Nov. 20, 2012
In the 12th entry in the question and answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, Josh Stauffer, a former Lawrenceville School (N.J.) and Benjamin School (Fla.) standout is featured. Stauffer led his Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) team to back-to-back state championships with 124 points (2010) and 132 points (2011), was fourth in the nation in assists for a high school player and was named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American. He spent a year as a post-graduate at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J. prior to his arrival in Ann Arbor.
On transitioning from high school to Division I college lacrosse ...
"It's definitely very demanding both on and off the field. I would say having come through the post-graduate year at Lawrenceville has made the transition a lot easier, since the program there is run a lot like a Division I program in terms of the time commitment and talent level.
On what drew him to the University of Michigan...
"There's no other school with this kind of academic reputation, tradition in the athletic program and school spirit. When I was looking at schools, I tried to list the pros and cons of each one, and although it's a little colder here than Florida, I couldn't find one thing I didn't like about this place."
On being part of Michigan's first lacrosse recruiting class ...
"I'm just excited to be a part of this program as it takes off. This program has so much support and the athletic program has such a storied tradition. It's really a privilege to be able to wear the block M every day.
You played with a lot of Division I talent at the Benjamin School. What was that like and how will it help you in the future?
"All of the other D-1 commits from Benjamin are younger than me, so it was always fun to play with a lot of young, talented, hungry kids. Whereas Lawrenceville sends kids D-I every year, Benjamin had never sent anyone until my two buddies and I committed within a few weeks of each other. Because of that, we never really got too caught up with where we would end up, but rather just kind of played. Regardless of where we are now, I know we all still pride ourselves on playing that way and having fun on the field."
You had some good options coming out of high school. What were the main factors in electing to take the post-grad year?
"I never really considered a post-graduate year until March of my senior year. My dad went to Lawrenceville, so I thought it would be cool to go up and look at the school with him. I thought about it for a few weeks and figured that I really had nothing to lose by taking the post-graduate year. It gave me an extra summer on the recruiting circuit, but more importantly, I knew it would give me an extra year to develop physically and academically before college. It ended up being an incredible experience and I couldn't be happier that I did it."
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