Southern Scorecard: Early 2023 Watch List

(Photo Courtesy of Dallas Jesuit Athletics)

Hey Y’all, welcome to the Southern 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.

I haven’t done one of these since January because, well, there hasn’t been too much recruiting news coming out of the region over the past few months. However, we have had two commitments in the 2022 class to discuss in this month’s edition and we will dive into some of the players in the class of 2023 that have impressed through the first month of so of the high school season (or full season for some NCHSAA teams).

Since January, there have only been three commitments out of the South in the 2022 class, per the Lacrosse Bucket Recruiting Database. Plano Senior (Texas) midfielder George Gilbert and announced his commitment to Hofstra, St. Andrew’s School (Fla.) faceoff man Nicholas Golubov committed to Colgate, and Kell (Ga.) midfielder Julian Robsinon committed to Hampton.

A 6-foot-3, 200 pound midfielder, Gilbert shows a pretty diverse skillset on film. He not only has a strong ability as a traditional downhill dodging midfielder and shooter from up top, but he also has a fairly strong passing ability, as well as a solid feel for the game and lacrosse IQ. His team is currently 1-5, per the THSLL website.

Golubov is off to one of the best starts of any player in the Sunshine State. The faceoff man has gone 66-for-88 (75%) through five games and has also scored two goals. St. Andrew’s currently boast a 7-0 record with wins over Oxbridge and Lake Highland Prep. Stats are not publicly available for their last two games.

Robinson is the fourth commitment in the 2022 class for the Pirates, which is the first full cycle under head coach Chazz Woodson.

In addition to those two in the 2022 class, Ohio State landed a late addition to their 2021 class with IMG Academy (Fla.) midfielder Ari Allen committing and signing with the Buckeyes earlier this month. A Peach State native, Allen has been a star on both the lacrosse field and gridiron for the Ascenders. He is the second player originally from the state of Georgia to sign with the Buckeyes in the class, alongside Walton (Ga.) midfielder James Gurr. 

2023s To Watch

*Note: This list is not a ranking and contains only players I have seen play full games in person or on film thus far. If I have not watched a player yet, they will not be on this list. A much larger list will be released at the end of the season.

On September 1st, 2021, college coaches will be hitting up the phones of 2023 recruits across the country. July 1st for service academies (Army, Air Force, Navy).

While each state is at a different stage of their season more so than ever this year, here’s a look at some of the current sophomores from around the region who I’ve seen that have really stuck out thus far during the spring of 2021.

Liam West, Attack, Apex (N.C.) – A natural attackman, West is certainly more comfortable operating from behind the cage at ‘X’ and on the wings as a fairly speedy dodger and shooter. However, he has shown the ability to make some noise from up top if needed. He helped Apex to a 9-3 record, losing in the first round of the 4A State Tournament to Cardinal Gibbons, and put up an impressive 31 points (20G/11A) during the regular season.

Collin Patrick, Attack, Middle Creek (N.C.) – A gritty playmaker, the sophomore plays with a sort of toughness to his game. He isn’t afraid of contact and can get into those dirty areas around the crease and make plays with his elite finishing skills. Additionally, he is a pretty fluid dodger and has the ability and to be a strong passer. He put up 23 goals and 13 assists while leading Middle Creek to an 11-0 regular season record. The Mustangs fell to Cardinal Gibbons in the second round.

Cameron Martin, Attack, Dallas Jesuit (Texas) – I was able to watch Martin play in-person when the Rangers came up to Louisville to play Trinity (Ky.) earlier this week. Martin looked like the best player on the field for stretches during that contest and showed off a skillset that any college coach would love to see. He is nearly the complete package as far as scoring off the dodge is concerned. Netting a first-half hat trick in the game, he scored off a roll back from up top, a wrap around goal from ‘X’, and a low-angle snipe on the back pipe off a 10-plus yard feed.

Jack Schulte, Attack, St. Andrew’s (Fla.) – The Scots are off to a 9-0 start and Schulte has asserted himself as the leader on the offensive end of the field. A pure shooter, the sophomore has put up 22 goals through this point in the season. he also has nine assists for 31 points through the first nine games of the season.

Turner Ashby, Attack/Midfield, Plant (Fla.) – Helping lead Plant to a 9-1 record at the moment with their only loss coming to state power Ponte Vedra, Ashby has been one of the most impressive players in the 2023 class in the Sunshine State. The 6-foot, 175-pound offensive weapon consistently makes the right decisions and has shown to be dangerous as either a passer of a shooter from multiple spots on the field. He is very much a tweener and could see success at either midfield or attack at the next level with his diverse skillset that he has shown off and continues to improve this season.

Evan Mason, Attack/Midfield, South Oldham (Ky.) – One of the most productive players in the Bluegrass State, Mason has been dominant for the Dragons through the early portion of the 2021 season. An off-ball threat, Mason started the season with back-to-back five and six goal performances. He has continued to look good and should see his stock rise this this season as one of the leaders of perhaps the best South Oldham team of all-time.

Jack Spellman, Faceoff, Montgomery Bell (Tenn.) – Spellman has been a consistent force at the faceoff dot for the Big Red through their first four games of the season, helping to lead them to a 3-1 record with their only loss coming against Culver (Ind.). Spellman has gone 31-for-49 (63%) at the dot thus far as Montgomery Bell’s primary option. I was able to see him in person when they traveled up to Louisville in early March and it wasn’t hard to tell just how impactful he was for his team.

Owen McCallister, Defense/LSM, Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) – The 5-foot-10, 150-pound pole is one of the most versatile players I have watched all season. A strong on-ball defender and takeaway artist, McCallister can be a pest for opposing offensive players. Additionally, he can spark transition offense, is solid off the ground, and has taken faceoffs.

Jackson Campisano, Defense/LSM, St. Xavier (Ky.) – Likely projecting more as an LSM at the college level, Campisano might be the best athlete currently grazing the lacrosse field in the Bluegrass State. He is a Great ground ball and transition guy, and can put the ball on the ground at an impressive rate and knows how to use his body. Against national power Culver (Ind.), the sophomore really shined, especially when matched up against Duke midfield signee Jackson Gray, taking his cookies multiple times.

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