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Brian Voelker and the Drexel Dragons picked up a commitment from the Heart of Dixie last week, as Vestavia Hills, Ala., attackman/midfielder Max Hull announced his commitment to the Dragons.
Hull is the fourth commitment in the 2022 class for the Dragons, joining Woodbury Senior, Minn., attackman Conor Hooley, Bellvue, Wash., defenseman Landon Johnson, and Roslyn, N.Y., defenseman Jonah Baum. Additionally, Hull is the third player from Alabama to commit to the Dragons over the past few cycles, as the Dragons signed Mountain Brook and Homewood natives Drew McGill and Pierce Dalton in the 2020 class.
Hull mentioned that the coaching staff, as well as the school and competitiveness of the CAA were main reason as to why he chose Drexel. “First, the coaches! Coach Voelker and Coach Boyle have been amazing throughout my recruiting process. Secondly, the opportunity to get a great education while playing in one of the best lacrosse conferences in the country.”
Drexel offensive coordinator Steven Boyle initially made contact with Hull during the first month of the contact period (September). Hull stated that he has stayed in regular contact with the coaching staff and has been on multiple Zoom calls with the staff. While While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Hull took a visit to Drexel on his own in November when he competed in the NXT Showcase in Philadelphia.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior is very dynamic in multiple facets on the offensive end. . 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.
Hull said that he is currently focused on improving his body, as well as multiple aspects of his on-field play. “I am working very hard in the weight room and with my speed coach,” Hull said. “As for my game, I am focusing on my dodging and continuing to improve my shooting from all angles with deception.”
Being from a more non-traditional area, Hull said that he feels he does carry a bit of a chip on his shoulder. “I guess I do play with a bit of chip on my shoulder or at least play harder to show people I can play with anyone,” Hull said. “At a young age, I began playing for club teams in Atlanta and competing at tournaments in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic…I quickly realized that I had to outwork others to gain recognition since I was from a non-traditional area.”
Coming into his junior season, Hull is aiming towards leading the Rebels to a state title. He also mentioned how he wants to me a leader for the younger guys and help them develop.