(Photo Courtesy of Canadian Lacrosse League)
Peter Milliman and the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays started off 2021 with a bang, as Royal Secondary, B.C., midfielder Alec Billings verbaled to the Blue Jays.
Billings has reclassified from the class of 2021 to 2022 and was originally committed to Milliman last December when he was at Cornell, making him the third former Cornell commit to follow Milliman to Johns Hopkins, along with 2021 midfielder Chris Wong and attackman Jack Charboneau, who is also a British Columbia native, and fourth overall player in the 2022 class to decommit or flip.
The midfielder mentioned that the impressive new coaching staff and the lure of Johns Hopkins lacrosse was a big factor in his decision. “For me it was the coaching and the legacy’s of all the players before me.”
Due to the NCAA extending the recruiting dead period, which prohibits in-person recruiting and official visits through April 15th of 2021, as well as the American-Canadian border remaining closed except for essential travel, Billings has not been able to get on Johns Hopkins campus at all. However, he has, like many recruits this year, been able to take a virtual tour.
Having a majortily box background, Billings was a member of Team BC at the last Midget Nationals during the summer of 2019. He was also one of multiple players who impressed at the Canadian Lacrosse League BC combine last January.
On film as a field player, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound righty midfielder looks very impressive. He can play two ways. Offensively, he works well up top and is a solid and shifty dodger. You can see the box influence on his field game, which Billings says has helped him make “fast decisions,” clearly. He also knows how to be aggressive, use his body, and has some good range as a shooter.
Billings said that the two areas of his game that he wants to improve before he gets to the next level is his passing ability and off-ball movement.
Whether or not Royal Bay will have a spring season is yet to be seen. Billings says it is “wait and see” at the moment.