Justin Guterding, a 2013 attacker from Garden City, has given a verbal commitment to play men’s lacrosse for Duke.
Guterding is the third Warrior 40 alumni to commitment to college in the past week.
Wilkins Dismuke committed to Johns Hopkins and Oliver Saffery committed to Gettysburg in the last week.
ESPNHS spoke with Guterding about his commitment.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Justin Guterding: “Some other schools I was considering were UPenn, Notre Dame, Princeton, Harvard, and North Carolina.”
ESPNHS: What made Duke such an attractive choice?
JG: “There is nothing not to love about Duke. The campus is breathtaking, the coaches act as father figures to you, and everyone seems to get what it takes to be number one and achieve that goal of winning a national championship. Most importantly of course is the education. Duke lacrosse takes grades more seriously then the lacrosse part and it is kind of like everyone's job to do well in the classroom. You don't want to be the guy on the team who is bringing down the team average so everyone pushes each other to keep getting that average up.
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
JG: “One thing that really surprised me about the recruiting process is the way Duke ran it. They have the kids they want written down and if they get them then that's great. If they don't get him however, they do not go out to look for another guy. Other schools however, if they don't get who they want, they look for another guy to replace him. Just another reason I had a good feeling about Duke.”
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
JG: “A major piece of advice is if you are calling a coach and he doesn't answer the first time, call again and again. You are not bothering them -- they just aren't allowed to call back. You just have to make sure they know that you want it. Another important thing of course is always grades. Just get them up as high as you possibly can and you shouldn't have any problems.”
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
JG: “I would change the part about not having the coaches being allowed to call you back. It is kind of unfair to the kids and might discourage them a little bit being like maybe this coach doesn't want to talk to me or something like that. Other then that I think it is pretty fair the way it is.”