Cornell has not yet made an announcement on a new head coach.
But that hasn’t stopped interim HC Matt Kerwick from continuing to make ground on the recruiting front.
The Big Red have just landed a major verbal commitment to its admissions process.
It comes from beyond the Northeast.
Athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pound midfielder Fleet Wallace from St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va., has decided on Cornell, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The heavily-recruited Wallace, a righty, is a two-way player who also excels on rides and clears and who has outstanding speed. He played travel lacrosse for Amped Lax. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Fleet on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was looking for a school that had a combination of great lacrosse and great academics, and I definitely found that in Cornell.
I loved Ithaca when I visited this winter and can’t wait to get back up there. The coaches and players that I met were awesome and I’m excited to get to work with them.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Princeton, Brown, Richmond, Navy, Virginia and others.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are my ability to play both offense and defense effectively and my ability to make a difference in between the boxes in the riding and clearing game. I use my size and speed to help me on both ends of the field.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on my stick skills in order to fine-tune my offensive game.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I started playing in first grade in our local youth league, Geronimo, and that’s when I was first introduced to lacrosse. I also play football and basketball.
What showcase events did you participate in?
I have attended Nike Blue Chip, Philly Showcase, Brine National Classic, Under Armour and other showcase events.
With club teams I have gone to events such as Crabfeast, King of the Hill, Gait Cup, Champ Camp and others.
Any final thoughts?
I first want to thank my parents for helping me out by supporting me throughout the whole process and going on all of the visits with me. They encouraged me to be persistent and confident. Without their help I wouldn’t be here.
I also want to thank my high school coaches, John Burke and Matt Chriss, for helping me become a better player and helping with my recruitment.
Lastly I’d like to thank all my club coaches who have also been a huge help, in particular Coach Chris Rusbuldt for all of his help and support.
It’s tough getting on D-I coaches’ radars coming from Richmond, but my HS and club coaches really helped me make connections. My school, St. Christopher’s, and my club team, Amped, are both building strong programs and competing at a high level. It is a privilege to play for these organizations and especially for these coaches.
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