Jarrett Cook Commits to Mercyhurst University


Name: Jarrett Cook
Position: Midfield
High School/Grad Year: 2015
FCA Team: Varsity Gold

We were able to catch up with Jarrett, recently, and here is what he had to say:

Where and when did you first begin playing lacrosse?

I first began playing lacrosse when I was in third grade and my uncle suggested that I start. I played in the Brighton youth program to start my career.

Why did you choose to attend your college?

I chose Mercyhurst University because of the Intelligence Studies Program that they offer.

What are you looking forward to most at the next level?

I am looking forward to continuing to get better at the game and trying to make everyone around me better as well. I hope that someday I can win a Division II National Championship with Mercyhurst.

What are your future goals beyond college lacrosse?

My goals include being successful when I graduate Mercyhurst in 2019 and hope to some day work for the government to protect out nation in any way they can use me.

Can you provide some insight into your experience with FCA, when did you join the program? How did you hear about the program? What was one of your favorite memories?

This past summer (Summer of 2014) was my first and only year playing in the program but it was definitely a memorable one. The friendships that are made on the team and just playing with all around great guys. I heard about the program from Coach James who was my high school coach and he really spoke highly of the program but I never got interested in it because I had been playing for other club teams. Then I gave it a shot during my last year of summer lacrosse (at the high school level) and it was a blast. My favorite memory that I had in this program was just meeting a whole new group of kids from out of Section Five, our team ranged from Conneticutt to New Hampshire and it was great meeting some different players.

What advice do you have for any future FCA players about the recruitment process?

In order to have a successful recruiting process I would recommend starting very early. Start getting your name out there when you are going into your Freshman year. Coaches love a kid that is taking initiative to play at the next level.

What tournaments did you participate in with FCA? (List all)

I played in the Niagara Lacrosse Classic, the Albany Summer Clash, the Philly Summer Invitational and the Lehigh Laxfest.

What is your greatest strength as a lacrosse player?  What is one part of your game you are focusing on getting better at before attending Mercyhurst?

My greatest strength is finding the open man in tight spaces and catching and shooting quickly. I am going to focus on getting bigger in the weight room and continue to work the wall before I start at Mercyhurst in the fall.

What is your favorite tailgate food?

Going to have to go with Italian Sausage.

Who is one lacrosse player that you have learned a great deal from?

I learned a lot of skills from Coach Joseph Thon who mentored me my Sophomore Year into that summer. He taught my how to dodge a completely different way then I previously had and also taught me how to read a defense when dodging. Now he is doing big things coaching down at ASU!

What other lacrosse clubs have you played for over the years?

I have played for the Rochester Flyers and Blaze Lacrosse Club.

Feel free to include any shout-outs, special thanks

Shoutout to all of my coaches that have taught me this great game of lacrosse throughout my years. A special thanks to Coach James for really guiding me as my recruiting coach and as a man that has helped me since I started at McQuaid my Freshman year, taught me things that I did not know about the game and could not be more blessed! Thanks to my family for helping me through the process and dragging me around to tournaments all of the nation and giving me the opportunity to play!

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