Jack Warmolts, a junior goalie from Upper Arlington (Upper Arlington, Ohio) has verbally committed to the Air Force Academy.
As a sophomore starting goalie, Warmolts helped the Golden Bears to a 16-2 record.
Last year, Warmolts earned MSLCA Midwest Defensive Player of the Tournament, OHSLA All-Ohio First team honors.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Jack Warmolts: “I considered Ohio State, Fairfield and Lehigh.”
ESPNHS: What made Air Force such an attractive choice?
JW: “Air Force was an attractive choice for many reasons, first and foremost was the coaching staff, I really liked the coaches honesty and integrity. Another reason is academically Air Force is tough to beat - it is one of the top schools in the nation and sets you up for success. I have always wanted to join the military and serve my country. The opportunity to attend the Air Force Academy was one that I could not pass up. It has a great location, great lacrosse and great academics.”
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
JW: “What surprised me was how fast it started but even more so by the stress that I felt during the process. It is an awesome stress to have without a doubt, but I needed to make sure I chose the right place since I was making a decision that will effect my future for a long time to come.”
ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
JW: “The most important question I asked had to do with the culture of the schools. I asked this because I was deciding between an Academy versus a regular college experience. For my parents and for myself, I needed to learn what made each school unique and what the advantages and disadvantages were.”
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
JW: “My one piece of advice would be to be proactive in your recruiting process, you need to be your own best advocate.”
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
JW: “Commiting early on is great because I know where I will be going, but I wish that the process could start later. It is challenging making a decision that will determine your future as a 17-year old kid.”
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