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Exeter's Cosgrove commits to Colgate

Phillips Exeter and Gunnery line up for a face-off in the 2014 Exeter Invitational.
Phillips Exeter and Gunnery line up for a face-off in the 2014 Exeter Invitational.

Phillips Exeter left defenseman Trevor Cosgrove verbally committed to play college hockey at Colgate University on Sunday. The '97 senior was a key cog on Dana Barbin's blue line last winter as the Big Red raced out to the number one seed in the NEPSIHA Elite 8 Tournament.

Cosgrove has a decent first pivot with good mobility. He's steady defensively and has a good, active stick. He is good on gap control and makes a lot of good poke checks to knock the puck away from opposing forwards barreling down on him. He was very solid for Dan Ronan's NEFPHL Selects at the Tier 1 Labor Day Face-Off.

Cosgrove could report to Hamilton, NY to begin playing for Don Vaughan's Raiders as early as next fall, but he would probably be better served playing a year of junior hockey first. Providence was another school that offered him, but neither school offered any financial package on the hockey side. A very good student, he will get a nice academic package at Colgate.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.