Timon lacrosse players Jackson Brown (left) and JD Recor sign on to play at the D-I level on Wednesday (Nov. 14) at the high school. (Photo by Michael Straw)
It’s a high school student’s dream — to sign on to play the sport they love at the collegiate level.
For two Bishop Timon-St. Jude students, that dream became reality on Wednesday (Nov. 14).
Seniors Jackson Brown and JD Recor signed their national letters of intent to play Division I lacrosse next year. Brown signed with Hobart College while Recor signed with Marist College.
“I’m excited,” said Brown, who was selected to the All-Metro First Team last year after helping Timon to a repeat Monsignor Martin championship. “It’s a long ways away, but I’m excited to go. It’s nice to know that it’s done.”
Brown said that there were a number of reasons why he chose Hobart, which is located in Geneva.
“I liked the school, I like their schedule, and I like the program,” he said. “I just like the way it’s run.”
Recor, a transfer from Lancaster who plays on attack, said that while the campus was a key reason that he chose Marist, there was an even bigger reason for his decision.
“It just felt like a brotherhood with the team,” he said of his campus and team visits throughout the previous year.
Recor said that it’s like he’s come full circle with lacrosse.
“I started playing in the fifth grade,” he said. “Coming up through high school, you never know [what’s going to happen.] It’s definitely good to still be playing.”
Timon head coach Mike Burke said it makes him happy when he sees quality student-athletes reap the benefits of hard work.
“It’s nice to see the kids that put all the effort in, and all the hard work that they do, get rewarded,” said Burke. “It’s nice to see guys that put in the work and sacrifice have it pay off.”
Burke said it’s rewarding to see players show the determination it takes in order to get a chance to play college lacrosse.
“Instead of going away with friends on a weekend, they’re in the weight room, they’re travelling all over to lacrosse tournaments,” he said. “There’s a lot of sacrifice that goes into the reward that they got in the end.”
Despite them officially signing on to play lacrosse at the next level, both players know that the road doesn’t get any easier.
“It’s a big jump from high school to there [college],” said Brown. “I have to improve, I just have to improve on everything.”