Yorktown’s first two Division I commitments for the Class of 2011 came the last few days as you learned here in real time as it happened on our “Recruiting review and commitment rundown” thread.
And the two players who made those college choices, Ty Schuldt and Justin Mabus, are very familiar with each other, having played football and lacrosse together since childhood.
But after one more year with the Huskers, they’ll be going their separate ways.
Schuldt will be heading to Hartford. Mabus, as we told you earlier this week, decided on Towson.
Though Mabus, an athletic midfielder with good size, will not be teammates with Schuldt at the next level, he will be reunited at Towson with former Yorktown all-America defenseman John Fennessy.
Here’s a Q&A we just completed with Justin on his decision:
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Towson?
Once I stepped on Towson’s campus, I loved it there. Not only was I comfortable, but I saw myself going there.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
My decision was between Towson and Delaware. But I also visited St. John’s, Fairfield, West Point, Hartford and a couple others.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I will have to get used to the difference in play, my new teammates and the style.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I guess I could say I love the transition part. I’m not really sure to be honest. I just play and try not to think.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
I looked up to (John) Ranagan, K.I. (Kevin Interlicchio), Fenn (John Fennessy), Rocky B. (Bonitatibus), Tom Interlicchio and all the top Yorktown players.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the D-I level?
When I started as sophomore on Ranagan’s line and with K.I. at attack and all of our defense that is playing at the next level.
You and Ty Schuldt have played together in lax, football — and also basketball — for a while. Are you happy that you both wound up committing to D-I schools within a few days of each other?
To be honest, I never thought of it that way. But yes I’m happy even though it’s going to be weird considering we play every sport together and we’re usually on the same team. So it will be weird without him.