SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – After leading the Raiders to a 20-2-2 record and a Union County Tournament title in 2015, Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s varsity soccer captain Jake Longo committed to Rutgers University on Thursday.
Lettering as a freshman, Longo went 4-for-4 in Union County Final appearances as a Raider, likening his career to a fairy tale.
“I always had the dream of being a Division I athlete, but I didn’t know it’d be a reality until this year,” he said.
The six-foot defender recorded seven goals and six assists at Scotch Plains-Fanwood, finishing with a career record of 77-15-4. With Longo at the defensive helm, the Raiders posted 48 shutouts and allowed 68 goals since 2012.
Longo was an All-Regional All-American and made first team All-State through the NSCAA. He was also voted one of the top five soccer players in the state in 2015.
“It was an unbelievable experience," he said. "Coming in as a freshman, it was humbling to play with two All-Americans – Colin Stripling and James Murphy. It’s the best team I’ve ever been on with two of the best coaches ever – Coach Breznitsky and Coach Mortarulo. They’ve given me the tools and the coaching what I need to know for the next level. The rich history of sports in Scotch Plains has given me the motivation to work hard.”
According to Longo, NJIT, TCNJ, and Vassar topped the list of college soccer programs he was considering before choosing Rutgers University last week.
Under Big Ten Coach of the Year Dan Donigan, the Scarlet Knights finished 12-7-2 season in 2015, and will compete in the program’s third season amidst the Big Ten Conference.
"I’ve been going to Mike Olim, he’s a bit of a fitness guru. He’s getting me bigger, stronger faster, eating healthier, and doing technical work on the side,” Longo said. “I’m just really excited to wear the Scarlet Red.”