By K.I. Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/10/14
Highland Park High School (TX) rising sophomore midfielder Jack Kozmetsky has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of North Carolina.
Jack Kozmetsky ledger:
High School: Highland Park High School, Dallas, TX
Graduation Year: 2017
College Choice: University of North Carolina
Club Affiliation: C2C Lacrosse
Major lacrosse honors: NSCLA Select Showcase, Baltimore Summer Kickoff 2016/2017 All-Star Team, Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip.
Academic honors, service projects: Presidential Service Award for 100+ hours of community service (Freshman year); Highland Park High School Freshman Mentor; raised over $3,000 for Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Clothes Closet; member of Young Men’s Service League (Highland Park Chapter)
What will you major in/study? Classics or History
Why did you choose UNC? “I chose UNC because of the great academics, amazing college atmosphere, awesome athletic facilities and the chance to compete for a National Championship. The UNC campus feels like home to me and I really like Coach (Joe) Breschi’s coaching philosophy of “Family, Academics, Lacrosse.” Carolina felt like the right place for me ever since I first set foot on campus.”
What are your thoughts on this past HS lacrosse season/team’s outlook for next season? “Last year, many of our senior starters suffered injuries but the juniors and underclassmen really stepped up and we still made it to the final four in the State playoffs. Many players saw a lot of action last year who will be this year’s starters. With strong leadership from the senior class I have no doubt we will go to the State championship game.”
Thank You: “I want to thank my first lacrosse coach, John Graham, for introducing me to the game. I also want to thank C2C Founder, John Marano for teaching me the skills to be a better lacrosse player and for the great memories and friendships with all of my C2C teammates since 4th grade. My C2C Coaches Kevin Barnicle, Thomas Wood and Andy Pons have been invaluable during the recruiting process and have tremendously helped increase my lacrosse IQ. I would not be where I am today without Davey Leach, my friend and mentor, who encouraged me to aim for Division I and who continues to push me to be my best on and off the field. I want to thank my Highland Park Coaches Derek & Ross Thomson and Chris Van Dorn for all of the instruction, support and for believing in me. I am blessed with an incredible family – thank you Mom, Dad, Claire & Will!”
Other schools considered: Maryland, Virginia, Notre Dame, Bucknell, Ohio State
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