'The Bachelorette' finalist from Roslyn

Roslyn's J.P. Rosenbaum is considered the front-runner on

Roslyn's J.P. Rosenbaum is considered the front-runner on ABC's "The Bachelorette" on ABC (Credit: ABC)

So what is J.P. Rosenbaum really like?

We recently caught up with a few folks who knew "The Bachelorette" finalist back in the day -- when the Roslyn native was a star lacrosse player at Herricks High School and was named "best looking" in the class of 1995.

Doug Greco, who went to Herricks with Rosenbaum and played lacrosse with him from sixth to 12th grade, describes Rosenbaum as "a super-nice guy." (Greco and Rosenbaum were named to Newsday's 1995 all-county and all-conference high-school lacrosse squads, respectively.)

"You can't get any nicer than J.P.," says Greco, 33, of Merrick. "We were really good friends, especially the first few years of high school. We reconnected on Facebook about a year ago."

Greco, however, was not aware that his former teammate was going to be on the popular prime-time show until he got an email from a mutual friend.

"I was really surprised. Who would have thought he would have ended up on 'The Bachelorette'?" says Greco who remembers his friend as being a definite ladies' man who always had a girlfriend.

Now that his friend is on national television, Greco is tuning in.

"I think he is doing really well. Watching the last episode or two, I definitely think he is a shoo-in. I am ready to invite them to come over for a barbecue to celebrate their engagement!"

Eric Welles, 27, who lives in Manhattan but grew up on Rosenbaum's block and played hockey with him after school, calls him a "good dude." "I was the young kid who played goalie and I looked up to the older guys -- mostly J.P. I've watched the show a couple of times. I think it's hysterical that he is on the show."

Amy Singer, 34, of Great Neck, who has known Rosenbaum since he was 3, is rooting for her childhood friend. "J.P. is a sweetheart. He has a lovely family."

Asked whether she thinks Ashley Hebert is a good choice for her pal, Singer replies: "Ashley seems like a smart girl. If she picked J.P., then she made a great choice. I have known J.P.'s family forever. Ashley would be so lucky to get in-laws like that!" Rosenbaum's parents, Peter and Ilene, still live in Roslyn and were prominently featured in the recent "hometown date" episode of "The Bachelorette."

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