(Photo: Donny Scott/Instagram)
Gary Gait’s inaugural Syracuse men’s lacrosse recruiting class got a little bit stronger on Friday night with the Hill Academy (Ont.) defenseman Donny Scott verbaling to the Orange.
What Syracuse is Getting:
The 6-foot, 180-pound defenseman is one of the most aggressive and effective one-on-one defenders in the class. Scott, who is a Peach State native, knows how to put the ball on the carpet, is not afraid to use his body, and covers a ton of ground with his tall frame. In addition to the strong on-ball play he often showcases, the junior can also cause serious trouble off-ball, possessing the right instincts and a fairly high lacrosse IQ. He can also be a threat in transition and on the offensive end, where he has shown to not be gun shy. Currently playing under one great pole in Brodie Merrill at the Hill Academy and now committed to play for Dave Pietramala’s defense, it will be very interesting to see how Scott progresses. With his skillset and size, he looks to have a ton of upside and could translate very well to next level, especially with the size he could still add to his frame once he gets into a college weight room.
What it Means For Syracuse:
Ranked as the No. 21 player in the class and ranked as a four-star by Inside Lacrosse, Scott adds to an already strong 2023 class for Syracuse. He is the seventh overall commitment in the class and third on the defensive end, joining Lawrenceville (N.J.) defenseman Quintan Kilrain and St. Dominic (N.Y.) goalie Michael Ippoliti. Scott also gives the Orange a second commitment from a player ranked in the IL Top 50, along with Salisbury (Conn.) attackman Trey Deere.