(Photo: Michael Amoruso/Instagram)
Greg Raymond and the Hobart Statesmen picked up a commitment in the 2022 class on Thursday, as Don Bosco, N.J., defenseman/LSM Michael Amoruso verbaled to the Statesman.
Amoruso is the fourth commitment in the class for the Statesmen and third from the Garden State, along with Gill St. Bernard’s, N.J., goalie Ellis Wilson and Wayne Valley, N.J., midfielder Collin Rovere.
“Hobart just felt like a home to me,” Amoruso told Lacrosse Bucket. “There’s nothing more I could ask for. It’s right on a beautiful lake, the people there are extremely welcoming, the coaching staff doesn’t get any better, and it’s a great school with an outstanding lacrosse program that I cannot wait to be apart of.”
While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Amoruso was able to get up to Geneva on his own for multiple visits. “I was able to visit Hobart multiple times. The school did a great job of setting up admission tours which gave me the opportunity to get a great experience of what it’s like there on campus.”
The Statesmen were the very first program to reach out to Amoruso on September 1st, which is the first day that college coaches can contact juniors. He said that from there, he was able to form a very good relationship with the staff. “I was very comfortable with all the coaches and they were extremely patient with me throughout the process. When the time came I knew Hobart was the right fit.”
On film, the 5-foot-11, 173-pound junior shows a significant presence in between the boxes, is great off the ground, and in the transition game. He also shows the ability to make an impact on both ends of the field, which is increasingly becoming more beneficial for LSMs at the college level in the shot clock era.
Footwork and physicality are two areas of his game that Amoruso stated he is focused on improving. “I am determined to improve are my footwork and physicality. I feel that I am very good at one on one defense along with transition which is why I am extremely confident at the LSM position.”
Coming into his junior season, Amoruso stated that two of his goals are for his team to do well and have good chemistry, and for himself to be a good leader and help contribute both on and off the field.