Ty Schuldt became the first Yorktown Husker in the Class of 2011 to commit to a college last week when he gave a verbal commitment to accept a scholarship offer from the University of Hartford.
Those of you who check our “Recruiting review and commitment rundown” each day got the news as it happened. Today, we conducted a Q&A with Ty on his college choice.
We expect another D-I commitment to come from a Yorktown player shortly, so stay tuned for that.
But first, here’s the Q&A with Ty, a standout midfielder who will also be a key member of the Yorktown football team, along with fellow laxer Justin Mabus, who is also a Division I recruit.
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Hartford?
Hartford had everything that I was looking for — a great business school with an insurance major, the right size and distance from home and a lacrosse program that plays in a great conference. They are an up-and-coming young team with great potential, and as long as I work hard, I feel I can be an impact player right away. I had been talking with (Head) Coach (Peter) Lawrence and (Assistant) Coach (Jon) Basti for a while and they are really great guys. Then at Top 205, Coach Basti was my coach and I really liked his style of coaching.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited Loyola, Towson, Fairfield and St. John’s and spoke to a lot of other coaches. I had it narrowed down to St. John’s and Hartford for a while.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I think it will be important for me to continue to work hard off the field. I know that my senior year in high school, with football, lifting and lacrosse, will all contribute to my readiness for the next level as well.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strength is that I am a good two way middie and I am also a very versatile player. I think that my speed is very important too because it helps me create offense and dodge effectively.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
That is a really tough question coming out of Yorktown. I looked up to so many players starting from my cousin, Joe Roberta (98), and my brother Gary (04), who were out there playing with me and teaching me stuff, since I was three to all the great players that came out of Yorktown. I really look up to all the guys that graduated in 09 and appreciate how they taught me the ropes and treated me like their little brother.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the D-I level?
When I made varsity as a sophomore and we started practicing and I was out there with Ranagan on the same middie line, that was amazing. Then the games started and I saw that I could actually play on a team that was ranked in the top ten in the nation. As we moved on through the playoffs and the competition got tougher and I was able to contribute, that’s when I thought that I could play at the D-I level.