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Joe Alberici and the Army Black Knights picked up a commitment in the 2022 class on Friday, as Taft, Conn., defenseman Trey Taylor announce that he would be taking his talents to West Point.
Taylor is the fifth overall commitment and first close defenseman in the class for the Black Knights, joining Gilman, Md., midfielder Chase Brody, Benjamin School, Fla., midfielder Luke Pisani, St. Paul’s, Md., LSM Keegan Tracy, and Culver, Ind., attackman Haydn Sommer.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Taylor is following in the steps of his older brother, Bennett, who was a defenseman for the Black Knights and graduated this past spring. He said he has always looked up to his brother and that him going to Army played apart in him making the same decision.
“Army was my best option in terms of academic reputation, a high level of lacrosse, and the amount of opportunities that the academy creates for you following graduation and service,” Taylor told Lacrosse Bucket.
Head coach Joe Alberici originally contacted Taylor on July 1st, which was when the contact period opens for service academies, and he has had consistent contact with the Black Knights’ staff for the past three months since. Additionally, Taylor has been to West Point multiple times to watch his brother play and has not done a virtual tour due to that fact, but he said he does intend on taking an official whenever things open back up.
While the Coronavirus outbreak greatly impacted the spring and further condensed the summer for the majority of players, the tall and lengthy defender said it didn’t impact him too much from a training perspective. “It was not too difficult to train during COVID in Florida,” Taylor said. “With the loose restrictions, I was still able to workout on the field and in the gym during the quarantine period. It was definitely tough to transition from having barely any team practices to playing in summer tournaments, though.”
Coming into his junior season, Taylor said that he is focused on helping the Rhinos win a title. He also stated that he is working to come into the season as the best athlete he can be.