(Photo Courtesy of Saint Joseph Regional)
Bill McCutcheon and the Wagner Seahawks picked up a commitment in the 2022 class on Friday night, as Saint Joseph Regional, N.J., defenseman/LSM Nico Kross announced that he would be taking his talents to Staten Island.
According to the Lacrosse Bucket Recruiting Database, he is the first commitment in the class for the Seahawks.
“Wagner just truly made a tough decision easy for me, Kross told Lacrosse Bucket. “Coach Billy (McCutcheon) and Coach Marc (Zolchonock) were extremely personable and made me feel as wanted as possible. I also can see the potential this team has in up and coming years.”
While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Kross has been able to take a virtual tour of campus with the coaching staff. He also mentioned that he has been to Staten Island with his father living there, and he has, at least, driven past Wagner before.
The Seahawks initially reached out to Kross on September 1st, which is the first day that college coaches can contact juniors.
As a freshman in 2019, Kross recorded 38 ground balls, caused 18 turnovers, and two assists while helping the Green Knights to a 12-6 record and quarterfinal appearance. He was named the NJ.com top freshman in the state.
14 months removed from ACL surgery, the 5-foot-9, 168-pound junior with a nose for the ball and a heavy transition presence says that his main goals is improve his speed and strength. He also said he wants to polish up his game on the defensive end more. “I think I would like to sharpen up my skills in all areas of defense and begin to get more comfortable covering offensive players anywhere on the field.”
Coming into his junior season, Kross said that he wants to make sure that his team is connecting as a family. “Ever since my freshmen year the upperclassmen have made everyone feel at home and compete at a high level, so now it is my turn to do the same.”