Duke LAX finds gem in the West

The Duke men's lacrosse team is capitalizing on the emerging talent out West, most notably with 2014 Duke commit, Jake Seau of Bishops (San Diego, CA). Seau talks with FOX Sports Next on why he chose Duke and what he will bring to the table inside.

Lacrosse in the West is gaining more and more traction, just ask Jake Seau, a midfielder from Bishops (San Diego, CA).

"It shows that we are here to play," the 2014 Duke commit said. "The West is here. Every team here is good, but I think the West continues to get overlooked."

Seau was one player in the 2014 class that stood out throughout the weekend at the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic at Towson University.

"As far as talent," Seau said, "We have it, it has just taken time. As our players develop, the I.Q. is growing. We've been known to have big, strong athletes, but not necessarily the best. I think we have smashed that."

The son of the late, great Junior Seau, Jack is a physical specimen, who's strength benefitted him against defenders.

The Bishops senior chose Duke over Notre Dame, Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio State.

"I felt like it was a great fit for me academically and athletically," he said. "I wanted to go somewhere where I'm going to get a good education and play big time DI lacrosse."

The 2014 Duke class has been set for about a year now.

"We all visited Duke together last year when the seniors had their officials," Seau said. "The younger class went with them on an unofficial, so I got to meet all the guys in my grade and the grade above me."

For Seau, as soon as he stepped foot on the Duke campus, he knew that this was the place where he wanted to go to continue his collegiate lacrosse career.

"The first time I visited," Seau said, "we went to dinner with the coaches and met some of the guys. I was there for two-three days and I remember after the first night going to the hotel and telling my mom that Duke was it."

He continued, "I wanted to commit on the spot, but I waited until I got home. It was supposed to be a four-day trip, but I called the other coaches to cancel."

With one year left to go in high school, it's full steam ahead for Seau.

"Now it's just preparing and training," he said. "I just want to get there, step on the field and be confident in myself. I want to help the team as much as I can."

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