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With the growth in participation and increase in parity in New Jersey lacrosse, Princeton University knows it has a fertile recruiting ground right in its own backyard.

Though the 2015 Princeton roster is filled with players from the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for lacrosse, the NY/NJ/CT tristate region, it has just two from the Garden State.

That trend is changing.

The latest example comes from Ocean County in NJ where New Egypt HS Class of 2017 faceoff midfielder Kyle Prouty committed to the admissions process at Princeton, a decision first reported when it was made earlier this week by Joe Lombardi on’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.

Prouty’s decision means Princeton’s first official 2017 verbal from the tristate hotspot is from New Jersey.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound righty is a physical, aggressive and hard-nosed FOGO with a high lacrosse IQ.

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

What were the main factors in your decision?
First and foremost the academic offerings at Princeton. You don’t get the opportunity of such an amazing education at many other schools.

Also, a huge part of it was the coaching staff. (Princeton Head) Coach (Chris) Bates, (Assistant Coach Dylan) Sheridan, (Assistant Coach Matt) Madalon and (Assistant Coach Chris) Cooper made me feel right at home and that I’m going to be a part of a tradition like no other.

I really liked the fact that the location of Princeton is not too far from my home. The campus is beautiful and I really liked the size of the school.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Schools that I was considering were Princeton, Notre Dame, Villanova, Cornell, Georgetown, Penn State, Delaware, Hofstra, Fairfield, Rutgers, and Sacred Heart.

The schools that I visited were Princeton, Notre Dame, Villanova, Penn State and Delaware.

kprouty2What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I have a good lacrosse IQ. As a faceoff guy, I always have to be aware of wing play, and what takes place over the course of the faceoff, and my lacrosse IQ helps with that.

Also, I am a very hard worker, and when it comes to wanting to win, I will put my whole heart into it.

I can either be a finesse player, with quick hands and footwork, or a grinder, where I have to work that little bit harder to gain possession of the ball for my team.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think that there is always going to be areas in my game that I will need to work on. Most importantly though, it is the technique of my faceoff, footwork, and hand speed as well as being smart and not panicking in a battle for the ball. Also, the bettering of my stick skills can always help.

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 8.32.20 PMHow did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse by a really close friend back in 5th grade. He switched over to it from baseball and I was really interested. In the sixth grade I began playing Lacrosse, and by 8th grade I picked up on faceoffs.
Other sports I have played are football, and basketball.

What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Leading Edge Elite.

I participated in the Faceoff Academy National showcase, Under Armour Boys Underclass 2017 uncommitted game, and the Boys NXT Philly Showcase.

I will be attending the Faceoff Academy National Showcase again this December, as well as Maverick Showtime this upcoming summer.

Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you get to this point?
First, I’d like to thank my parents because without them, I would not be where I am today. My mom, Michele, and my dad, Andrew, have given constant support, and guidance and it has led me to become who I am and I can’t thank them enough. They have invested so much of their time on me for lacrosse and it has really helped me prosper.

I’d like to thank my little brother, Conner for always pushing me to do my best and sticking to my side.

A huge thanks to Greg Gurenlian, Chris Mattes, and Jerry Ragonese of The Face Off Academy. They have helped me till no end to get to where I am as a faceoff athlete, and taken their personal time to help me understand both the recruiting, and academic process to ensure that I will be successful.

I’d like to thank my club coach, Chris Roy for all the help through the recruiting process and really opening my eyes to what elite lacrosse is. Also, coach Malfa for the help on the field.

Last, I want to thank my teammates from my early years of lacrosse to where I am now.

I must stay on top of my grades and continue to play to the best of my ability.

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