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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Salisbury (Conn.) middie selects UNC

By Mike Loveday

Shane Simpson, Salisbury School
Shane Simpson from Salisbury School (Salisbury, Conn.).
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Salisbury School (Salisbury, Conn.) junior, Shane Simpson, has given a verbal commitment to play men’s lacrosse for North Carolina.

Simpson is a native of Canada and is currently in his first year at Salisbury School.

The 2013 graduate plays midfield and gave his commitment to the Tarheels in July.

Simpson joins fellow Tarheel commits: Brian Balkam from Smithtown East (N.Y.), Luke Goldstock from Niskayuna (N.Y.) and Tate Jozokos from Governor’s Academy (N.H.).

EHS: What other school’s did you consider?

SS: “I also considered Hopkins, Duke, Maryland, Denver, UVa and UMass.  I visited UNC, Duke and Hopkins immediately after Brine because they were the three that I was most interested in and my schedule also allowed me to access them fairly easily.”

EHS: What made UNC such an attractive choice?

SS: “The University of North Carolina not only has one of the best lacrosse programs in the country but it is also a very good academic institution. Seeing that I could succeed both athletically and academically was key. What also steered me towards UNC was the all-around college experience that included other big name sports. Finally and most importantly was the bond I made with the entire coaching staff during the whole process. During my visit, each coach took the time to talk to my family and I about the school. I feel like the bonds made between both Coach [Joe] Breschi and Coach [Pat] Myers will last a very long time which was a huge key in making my decision.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?

SS: “It really surprised me how fast the recruiting process can be. Coach Wynne and I went through this process together and thank God I had him because it was hectic!  He helped me communicate with coaches because at the time I was only a sophomore. But definitely the most surprising thing to me was how fast it can blow up.”

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

SS: “An important question I asked every coach was what their policy was on playing kids in their freshman year.  Both Coach Breschi and Coach Myer's answers impressed me a lot so it made the process a whole lot easier.”EHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?

SS: “My one piece of advice would have to be to play every shift like it's your last because you never know who is watching.  Also, don't be afraid to talk to coaches and introduce yourself because it shows that you are mature which is very attractive to a coach.”

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

SS: “The recruiting process is getting earlier and earlier each year.  If I could change one thing, it would have to be to slow the process down.  It is very tough to make a college decision when you are only a sophomore in high school.  Other than that, I loved the process.”

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