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Recruiting has been operating in a dead period since March. But that hasn’t seemed to impact the 2022 cycle nearly as much as some might have expected. If anything, the process has been accelerated with, at the time of writing this, over 420 players having committed in the class since the September 1st date, per the Lacrosse Bucket Recruiting Database.
Despite a large number of players in the class having already found their homes, there still remain some highly-talented uncommitted players in the class.
Here’s a look at seven of the top uncommitted prospects in the 2022 class (Alphabetically):
Aidan Smith, Face-off, Boy’s Latin (Md.) (Texas Native)
A native of Cypress, Texas, Smith went 73% at the dot and was one of the best freshman in the state as a freshman in 2019 before transferring to MIAA power Boy’s Latin. Not only does he have the hand speed to win the clamp and gain clean offensive exits, but he also can counter very well and end up winning the battle even if he loses the initial clamp. Smith also has some offensive prowesness and can do damage as a shooter, feeder, and dodger. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Inside Lacrosse.
Bryce Pang, Goalie, Deerfield Academy (Mass.)
Pang shows great poise and patience in cage. The goalie is able to make those tough saves on the doorstep, as well as shots from medium and longer ranges. He plays with great tenacity. In addition to his play in cage, Pang isn’t afraid to come out of the cage and make aggressive plays in the clearing game, as well as on defense. If needed, he will put a body on an opposing offensive player. He is rated as a three-star by Inside Lacrosse,
Cooper DeMallie, Attack, Deerfield Academy (Mass.)
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound lefty is more of a tweener who could end up playing attack or midfield at the college level. DeMallie does his best work above the cage. He has a cannon of a shot and is able to unleash it most effectively on the wings. With his size and speed, he is also able to take contact very well and do some good work in the heart of the defense. He has also shown to thrive in the two-man game and can be an impact player in the ride. He is rated as a three-star prospect by Inside Lacrosse.
Denton Shamburger, Defense, Westminster (Ga.)
An aggressive defender, Shamburger can and will put the ball on the ground. He shows the ability to use both his body and his stick to win one-on-one matchups. In addition to his skills on the defensive end, Shamburger is not afraid to take it coast to coast. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior runs the field well and can do some serious damage in the transition game and in the offensive zone. He plays some of his best ball in between the boxes and in unsettled situations. Shamburger was ranked No. 57 in the most recent NLF 2022 player rankings.
Lee Butler, Attack, Walton (Ga.)
A 6-foot-3, 200-pound attackman, Butler has a strong frame and operates very well inside the five-by-five and behind the cage at X. One of the best 2022s still on the board in the Peach State, Butler is also a very versatile shooter who has a hard shot and can put the ball in the back of the cage from multiple spots on the field. He has very good hands, especially inside around the cage as a pass catcher and finisher. During the shortened 2020 season, Butler notched 21 goals and 14 assists.
Nikko DiPonio, Defense, Culver (Ind.) (Michigan native)
Having seen Diponi in-person multiple times this past spring, he is one of those poles that just seems to be everywhere at once. The junior is a great cover guy and knows how to put the ball on the ground. He also has good instincts as an off-ball guy and has some offensive prowessness to his game, being comfortable and able to make an impact in transition and on the offensive end of the field. He is rated as a three-star by Inside Lacrosse.
Will Gallagher, Defense/LSM, Radnor (Pa.)
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenseman isn’t the most physical or flashiest defenseman out there. However, he is certainly the type of tall, rangy defender that can translate well to the college level. Gallagher is a good cover guy, is solid off the ground, and knows how to put himself in spots where he will be successful, whether on the back end, on the faceoff wings, or in transition. In the most recent NLF 2022 rankings, Gallagher was ranked No. 52 and was the highest ranked player on the list who has yet to commit. He is a two-sport athlete, playing outside linebacker in football.