(Photo: Ethan Burke/Instagram)
John Tillman and the Maryland Terrapins picked up a 2022 commitment out of the Lone Star State on Tuesday, as Westlake, Texas, attackman Ethan Burke announced that he would be taking his talents to College Park.
Burke is the fourth overall and second midfielder in the class for the Terrapins, joining Catonsville, Md., goalie Brian Ruppel, West Potomac, Md., defenseman George Stamos, St. Joseph’s Prep, Pa., faceoff man Mitch Lloyd, and Paul VI Catholic, Va., midfielder Marco Signorello.
Burke announced his commitment via Instagram.
“I was born in Maryland and spent a large amount of my childhood there and always dreamt of going there,” Burke told Lacrosse Bucket.
The Terrapins originally reached out to Burke on September 1st, which was the first day that college coaches could contact 2022 recruits. Burke stated that he has been in constant communication with the staff through phone calls and had a Zoom meeting with them last week.
A 6-foot-7, 215 pound lefty, Burke tallied 44 points (32G/12A) and helped his Westlake team to a 16-2 record as a freshman in 2019. He helped guide them to a 6-1 record before the season was cancelled in 2020. He was named an All-State selection following his freshman season. This past summer, Burke was selected to the Under Armour All-American Southwest Highlight Team for the Under Armour Underclass Games.
The big attackman says that he feels his game has some Canadian flair to it. “I would say I play more of a Canadian style, using one hand and using my stick skills, and body to score on defenders. I also like to try and shake defenders with my feet and shiftiness.”
While the Coronavirus cancelled the spring 2020 lacrosse season and forced the summer slate to be more compacted for many players, Burke says it hasn’t impacted him too much and that he has just been trying to keep himself in the right mindset. ” I have just tried to focus on getting better and improving whenever possible to reach my goals,” Burke said.
Coming into his junior season, Burke’s main goal is to help lead the Chaparrals to a Texas (THSLL) state title. He stated that he wants to show everyone who the best team in the Lone Star State is.