Jack O'Brien, a midfield and face off specialist from Potomac School (McLean, Va.), has committed to the application process at Princeton.
The junior who plays club lacrosse for MadLax also considered offers from Virginia, Dartmouth and Yale.
ESPNHS: What other schools did you consider?
Jack O’Brien: “UVA, Dartmouth, Yale.”
ESPNHS: What made Princeton such an attractive offer?
JO: “I have always loved Princeton and its great lacrosse tradition and academics, but when I met the coaches and the players I knew Princeton was the right fit for me.”
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
JO: “How quickly things moved from the beginning of the summer tournament season to offers and finalizing a decision. We did not go into the summer thinking we could have a decision in October.”
ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
JO: “Getting to understand the culture of the team was critical to me. It really was not any one question as much as getting a sense of how the players and coaches worked together to give me a sense of what the experience would be like at the school.”
ESPNHS: What advice would you give other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
JO: “Prepare early academically and on the field as things can move quickly. If you are interested in a top academic school, you will need test scores in advance of a commitment. Research the schools that interest you and visit schools early (sophomore year) so you will have a feel for your top choices before the pressure of the summer and decisions are upon you.”
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
JO: “It is such an important decision for the school and players so that could make it stressful. Overall, it wasn't very stressful but that's because in the end I felt very confident in my decision. Don't try to do it alone. My MadLax coaches, Potomac School coaches, my face off coach and my parents were great advisers. It was a team effort to understand and react to opportunities.”
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