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Brian Voelker and the Drexel Dragons picked up a commitment from the left coast on Monday, as Bellvue, Wash., defenseman Landon Johnson announced his commitment to the Dragons.
Johnson is the second commitment in the 2022 class for the Dragons, joining Woodbury Senior, Minn., attackman Conor Hooley.
“Drexel has so much to offer not just for athletes but students as well,” Johnson told Lacrosse Bucket. “I felt that Drexel would be the school I would want to go to playing lacrosse or not.”
While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Johnson was able to get to Philadelphia and tour the campus on his own. “I was in Philly and checked the campus out with my dad. We were both in love with how how the campus was in the city.”
Having current PLL player Tucker Durkin on staff as the Dragons’ defensive coordinator certainly played a part in Johnson’s decision. “When you’re speaking to a player you have watched growing up (Tuker Durkin) it’s hard not to say yes right away,” Johnson said. “As well as being one of my lacrosse hero’s, Coach Durkin has been very approachable and easy to talk to throughout the process.”
On film, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound defenseman shows physicality and a strong ability to put the ball on the carpet. He also has some offensive prowesness in his repertoire, having the ability to push transition and spark early offense.
Johnson said that one of the main areas of his game that he wants to focus on improving is in the transition game. “I want to improve my footwork and speed, as well as my stick, so I can push transition more often.”
After spending his first two years at O’Dea, Johnson transferred to Bellevue over the summer. He says his main goal for his junior season is to try and help lead the Wolverines to a state title.