Recruiting Notebook: Winners From The First Month of The Contact Period

(Photo Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics)

It has been one month since the September 1st date, which marked the opening of the contact period between 2022’s and college coaches (outside of the service academies who could start contacting 2022 recruits on July 1st). And in this first month of recruitment for juniors there has been a lot of action.

While it is still very early, multiple schools have been able to assert themselves ahead of the pack.

Here is a look at some of the winners from the first month of recruitment for 2022s:

Syracuse

There is no denying that Syracuse hit a hot streak during September. The Orange simply struck gold, or at least the equivalant of it on the lacrosse field at the high school level.

Consensus No. 1 player in the nation Joey Spallina, who is ranked as such by Inside Lacrosse and NLF, chose the Orange over Loyola, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia. Son of Stony Brook Women’s head coach and New York Lizards GM Joe Spallina, the Mount Siani, N.Y., attackman has been a name to know for some years now and boasted one of the most high-profile and intriguing recruitments the sport has ever seen.

A natural born electrifying playmaker, Spallina looks to have all the tools, despite his size, to compete and be a star at the next level. He has already been promised the famed No. 22 jersey upon arrival at Syracuse.

Spallina’s commitment to Syracuse was directly preceded by that of Carthage, N.Y., midfielder Carter Kempney, who is rated as a five-star by Inside Lacrosse, a day prior and followed by the commitments of Allentown, Pa., defenseman Chuck Kuczynski and Oxbridge, Fla., defenseman George Wandoff. Both are rated as four-stars by IL.

With all four commitments coming within a three-day stretch, as well the commitment of New Hampton, N.H., goalie Jimmy McCool late the week prior and Notre Dame, Pa., faceoff man Gavin Gibbs committing later that same week, it was a huge haul for the Orange in a week’s notice. They also grabbed Loyola Blakefield, Md., defenseman Billy Dwan, who is rated as a five-star prospect by IL late the next week.

Notre Dame

At the time of writing this, the Irish have the No. 1 class in the 2022 cycle, per Inside Lacrosse, with 10 guys in the boat.

Niskayuna, N.Y., attackman Brock Behrman, who is ranked as the No. 9 player in the class by IL, pulled the trigger on the Irish in the first week of the contact period. A coaches son, Behrman came onto the scene strong with a 91-point (38G/53A) freshman campaign in 2019. Standing 5-foot-8, his speed and shiftiness are very apparent on film. He is currently joined in the class by another standout attackman in Jeremy Hopsicker out of Westminster School, Conn., who is a craft finisher and has a big, hard shot, as well as Buckingham Browne & Nicholas School, Mass., midfielder Thomas Porell.

The Irish have also received commitments from a multiple standouts on the defensive end as well, including Culver, Ind., goalie Colin Vickrey, St. Thomas, Minn., defenseman Jackson Carver, and Wilton, Conn., defenseman Jake Sommer. All three are highly-touted and Carver and Sommer have the build and raw skill of prototypical Notre Dame defenseman.

Whatever Kevin Corrigan and the Fighting Irish are cooking up has drawn a ton of talent to South Bend early in process. And while it is still early, one has to wonder how much more talent they will draw in the coming weeks and months ahead.

North Carolina

The Tar Heels picked up the first commitment in the class since the contact period opened up, and it doesn’t seem to appear that Joe Breschi and his staff have slowed down one bit. They currently have the No. 3 class in the 2022 cycle, per Inside Lacrosse.

North Carolina currently has seven guys in the boat in this class, including Gonzaga, D.C., attackman James Matan and Torrey Pines, Calif., midfielder Tayden Bultman. Both are rated as five-stars by IL.

Early in the month they were able to grab one of the top faceoff men in the Tar Heel State and the South overall in George Kalos out of Hough, N.C. Kalos went 54-for-67 (81%) at the dot and added one goal and one assist in three games this past season. He came onto the scene strong as a freshman, going 293-for-389 (75%) at the dot in 18 contest while helping to lead his team to a 16-2 record and an NCHSAA 4A quarterfinals appearance.

The Tar Heels really struck gold late in the month of September when they landed Boy’s Latin, Md., defenseman and attackman Nick and Dom Pietramala. The son’s of former Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala, the twins have lacrosse in their veins and have been, somewhat, in the spotlight for sometime. Dom is ranked as the No. 2 player in the class, per Inside Lacrosse, and chose North Carolina over Denver, Penn State, and Syracuse.

Virginia

Lars Tiffany and the defending champion (can you still say that?) Virginia Cavaliers have had a ton of success in the first month of the contact period.

With seven guys currently committed, the class is highlighted by Manhassett, N.Y., midfielder Joey Terenzi, Calvert Hall, Md., attackman Truitt Sunderland, and Georgetown Prep, D.C., faceoff man Mac Eldridge. All three are rated as five-star prospects by Inside Lacrosse and look to have the ability to make immediate impacts at the college level.

Ridgefield, Conn., attackman Ryan Colsey, McDonogh, Md., defenseman Malchi Jones, and Gilman, Md., goalie Kyle Morris, and Riverside, Va., defenseman John Schroter are also in the boat for the Cavaliers at the moment.

Harvard

There is no doubt that Harvard has been one of the most impressive Ivy League programs on the recruiting trail during this past month. The Crimson have picked up four commitments in the class, including two players who are rated as five-stars by Inside Lacrosse.

St. Andrew’s School, Fla., LSM Sean Jordan highlights this class for the Crimson. Drawing comparisons to Virginia’s Jared Conners, Jordan is seen as not only the best player from Florida in the class, but the best player from the South among 2022s. He is downright dangerous in a multitude of ways on defense and has the ability to kill you in transition.

Harvard also got a commitment from highly-touted Culver, Ind., goalie Adam Blind in the class. Also, in the 2021 class they flipped one of the Peach State’s best in Westminster, Ga., faceoff man Dylan Farley.

Georgetown

Through the first month of the contact period, Kevin Warne and the Georgetown Hoyas have seemed to do nothing but stack talent. And while they don’t already have a pretty big class like some other programs, they have reeled in some absolute ballers.

Calvert Hall, Md., midfielder Jordan Wray and Brunswick School, Conn., attackman Henry Caponiti are the two biggest gets for the Hoyas, thus far. Both are rated as five-star prospects by Inside Lacrosse, Wray is a tenacious midfielder who can seemingly create his own shots from anywhere on the field and Caponiti, a lefty, has a lethal shot.

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