Hey Y’all, welcome to the South Scorecard. This is a monthly column on college lacrosse recruiting in the South. Each month, I will breakdown some of the top commitments on a state-by-state basis and provide some other analysis as well.
September 1st marked the opening of the contact period for the class of 2022. Since that date there has been a ton of movement in the class. And the South is no different than the rest of the country in that regard.
Here is a state-by-state breakdown of some of the top/most intriguing commitment from that state in the month of September.
No commitments in the 2022 class came out of the Heart of Dixie in the month of September. However, there was one commitment from the state in the 2021 class, as Hoover, Ala., attackman/midfielder Jackson Hirschy verbaled to Mercer.
A versatile shooter who can work both on the outside and in tight, Hirschy is the third commitment in the class for the Bears and the first since Chad Surman took over the reigns in Macon, Ga., on an interim basis.
Turning things back to the class of 2022, there are a few guys in the class from Alabama that could be finding DI homes in the coming months. Two of those players are Vestavia Hills, Ala., attackman/midfielder Max Hull and Mountain Brook, Ala., midfielder Tommy Brutus. Both are widely regarded as two of the top players in the state.
Having seen Hull in-person once this past spring and on film multiple times, the 5-foot-11, 165 pound offensive weapon is very impressive. Often looking like the best player on the field, he has good hands, can be crafty inside, cuts to the middle very well, and has a strong outside shot. He recorded 30 points (19G/11A) in four games during the shortened 2020 season and has a career total of 109 points through his first two seasons of high school ball.
On film, you can clearly see the toughness and grit that Brutus, who is a two-way guy, play with. Not only can he act as a traditional offensive midfielder with his downhill dodging ability, but he has shown to have the ability to be a solid short stick defender and make those heads-up plays in transition that coaches love to see.
To no one’s surprise, the Sunshine State has produced the most 2022 DI commitments of any state in the South through the first month of the contact period with 10 commitments coming out of the state since that September 1st date.
Two of the biggest commitments out of Florida involve players on the defensive end who are heading north, as St. Andrew’s School, Fla., LSM Sean Jordan verbaled to Harvard and Oxbridge, Fla., defenseman George Wandoff announced that he would be taking his talents to Syracuse.
A 6-foot-1, 180 pound LSM who also plays football, Jordan draws comparisons to Virginia’s Jared Conners and is seen by many as not only the best player from Florida in the class, but the best player from the South in general among 2022s. He is downright dangerous in a multitude of ways on defense and has the ability to kill you in transition. Wandoff, who stands 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, has shown to be a great on-ball guys and disruptive off-ball, clogging up passing lanes, and can strike in transition.
Offensively, the biggest commitment to come out of the state on that end of the field in the 2022 class thus far is Salisbury, Conn., attackman Aidan Aitken verbaling to Denver. Rated as a four-star by Inside Lacrosse, the 6-foot-2, 165 pound midfielder has shown to be an elite scorer and an offensive threat in a multitude of ways. He came onto the scene strong as a freshman, tallying 68 points (54G/14A) while helping lead King’s Academy, Fla., to an 11-7 record and district finals appearance. In just five games during the shortened 2020 season, Aitken put up 18 points (15G/3A).
All three are highly rated by Inside Lacrosse. Jordan is ranked as a five-star, while Wandoff and Aitken are both four-stars.
Through the first month of the contact period for 2022s, only two players from the Peach State made their commitments. And both were at the attack position, as Lovett, Ga., attackman William Overly verbaled to Utah and Marist School, Ga., attackman Andrew McLaughlin announced that he would be taking his talents to High Point.
A 6-foot, 165 pound lefty, Overly helped lead Lovett to a GHSA 5A state title game appearance in 2019 and a 4-3 record in the shortened 2020 season. He has also been invited to the Under Armour Underclassmen games the past two seasons and led the South in scoring both years.
McLaughlin, who is a strong shooter and has the ability to also make some noise as a midfielder, has led Marist to solid seasons over the past few seasons. They went 13-7 and made it to the second round of the 5A state tournament in 2019, and went 3-3 during the shortened 2020 season.
A few of the top uncommitted 2022s in the Peach State include Walton, Ga., attackman Lee Butler and Westminster, Ga., Defenseman/LSM Denton Shamburger.
Butler, who stands 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, has shown to operate very well inside the 5-by-5 and at X. Additionally, he is a very versatile shooter and looks to have very good hands – especially around the cage. He put up 35 points (21G/14A) during the shortened 220 season.
At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Shamburger is a fast and athletic and athletic playmakers on the defensive end. He has shown to be a solid on-ball defender, the ability to put the ball on the carpet, run transition well, and make those heads-up plays.
Through the first month of the contact period, thee have been no 2022 commitments out of the state of Kentucky. However, the top three of the players in the state, whom I’ve called the Bluegrass Big Three for the past two years, have all found DI homes. And those three are all members of the 2021 class.
Trinity, Ky., attackman Gavin Noland and St. Xavier, Ky., attackman Ben Hubbs have both announced their decisions to stay home and make the crib great, committing to play for Andy Whitley and the Bellarmine Knights. St. Xavier, Ky., attackman Hillis Burns has announced that he will be taking his talents west to the Rockies to play for Air Force.
I have personally seen all three in person more than any player in the region or country.
Noland is more of an off-ball finisher and has shown that he knows how to get open on the inside and finish. He can also take his man-one-on-one from behind the cage or on the wings, and has really developed his passing ability over his high school career thus far.
Hubbs is a pure bred shooter and could honestly play attack or midfield at the next level. As more of a catch and shoot outside shooter, Hubbs has some serious range. However, he can also do some damage on the inside as a cutter and finisher.
As more of your traditional X attackman, Burns can get it done in multiple ways and almost always seems to be in the right spot and has an unbelievable skill set. He can not only put on an impressive display of passing, but also knows how to get to the rack and with the ball in his stick.
During the first month of the contact period for 2022 recruits, the Tar Heel state has churned out five commitments.
Two of the biggest commitments out of the state in the past month include Hough, N.C., faceoff man George Kalos and Middle Creek, N.C. attackman Tate Jones. Kalos will be staying home and playing for North Carolina, while Jones will be heading up to Columbus, Ohio to play for the Buckeyes.
Rated as a four-star by Inside Lacrosse, Kalos has served as the Huskies’ primary faceoff man for the past two seasons. He has asserted himself as one of the top players both in the state and in the South, overall. 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. He broke multiple Hough single-season records as a freshman, including grounds balls in a season (211), faceoff wins in a season (293), and faceoff percentage in a season (75%).
Jones, who was the first commitment in the class for Nick Myers and the Ohio State Buckeyes, is a versatile offensive weapon at the midfield position. He tallied 28 points (17G/11A) while helping Middle Creek to a 5-0 record before the Coronavirus outbreak cancelled the remainder of the Mustangs’ season. As a freshman in 2019, he tallied 74 points (43G/31A) while helping his Middle Creek team go 18-3 and reach the NCHSAA 4A state semifinals.
Ohio State also picked up a second commitment in the 2022 class out of the Tar Heel State during the first month of the contact period, as Wakefield, N.C., faceoff man Coleman Kraske will also be taking his talents to Columbus. The 6-foot, 207 pound faceoff man came onto the high school scene strong, going 125-for-184 (68%) while helping lead the Wolverines to a 13-2 record and an NCHSAA 4A second round playoff appearance as a freshman.
Like some other states in the region, the Sooner State is still very much in a youthful stage. However, there has been some significant growth and talent production over the past few years with programs like Impulse Lacrosse, which is run by New England Black Wolves star Callum Crawford, gaining more headway.
Over the past month, there have been three DI commits in the 2021 class come out of the state. Bishop Kelly,Okla. (Comets Lacrosse) defenseman Cal Hensley committed to Stony Brook and Edmond, Okla., defenseman Gabe Mullaney announced that he would be heading to VMI to play for new head coach James Purpura and the Keydets.
Over the past month, there were no commitments out of South Carolina in either the 2021 or 2022 classes. However, there are a number of players from the Palmetto State that could be finding homes sooner or later.
One of the top players in the 2022 class out of the state is Oceanside Collegiate, S.C., goalie Drew Gregory. A member of the 2020 Under Armour South Highlight team at the Under Armour Underclass games, Gregory has been one of the best goalies in the state over the past few seasons. As a full-time starter this past shortened spring season, he posted a 43% save percentage and helped lead the Sharks to a 5-2 record.
Similarly, there hasn’t been much recruiting news out of Tennessee over the past month with no 2021 or 2022 commitments coming in September. But, again, there is plenty of talent that could be finding a DI home before the 2021 season starts.
One of the top players from the Volunteer state in the 2022 class is Christian Brothers, Tenn., attackman Will Simonton. A 6-foot-1, 220 pound dual-sport athlete who also plays football, Simonton is one of the most lethal scorers in the state. He put up 82 points (52G/29A) as a freshman and 18 points (8G/10A) in the shortened 2020 season. While he has a strong outside shot, he also knows how to use his speed and size to his advantage and get to the rack.
Thus far, the Lone Star State is tied for the second most 2022 commits of any state in the South with eight in the first month of the Contact period.
Culver, Ind., Attackman Haydn Sommer, who verbaled to Army, and goalie Colin Vickrey, who has committed to Notre Dame, are two of the biggest commits thus far from the state thus far. Sommer rated as a three-star prospect by Inside Lacrosse and ranked as the No. 47 player in the 2022 class by the National Lacrosse Federation (NLF). Vickrey is rated as a four-star prospect by Inside Lacrosse.
In addition to those two a few Big Ten programs have poked their head into the Lone Star State and snagged some great talent. Westlake, Texas, attackman Ethan Burke has committed to Maryland and Jesuit Dallas, Texas, midfielder McAllister Hobbs will be taking his talents to Penn State.
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 is rated as a three-star by Inside Lacrosse.
Hobbs, a 5-foot-10, 155 pound midfielder, is a lethal offensive threat, operating well as both a cutter, feeder, and shooter from up top. He really picked up a lot of steam during the shortened 2020 spring, tallying 12 points (10G/2A) while helping the Rangers a 7-0 record. Hobbs had six points (4G/2A) in five games as a freshman.
Virginia is the second state with eight 2022 commitments through the first month of the contact period, tying the aforementioned Texas.
Some of the most notable commitments to come out of the Old Dominion State over the past month, included St. Christopher’s, Va., goalie Kent Goode committing to North Carolina, St. Stephens & St. Agnes, Va., attackman Will McCulloch verbaling to Loyola, and West Potomac, Va., defenseman George Stamos announcing that he would be taking his talents to Maryland.
All three are rated as four-star players by Inside Lacrosse.
Goode is a well-rounded goalie and had a very strong summer, which included a 42-save performance at the Juniors Open event in Tennessee. McCulloch, who is a strong lefty finisher and operates very well around the crease off-ball, put up 16 points (9G/7A) during the shortened 2020 season. A coach’s son, Stamos’ size is apparent on film and he has shown to be a very disruptive defender, and wreck havoc both on and off-ball.
Full List of 2022 Commits From The South (September)
|State||Player||Position||High School||Club Team||Commitment||Commitment Date|
|Florida||Luke Pisani||Attack||Benjamin School||SweetLax||Army||8/31/2020|
|Florida||Gunnar Schwarz||Goalie||St. Andrew’s School||SweetLax||Navy||8/31/2020|
|Florida||Sam Whitaker||Defense||St. Thomas Aquinas||Baltimore Crabs||Johns Hopkins||9/1/2020|
|Virginia||Liam Hurley||Attack||St. Anne’s Belfield||Richmond Hawks||Navy||8/13/2020|
|Texas||Zach Mercado||Midfield||Austin||Iron Horse||Syracuse||9/2/2020|
|North Carolina||Josh Arneson||Defense||Holly Springs||Team 91 Carolina||Marist||9/2/2020|
|North Carolina||George Kalos||Faceoff||Hough||Team 24/7||North Carolina||9/4/2020|
|Virginia||Marco Signorello||Midfield||Paul VI||Blackwolf Lacrosse||Maryland||9/6/2020|
|Florida||Mana Wilhelm||Attack||Creekside||SweetLax||Air Force||9/7/2020|
|Virginia||Kent Goode||Goalie||St. Christopher’s||Richmond Hawks||North Carolina||9/7/2020|
|Florida||Ryan Sforzo||Midfielder||IMG Academy||SweetLax||Notre Dame||9/8/2020|
|North Carolina||Tate Jones||Attack||Middle Creek||Annapolis Hawks||Ohio State||9/10/2020|
|Virginia||John Schroter||Defense||Riverside School||DC Express||Virginia||9/11/2020|
|Virginia||George Stamos||Defense||West Potomac||DC Express||Maryland||9/12/2020|
|North Carolina||John Long||Defense||Hough||Team 24/7||High Point||9/13/2020|
|Texas||Haydn Sommer||Attack||Culver, Ind.||Army||9/14/2020|
|Texas||Colin Vickrey||Goalie||Culver, Ind.||Notre Dame||9/14/2020|
|Texas||Ethan Burke||Midfield||Westlake||West Coast Stars||Maryland||9/15/2020|
|Texas||Carter Barksdale||Defense/LSM||Westlake||Iron Horse||Michigan||9/16/2020|
|Florida||George Wandoff||Defense||Oxbridge Academy||SweetLax||Syracuse||9/16/2020|
|Florida||Sean Jordan||LSM||St. Andrew’s School||SweetLax||Harvard||9/16/2020|
|Texas||Evan Sharp||Goalie||Ridge Point||Team 91 Texas||Jacksonville||9/17/2020|
|Florida||Nolan Parlette||Goalie||Ponte Vedra||SweetLax||Air Force||9/17/2020|
|Florida||Aidan Aitken||Attack||Salisbury School||SweetLax||Denver||9/18/2020|
|North Carolina||Coleman Kraske||Faceoff||Wakefield||Team 91 Carolina||Ohio State||9/22/2020|
|Virginia||Johnny Kidd||Faceoff||Paul VI||Blackwolf Lacrosse||Lehigh||9/22/2020|
|Georgia||William Overly||Attack||Lovett||FCA MD||Utah||9/22/2020|
|Virginia||Zach Walsh||Attack/Midfield||Paul VI||MadLax||Rutgers||9/23/2020|
|Texas||McAllister Hobbs||Midfielder||Jesuit Dallas||Iron Horse||Penn State||9/24/2020|
|Texas||Connor Knight||Goalie||Jesuit Dallas||Stony Brook||9/25/2020|
|Georgia||Andrew McLaughlin||Attack||Marist School||Atlanta Coyotes||High Point||9/25/2020|
|Virginia||Will McCulloch||Attack||St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes||MadLax Capital||Loyola||9/29/2020|