By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/17/11
Malvern Prep sophomore defenseman/LSM Greg Pelton has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Duke University. He is the first Philly sophomore to publicly give a commitment to a Division I college.
Greg Pelton log:
High school: Malvern Prep
Graduation year: 2014
College choice: Duke
Club affiliation: ManUp
Lacrosse honors: Inside Lacrosse Rising Sophomore Young Gun No. 7 pick and top defenseman; Philly Showcase Gait Fab 40 All-Star, 2011; Nike Blue Chip Camp, Top 205 Camp; member of Malvern Prep team that finished second in the Inter-Ac League and Inter-Ac Invitational after one-goal loss to national champion Haverford School in finals.
Academic honors: First honors every quarter at Malvern Prep
Intended major: Leaning toward Business
Why did you choose Duke? “I chose Duke because it’s always been my dream school. Once I was able to visit the campus I knew it was the place I wanted to be. It’s a great academic school that will open a lot of doors for me. Talking to coaches made me feel comfortable. The chance to compete for a national title is always exciting.”
Also considered: Notre Dame, Penn State, Princeton.
HS outlook for 2012 season: “That last game last year is a motivator for us. With our captains and upperclassmen and coach (David) Metzbower and how he prepares us, I know we’ll have a lot of success. We’ll push for an Inter-Ac championship. We’ll have a great defense and our offense has come along. We want to make an impact nationally.”
Other comments: “I want to thank coach Metzbower and my club coach, Jim Schorn, for helping me through the (recruiting) process. I also want to thank my family for sticking with me and offering support through the whole process.”
Other info: Pelton’s commitment to coach John Danowski’s Blue Devils follows a recent trend of sophomore commits around the country. Already, Inside Lacrosse has reported that 30 other sophomores have committed to Division I programs. Duke also has received a commitment from defenseman Jack Harrington of Greenwich (CT).
Malvern Prep connection at Duke: Former Friars at Duke include junior defenseman Billy Conners and sophomore defenseman Henry Lobb.
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