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Rutgers Nabs Corner Canyon Defender Garrett Michaeli

Garrett MichaeliGarrett Michaeli is the latest Corner Canyon player to commit to an NCAA D-I school after selecting Rutgers in mid-December. Garrett will become the second Michaeli to play at the next level since older brother Matt plays for NCAA D-II Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.
Michaeli began playing in 4th grade in the Alta youth program.
“My brother Matt had played for two years already and at the time we were both playing hockey as well,” said Michaeli. “My dad said it was a great compliment to Hockey and I thought it looked like fun.”
Michaeli credits his time with the West Coast Starz as being the most influential during the recruiting process.
“Through all the camps and tournaments that I have been through the thing that helped me get recruited was the West Coast Starz,” said Michaeli. “At West Coast Starz they want you to be recruited and what I personally like about them is that they are real with you. What I mean by that is that they will tell you what you need to work on and they won’t sugar coat anything they will let you know what’s up. I promise they didn’t make me say anything about them, that is how I really feel.”
Throughout the process, Michaeli has looked to his brother who has been there before.
“Growing up I played a lot of different sports like football, hockey and lacrosse,” said Michaeli. “When I was playing all of these sports I didn’t think I was going to go to college for any of them. I knew I wanted to go to college but I didn’t think I would be playing sports in college too. After the years went by I stopped playing hockey and it was just football and lacrosse. I was better at football then I was at lacrosse. But when I switched to D-pole in 8th grade I was more successful at that position then middie which is what I had played since I started. Later when I started high school lacrosse as a freshman and I saw my brother Matt start going through all of the recruiting and seeing him have so much fun with all of it. My brother is my biggest role model. He influenced me to take my lacrosse skills up to the next level. Ever since then I have wanted to play college lacrosse anywhere, but mostly back East.”
Rutgers competes in the Big East conference but will head to the Big Ten in 2015. The Scarlet Knights have had a lacrosse team consistently since 1920, but had a team as early as 1887.
“Honestly I loved everything Rutgers had to offer,” said Michaeli. “I love how they take care of their students. They want you to become successful in whatever you choose to do. Rutgers helps you in every aspect possible. Plus they have over 100 different subjects that you can major in. At Rutgers they make you accountable for your own future there.”
Michaeli offers his advice to players who are choosing a college: “Make sure that the college you choose is the one that you want to go to. Don’t let anyone make your decision for you.”
Michaeli will look to make his mark in the inaugural season for Corner Canyon. The Chargers will open their season on March 4 when they host Park City.

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  1. Awesome. Looks like he and Bullett will both be playing at Rutgers now. Gotta love seeing Utah guys playing beyond high school!

    1. Thank you, sorry for leaving girls out. You are absolutely right. Good to see the level of HS lacrosse rising. The next piece is improving our boys and girls youth players!

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