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Central's Lauria says JU his kind of place

Everything at Jacksonville University just seemed to fit for Brandon Lauria.

The campus is the right size, the school is in a good location and he got the offer he wanted.

That's all it took for Lauria to commit orally to run cross country and track for the Dolphins _ the perfect scenario.

"I went up there last weekend, and Jacksonville just felt the right place for me," Lauria said Wednesday after finishing a workout on Central's track. "It's a small college, about 2,500 students, the money was really good and they're Division I. It was just the perfect place for me."

Lauria can not officially sign to attend Jacksonville until signing day, April 9.

Lauria also said first-year coach Steve Curran played a big role in his decision, as did the chance to run with former Bears athlete Nick Sauler, who is competing in his freshman year.

Lauria, who along with senior Joe O'Donnell, led Central to its first state cross-country championship in November, said he probably will run No. 2 on the cross-country team and will compete in the 800 and 1500 meters in track.

O'Donnell is expected to decide next weekwhere he will attend school, with his choices narrowed to Jacksonville, Mercy College in New York and Brevard Community College.

"They're really building the program up, up there," Lauria said. "New facilities and a new coach. It's just a good situation."

Lauria holds the Central record in the 800, and the school retired his and O'Donnell's jerseys after the cross-country season. As a junior, he set the Central soccer season record for goals.