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.
It has officially been four months since the contact period opened up for 2022s on September 1s. Texas and Virginia have produced the most DI commits with 14 each. Florida sits right behind them with 12 DI commits coming out of the Sunshine State, while North Carolina has eight, Georgia has six, and Alabama and Tennessee each have one.
During the month of December, there were four DI commitments out of the South in the class of 2022.
Here is a state-by-state breakdown of some of the top/most intriguing commitment from that state in the month of December:
The Drexel Dragons got a win in the Heart of Dixie during the month of December, as they landed Vestavia Hills attackman/midfielder Max Hull. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound offensive weapon 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 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.
The junior is one of two players in the class of 2022 that Lacrosse Bucket identified as potential DI guys from the state this past fall, alongside Mountain Brook, Ala., midfielder Tommy Brutus who is currently still uncommitted.
Blessed Trinity, Ga., junior faceoff man Wilson Van Buren announced last month that he would be taking his talents to Hanover in a few years to play for the Dartmouth Big Green. He also heavily considered Richmond and Boston U. It’s worth noting that Van Buren is one of two Dartmouth commits out of the Peach State recently, joining 2021 Centennial, Ga., goalie Mason Morel who announced his decision in late September. Additionally, Dartmouth signed midfielder Cooper Higgins out of Lovett, Ga., in the 2020 class and have a total of eight players from the South, in general, on their roster.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound faceoff man is rated as a three-star prospect by Inside Lacrosse and is one of the top prospects in his class in the state of Georgia. Not only does have have the quick hand speed needed to win the clamp and gain possession, but he can also do some damage himself as a shooter and a passer once in the offensive zone.
The VMI Keydets landed a commitment out of the Lone Star State last month, as The Woodlands, Texas, junior LSM Connor Franklin announced that he would be taking his talents to Lexington in a few years. He’s the third player from the region to commit to the Keydets this cycle, joining North Cross, Va., attackman Zane Ratliff and West Potomac, Va., midfielder Aidan Mcclanhan.
A strong on-ball defender, Franklin caused 13 caused turnovers and scooped up 21 ground balls while helping the Highlanders to a 6-4 record in 2020 before the season was cut short. He helped his team go 15-8 as a freshman in 2019 and earned All-District honors.
Merrimack landed a commitment from Paul VI, Va., defenseman Gavin Levay. That makes Levay the third commitment in the class for the Warriors and second from the South, alongside Cambridge, Ga., defenseman/LSM Ethan Landry.
An aggressive defenseman, Levay has shown great promise as both a traditional cover guy on the back end as well as a pole that can be very impactful in the transition game and on the offensive end of the field.
Top Uncommitted 2022s in The Region
Last week, I analyzed some of the top uncommitted prospects in the 2022 class. Three of the seven players discussed in the article play in or are from the South: Boy’s Latin, Md., faceoff man Aidan Smith, Westminster, Ga., Denton Shamburger, and Walton, Ga., Lee Butler.