Smithtown East (N.Y.) defender to Penn State

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Smithtown East (Smithtown, N.Y.) junior defenseman Peter Triolo has verbally committed to play men's lacrosse at Penn State.

Triolo becomes the seventh player to confirm his Penn State commitment to ESPNHS. He joins Eli Lasda, Billy Lombardi, Lucas Maloney, Nick Mazza, James Rainer and Mike Sutton. Triolo is the first defenseman to commit to the Nittany Lions.

Triolo was the Defensive MVP for Smithtown East last season and has been selected as one of the Captains for the 2012 squad.

Penn State is a Division I program located in University Park, Pa, and plays in the Big 10 Conference.

ESPN High School: What other schools did you consider?

Peter Triolo: “I considered attending UMASS, Fairfield, Maryland, Albany, Hofstra & Army (West Point).”

EHS: What made Penn State an attractive choice?

PT: “I was totally impressed with the coaching staff and facilities. The coaches are building an outstanding program that I look forward to being a part of and the facilities are one of the best in the country. Also, Penn State offers a wide variety of academic majors.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process:

PT: “How quickly everything happened. It feels like I just started looking at schools and at 15/16 years old you are making decisions that will effect the rest of your life.”

EHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?

PT: “My parents would always ask what kind of academic resources were available to student athletes. I would ask how many defensemen are you looking to recruit and where do I stand.”

EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?

PT: “I would tell them to not get caught up in what everyone else is doing. The recruiting process is different for everyone. Someone might know immediately what school they want and for others it takes a little longer. Also, don't go by what other kids say. Go visit the schools and be open minded. You may not think you are interested in a particular school but after taking a tour and meeting the staff, you may be surprised by what learn. Lastly, I would tell them to make sure they are working hard in the classroom as well as on the lacrosse field. Your grades are just as important as your stats.”

EHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?

PT: “It would be great if college coaches could reach out to you earlier if they are interested in you. I think it is easier to travel over the summer looking at schools and meeting coaches opposed to traveling during the school year. For me, when Sept 1 hit, I was so busy with SAT prep, school work and fall sports that it was next to impossible to schedule any visits. If college coaches could contact you earlier, you could co-ordinate your college visits around your summer lax tournament schedule rather than during 11th grade, one of the most stressful years of high school.”

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