Downingtown East (Pa.) junior chooses Hofstra

Brandyn O'Connell from Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) with his club team, the Duke's Lacrosse Club. Courtesy O'Connell Family/ESPNHS

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Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) junior Brandyn O'Connell has verbally committed to play men's lacrosse for Hofstra University.

O'Connell plays club lacrosse for Philadelphia based team, the Dukes One Lacrosse Club. The 2013 graduate scored 36 goals and added 24 assists last season and earned First Team All-Chesmont League.

Hofstra was one of sixteen teams in the NCAA National tournament this past spring.

ESPN High School: What other school’s did you consider?

Brandyn O’Connell: “Delaware, Maryland, Penn State, Drexel, Notre Dame, Ohio State.”

EHS: What made Hofstra such an attractive choice?

BO: “The coaching staff, teams consistent national ranking, the facilities, plus the overall academic options that school has to offer in addition to the geography and atmosphere of the campus.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?

BO: “How quick it can be, and how early players started making verbal commitments.”

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

BO: “What type and how is the academic support for their players.”

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

BO: “Start the process early (at the start of your sophomore year if not sooner) keep in constant contact and communicate with all coaches throughout the process.”

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

BO: “That no player can make a verbal commitment to any college until the middle of their junior year like December 1. I would like to see a national verbal commitment day. That would give players more time to visit more schools in addition eliminate the pressure of being forced to commit to a school out of fear that the scholarship money is running out.”

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