Kevin Corrigan and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish picked up their fifth commitment in the class of 2022 on Tuesday night, as IMG Academy midfielder Ryan Sforzo announced that he would be taking his talents to South Bend, where he will join his older sister, Sydney, who is a freshman women’s tennis player for the Irish. He announced his commitment via Instagram.
Sforzo is the third midfielder in the class thus far, joining Max Busenkell out of Garnet Valley, Pa. and Griffin Grant from Torrey Pines, Calif.
The son of Notre Dame lacrosse alum Christopher Sforzo and tennis alum Terri Vitale, and grandson of ESPN college basketball announcer and personality Dick Vitale, Sforzo says he grew up around Notre Dame and that has always been his dream school.
“Notre Dame has always been dream. My dad played lacrosse there and my mother played tennis so I’ve been wanting to go there for as long as I can remember,” Sforzo said. “I considered many great schools and it was difficult to turn some of them down but when it came down to it, Notre Dame is where I see myself.”
Sforzo, like all other recruits in the class, has not been able to get on campus for an official visit yet. However, he says that he has been there many times for football games and was able to take a virtual tour. He stated that he plans on getting up to South Bend for an official when things do open back.
The 6-foot, 165 pound midfielder is a do- it-all kind of player, possessing the ability to make an impact on both ends of the field. This past season, he helped IMG to a 5-1 record before the season was cancelled. As a freshman in 2019, he helped the Ascenders go 17-4.
A native of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., Sforzo said that this past spring and summer was definitely a lot different. “My spring season was over before it really began and for a while summer lacrosse didn’t seem possible. I have to thank Sweetlax for keeping it together and getting us a pretty normal summer schedule,” Sforzo said.
In addition to playing a somewhat normal summer slate, Sforzo was also able to get in some work in the weight room. “Before we were able to play, training was everyone’s biggest concern. For me, I was able to get in the gym with my trainer Rod Miller…It was a challenge getting used to wearing a mask and social distancing but eventually working on my own became normal and easier.”
When asked about his grandfather and the impact other sports have had on his lacrosse game, he said that his grandfather has been a huge impact on his athletic career and life in general. He also stated that basketball will always be his first love.
“With guys like Pat Spencer you can see the carryover from basketball to lacrosse and I definitely believe that some of that has shaped my game,” Sforzo said.
Coming into his junior year, Sforzo said that he is really looking forward toward his junior spring season. “Right now we have a great group of guys down at IMG Academy…Our program hasn’t been able to pull off an undefeated season yet, but I think this year we have something to prove and are very capable of doing it,” Sforzo said.
Additionally, the midfielder said that he has been very focused on his strength and conditioning so that he can be at the top of his game and ready for the transition from high school to college in a few years.