Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.) junior attacker Sam Jaffe has verbally committed to play women's lacrosse for William & Mary.
Jaffe was selected to represent the South team at the 2011 Under Armour Underclassmen games last summer.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Sam Jaffe: "When considering a college, I quickly realized that I had to think about what I wanted to study and where I wanted to live. At first I considered staying in Florida since Jacksonville and The University of Florida were recruiting me. However, as a New Jersey native I really missed the seasons. I visited Stony Brook in New York and William and Mary in Virginia."
ESPNHS: What made William & Mary such an attractive choice?
SJ: "The College of William and Mary was my choice because of its academic and athletic excellence. The coach, Brook Ireland, treated me well and she was amazing with the team. William and Mary is one of the few public Ivy Leagues in the country so I knew that I would get the best education. The lacrosse team worked hard and they were very happy. "One Tribe One Family" was the feeling at William and Mary."
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
SJ: "My biggest surprise about the recruiting process was how early it all started during my sophomore year. Luckily, I narrowed down my choices quickly, visited the schools I liked and was able to make a decision early. I had a lot of help from my club and high school coaches along the way."
ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
SJ: "I had many questions prepared for when I met with college coaches. For me, the most important question was about how I would fit in with the team. I live to play lacrosse and I wanted to be with people who share the same commitment."
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
SJ: "My advice to other student athletes is to start visiting colleges early. The process is so fast and smooth the more prepared you are. Always have your list of questions ready when you have your one-on-one with a coach."
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
SJ: "I had a very positive recruiting process. My family was with me 100 percent when I needed support. My club coach, Paul Mccord, guided me the whole way and my high school coach, Chris Claussen, taught me to believe in myself. Having people like that decreases the stress of the recruiting process."
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