(Photo: Dylan Farley/Instagram)
Head coach Gerry Byrne and the Harvard Crimson landed a commitment in the 2021 class on Wednesday night, as Westminster, Ga. faceoff man Dylan Farley flipped to the Crimson from DIII Williams. Farley initially committed to the NESCAC school in early July.
Farley is the the 13th commitment in the class for the Crimson and the second at the faceoff position, joining Andre DeGennaro out of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. The Peach State product announced his commitment via social media.
“Harvard gave me the best of both worlds,” Farley told Lacrosse Bucket. “The academics are second to none and I know I will be playing at the highest level possible. Coach Byrne and the rest of the staff really took their time in the recruiting process and allowed me to take in as much of Harvard as possible. I also have family close to campus so it will be convenient for my family to get up to campus to watch me play. It has everything I could want…he’s (Byrne) is building something special up in Boston and I knew I wanted to be part of that.”
Farley hasn’t been able to get up to Cambridge for an official visit just yet due to Coronavirus but plans to do so as soon as he can. He also stated that he has been up to the area before and has taken a virtual tour of the campus.
Harvard offensive assistant and faceoff coordinator was the first to make contact with Farley this summer and has been a main point of contact throughout his recruitment. “Coach Corrigan first reached out to me at the end of July, on my eighteenth birthday which was an awesome surprise. We’ve been in pretty frequent talks since then,” said Farley.
Rated as a three-star by Inside Lacrosse, Farley went 99-for-122 (81%) at the dot and tallied 11 points (9G/2A) this past spring while helping Westminster to a 5-1 record before the season was cancelled. In 2019, he went 76% at the dot and helped lead the Wildcats to a GHSA 1A-5A state championship.
While this past year has been different, Farley said he was still able to train and work on his craft as usual. “Luckily for me, I was able to train every day with some great faceoff guys in my area. UMBC starting Fogo Alex Poma, PLL Atlas’ (Stephen) Bones Kelly, PLL Chrome’s Hunter Forbes, and Navy commit Michael Paul Thomas,” Farley said. “They really helped me get familiar with the new standup faceoff rules so by the time we had our first tournament I was 100% ready to go.”
In addition to the lacrosse side of his game, Farley stated that he was also able to work on his body during the quarantine. “I also was able to put on some weight and size during quarantine…I was in the best shape I had ever been in when we finally got back onto the field.”
Coming into his senior year, Farley said that he is excited to get back on the field and get working towards the goals that he and his team have. “We won state in our last full season and are looking to defend that title this year. I’m hoping to break the Georgia high school faceoff win record this spring, but at the end of the day, I want to go out on top with another ring.”