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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Culver Academy (Ind.) junior to Princeton

By Mike Loveday

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Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.) junior Zach Currier has given a verbal commitment to play men’s lacrosse for Princeton.

Currier totaled 53 points on 28 assists and 25 goals last season.

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

Zach Currier: “I visited Johns Hopkins, Virginia and Notre Dame before Princeton and I was very interested in those three schools as well.”

EHS: What made Princeton such an attractive choice?

ZC: “It came down to the fact that Princeton is one of the top academic schools in the nation and it could meet all my needs and expectations. I was looking for a small school that was easy to navigate and the Princeton campus was perfect for me. It had the right mix between academics and athletics and I couldn't see myself going anywhere else after my visit. It has a great history and its lacrosse program competes with the top teams in the NCAA year in and year out.”

EHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?

ZC: “The recruiting process surprised me as to how fast it really happens. I never had any real exposure to Division I programs until the start of last year when I came to Culver. Before that I had been playing lacrosse in Canada (mostly box) and had no idea how to get recruited by schools in the US. I expected it to take at least a year or two before I would be able to speak with coaches about post-secondary opportunities, but I was wrong. I received my first letter just months after arriving on campus and by November I had already spoken with four or five Division I programs. It took less than 10 months for me to arrive on campus, play a season of lacrosse, visit schools that I was interested in and eventually commit to the school that I thought would suit me best.”

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

ZC: “The most important question I asked coaches had to do with academics. I was concerned with what SAT scores and how high my grades would have to be in order to be accepted at their prospective schools. I didn't want to commit to a school that I wouldn't be able to get into.”

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

ZC: “Enjoy it. It goes by quickly and it'll be over before you know it. There is no need to rush things and the last thing you want to do is choose a school that you end up regretting a few months after.”

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