Ty Xanders and Prep Files checks in with Dalton McAfee, a class of 2013 midfielder from St. Sebastian's School who has committed to Notre Dame.
High School: St. Sebastian's School (Needham, Mass.)
Summer '11: Laxachusetts 2013s, King of the Hill Session I and II, Tri-state, Brine Shootout
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 185 lbs.
Stats/Honors: 16g, 11a, 64% faceoff
Other Sports: Hockey
Other Schools Considered: Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Cornell
The commitment process was definitely a roller coaster. It all moved so quickly that I never really got a chance to embrace what was actually happening. I definitely enjoyed visiting schools and getting to know coaches that are great men.
What were the reasons behind making your verbal commitment?
Growing up, I've always been a Notre Dame fan. My father was an All- American football player at the school, so I have had much exposure to the campus over the years. I felt as though ND would give be the most rewarding college experience. Coaches Corrigan and Byrne gave me a strong idea of what it would be like to play for Notre Dame and I want to be a part of that growing culture.
My visit out to ND was incredible. I met with Coach Corrigan early in the morning and got to know one another. I spent time with the senior academic counselor for student-athletes and felt confident that I would have any support that I would need. The new Arlotta Lacrosse Stadium was outstanding. Seeing all of the facilities and getting to know Coach Corrigan better confirmed that Notre Dame was definitely the place for me.
I feel as though my versatility on offense and defense as well as at the face-off X allows me to contribute all over the field.
Every part of my game needs work, however I really need to work on my strength in order to enhance my defensive presence on the field.
Song: "This" by Darius Rucker
Band: Aerosmith (Boston guys)
Clothing Line: Nike
TV Show: That 70s Show
Music: A little of everything
Pro Team: Bruins