like to thank Coach Meade and his staff for this amazing opportunity.

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