Jordan Pakzad, a rising senior defenseman at Corona del Mar, verbally committed to play Division 1 lacrosse for Rutgers University. Pakzad had previously committed to play at St. Joseph’s University. However, his stellar performance at the Under Armour Underclass games garnered the attention of the Rutgers staff, and the lure of playing in the Big 10 proved to be irresistible.
“There were a couple things that attracted me to Rutgers”, Pakzad explained. “One, the coaching staff is amazing. They made me feel very comfortable on my visit, almost as if I was already a part of the team. Secondly, Rutgers is on the up. They have a lot of potential and they are moving forward. They had a tremendous year last year and I know they are
looking to improve upon it. Lastly, being a Big Ten school is awesome. That means big football games, big basketball games, and obviously big lacrosse games. Being able to play against some of best programs in the country at least once year is very exciting. It’s a challenge that not every school gets to have, but being in the Big Ten assures you that
“Switching from St. Joe’s was a very difficult decision for my family and I”, Pakzad added. “St. Joe’s is a great program and they are definitely on the rise. Walking away from that commitment was a very hard thing for me to do.”
The general consensus seems to be that Pakzad continued to work hard on the field and in the weight room after making his initial commitment, and that the hard work showed up in his performance on the recruiting circuit this summer. Devin Arkison, a former 3x All American at Hobart, who trains said of Pakzad: “Physically he’s gotten stronger and faster. As far as the speed he can fly! I always tell people it’s a speed game and Jordan gets that. He works on his own all the time as well, so his stick and shooting have gotten better.”
“As far as intangibles he’s always been extremely intense, and looks forward to big match ups. He’s “Nutz” and that’s a high form of compliment. So since last summer he knows he can dee up anyone and has back east since the summer started. I think Rutgers is perfect. He will fit up tempo style big time! He’s the real deal, and has put the work in since 8th grade to get there!”
Pakzad still has one year of high school lacrosse and that leaves him with some unfinished business to attend to before he heads off to Rutgers. “Well our goal every year since I’ve been at Corona del Mar has been the same”, he explained. “Do whatever it takes to win a Southern Section Championship. Last year we lost in the sectional game which left us with a sense of unfinished business. So I guess you could say that Corona del Mar’s goal this year is to leave it all out there on the field and finish business.”
Beginning with his head coach G.W. Mix, Pakzad want to be sure to think the many coaches who helped him reach this milestone “I would like to give thank yous to the people that helped me get here. I’d like to thank my family for always supporting me no matter what and giving me their unconditional love. G.W. Mix for helping me out through this crazy recruiting process and for all the other things he does for not just me but all the boys. I believe I can speak for all the boys in our program and say that Coach Mix is like a second father figure to all of us. All the CDM coaches, Andy Chalupa, Bobby Hill, Cameron Cole, and Tim Cassi. Devin Arkison who taught me all the insand outs of how to play defense when I first picked up a stick. My personal trainer Karif Byrd. My club coaches Jono Zissi and Nick Gradinger. And most importantly all my teammates who push me to be the best me I can be.