St. Augustine Prep lacrosse players Chase Young and Dean DiSimone didn’t talk much about their respective college recruiting processes.
Each player went on their own visits and talked to different coaches.
By coincidence, the two will end up teammates again in college.
DiSimone and Young each verbally committed to the University of Delaware this week. Each player will receive a full athletic scholarship.
They found the news out via Twitter.
“I saw a bunch of kids congratulating him and congratulating me,” said DiSimone, a junior attack man. “It’s cool to be able to spend another three years playing with him. He’s a good player, and we work well together.”
Hermits coach J.C. Valore called DiSimone, who also considered High Point, Hofstra and Rutgers, a smooth attack man with great vision on the field.
“He played a strong support role last year on a strong offensive team. We fully expect him to have a breakout season this spring,” Valore said.
Meanwhile, Young made the decision early as a sophomore. He received offers from Michigan, Loyola, Colgate and Princeton before giving his verbal commitment to Delaware.
Young, an Egg Harbor Township resident, is a strong midfielder who also excels in the classroom.
“He has benefited greatly from a hard work ethic and the guidance of some talented upperclassmen midfielders,” Valore said. “We expect him to continue to grow into a big role over the next three years.”
Much like they came to the decision separately, DiSimone and Young each have their own reasons for choosing Delaware.
DiSimone liked the campus and the lacrosse team’s coaches. An added bonus is that the campus is 45 minutes away from his West Deptford home, so DiSimone’s parents can attend many of his games.
For Young, it was the balance of academics and athletics that sold him on Delaware. The Blue Hens, who play in the Colonial Athletic Association, went 6-9 last spring but have a promising future under coach Bob Shillinglaw, who has coached Delaware for 34 years.
“It felt right for me,” Young said. “I knew that I would be happy at Delaware.”
Both players are relieved to have the selection process be finished. The recruitment steps were exciting, but hectic.
“It was a good mixture of the two,” Young said.
DiSimone will have two more seasons and Young three with the Hermits. St. Augustine was No. 1 in The Press Elite 11 last spring and reached the state Non-Public A semifinals and finished 14-9 in their first season on an independent schedule.
With their futures set at Delaware, the duo can focus on their current academics, athletics and enjoying the rest of high school.
“It was exciting to sit back and realize you were getting recruited by colleges in high school. That was pretty cool,” DiSimone said.
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