St. Viator sophomore midfielder Elijah Black has committed to The Ohio State Buckeyes lacrosse team after an outstanding performance at their prospects camp.
A three-sport athlete (football and wrestling), Black is the first class of 2019 lacrosse prospect in the state of Illinois to commit to a division one program. He is the fourth player in the brief history of Viator’s lacrosse program to commit to a D-1 program.
Black had an outstanding freshman year for the Lions, notching 22 goals and 6 assists for a squad that finished third in the IHLSA Class A.
A Mundelein native, he also plays running back for the Lions football team and had a terrific freshman wrestling campaign.
“I think Elijah has some incredible God-given gifts but his work ethic and competitive nature are just as special,” said Lions coach Bill Sanford. “He, and his parents Juneal and Ken, have made a lot of sacrifices to get to this point.
“As he gets older, I believe Elijah will be a leader within all of the programs at St. Viator.
“What I like most about him is that he knows he can be an impact guy in any given competition, but he is humble and coachable. He reminds me of Cole Kmet (Viator tight end on the football team who is committed to Notre Dame) in that way. I also think Ohio State is a great fit for Elijah as he has a lot of family in the state of Ohio that will undoubtedly come to see him play.
“I am looking forward to seeing him prosper the next few years and with his talented teammates beside him, helping Viator remain one of the top lacrosse teams in the state of Illinois and across the Midwest.”