Calvert Hall freshman attackman J.T. Bugliosi has committed orally to play men's lacrosse at Ohio State, becoming the first Baltimore-area player from the class of 2017 to give a commitment.
Bugliosi plays club for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2017 team and recently participated in the Fall Terrapin Classic and UPLax. He also played for the Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association.
This is Ohio State's first announced oral commitment for its 2017 class.
Several organizations within the sport have criticized the recruiting of underclassmen, but the trend shows no signs of slowing. In fact, it's speeding up. According to Inside Lacrosse, Bugliosi is the 10th player in his class to choose a college before ever playing a high school game.
Bugliosi's commitment comes just over a year after Johns Hopkins landed the first freshman commitment in the sport's history, from attackman Forry Smith of Haverford School in Havertown, Pa. Last year, the second freshman commitment for the 2016 class was not reported until mid-December.
“I chose Ohio State because academics are very important to me, and Ohio State is an outstanding academic institution with one of the top business schools in the country," Bugliosi told TopLaxRecruits.com. "The lacrosse program is quickly becoming a national power and is ready to consistently compete for Big Ten and national championships. I really had a great connection with the coaching staff especially [head] coach [Nick] Myers and [associate head] coach [Dave] Dobbins. It was obvious to me that they care about their players as students, people and lacrosse players. Ohio State gives me the chance to have the full college experience; the facilities are second to none and will provide me every opportunity to become the best player possible. I knew that I wanted to be a Buckeye as soon as I visited. I feel that Ohio State will make me the best person, student and lacrosse player that I can be.”
Sun staff reports contributed.