Loyola All-Metro lacrosse defender Ricky Schultz committed Thursday night to play for perennial NCAA power Princeton and has been asked by coach Bill Tierney to apply for early decision.
Ivy League programs do not give athletic scholarships, but highly recruited athletes often are asked to apply for early decision. The deadline for early-decision applications is Nov. 1. Applicants hear by mid-December.
Princeton won a fierce battle with Duke, where many observers figured Schultz would attend, and which the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder said had made him a rare, near-full scholarship offer.
Schultz is listed as the nation's No. 1 defensive recruit by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. And the Blue Devils are known for recruiting rugged, physical players.
"I've always felt Princeton was the place for me," Schultz said. "Plus they're recruiting a bunch of good guys this year, so I think we'll end up being pretty good."
Princeton has won three of the past four NCAA titles.
Schultz said he turned down a full scholarship offer from North Carolina and a partial scholarship from Virginia. Schultz declined Carolina's offer two weeks ago after canceling visits to Johns Hopkins and Georgetown three weeks ago.