Southern Scorecard: Tracking The South’s 2023 Commitments From October

(Photo: Elijah Stobaugh/Instagram)

Two months ago, the contact period opened up for the class of 2023 and ever since players have been flying off the board, and that includes talent hailing from below the Mason-Dixon line.

In the first two months of the contact period, a total of 43 juniors from the South have verbaled to DI programs, according to the Lacrosse Bucket Recruiting Database. Georgia has the highest number of commitments in the class with 10 while Florida, and Virginia have each seen nine players come off the board. North Carolina has seen eight, Texas has seen two, and Alabama has seen one player at home at a DI in the class.

During the month of October alone, Southern states saw 18 players commit to DI programs. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of the movement seen in the South amongst the 2023 class over the past month.

Florida

Tied for second-most commitments in the class (9) along with Virginia, the Sunshine State saw three juniors find homes at DI programs in the month of October.

IMG Academy midfielder Elijah Stobaugh is the most notable player from the state to come off the board in October as he verbaled to Maryland on the 14th of the month. Rated as a four-star and ranked as the No. 28 player in the class by Inside Lacrosse, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound midfielder is one of the highlighting players of the Terrapins ’23 class thus far. A strong outside shooter, Stobaugh proves to be a matchup nightmare for many high school defenses.

Plant (Fla.) A/M Turner Ashby verbaled to Air Force on the first of October, joining fellow Floridan Jack Schulte (St. Andrew’s, Fla.) in the Falcons’ class. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound offensive weapon put up 146 points (86G/60A) as a sophomore last spring while helping to lead his team to the FHSAA 2A semifinals.

Bronson Dowdell out of Winter Park (Fla.) was the third player in the class to verbal to a DI over the past month, committing to the Mercer Bears.

Georgia

The Peach State has produced the most DI commitments of any southern state thus far with 10. Four of those commitments came during the month of October.

The most notable move came on the first of the Month when Roswell (Ga.) attackman Alex Lobel announced his commitment to the Michigan Wolverines. A scoring machine, the lefty etched his name in the 100 club this past spring as a sophomore. In addition to his scoring ability, the attackman has progressed greatly as a passer and feeder.

Another Roswell product verbaled to a DI last month with faceoff man Myles Quandt choosing Towson. An exciting playmaker, the junior has very strong exits and knows how to make plays on the offensive end, especially as a scorer.

Milton (Ga.) defenseman Garrett Krsul and King’s Ridge (Ga.) attackman Robbie Walker are the other two juniors from the Peach State to make verbal commitments last month, each deciding to play in the SoCon with Krsul deciding on VMI and Walker on Jacksonville.

North Carolina

Four players from the Tar Heels State in the 2023 class found homes at DIs, brining the total number of commits out of the start in the class to eight.

East Chapel Hill (N.C.) attackman Alec Levy was the most notable commitment out of the state over the past month as he decided to stay home and play for the North Carolina Tar Heels. The son of UNC Women’s lacrosse coach Jenny Levy, he will take a postgrad year before joining the Tar Heels as a ‘23. He is coming off an 83-point (50G/33A) campaign this last spring. His older brother, Ryan, took a PG year at Taft (Conn.) in 2021 and is currently a freshman for the Tar Heels.

Additionally, Greensboro Day (N.C.) attackman Hunter Bisbee verbaled to Air Force while Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) midfielder Carter Malone chose Monmouth, and Southwest Guilford (N.C.) goalie Nicholas Hampton picked St. John’s in the month of October.

Texas

Of the four juniors who verbaled to DIs from the Lone Star State last month, the most notable move was Highland Park (Texas) goalie Ben Abel committing to the Loyola Greyhounds. The Texas native is coming off a huge sophomore campaign where he helped lead the Scots to a 14-3 record and a THSLL AA state title game. The quick-handed keeper especially showcased his ability to stop low shots and be effective in the outlet passing game this past spring. Abel was named an All-State Honorable Mention.

Elsewhere across the state during the month of October, St. Mark’s (Texas) attackman Jake Park verbaled to Air Force while Dallas Jesuit (Texas) goalie Cooper Coleman chose Jacksonville, and Houston Memorial (Texas) defenseman picked High Point.

Virginia

After seeing seven players in the 2023 class from the Commonwealth find homes at DIs during the first month of the contact period, the state of Virginia saw just two players commit to DIs in the class in October.

Both commitments were to programs in the SoCon with St. Christopher’s (Va.) midfielder Miles Harvey verbaling to High Point and Paul VI (Va.) defenseman Nate Murphy choosing Richmond.

Harvey is more of a traditional downhill dodging midfielder and can sling it on-the-run. He is coming off a sophomore campaign in which he helped lead the Saints to a 11-2 record and semifinals appearance. An aggressive defender, Murphy helped lead a strong defense for a Panthers team that made a state championship appearance.


Full List of 2023 Commits From The South

StatePlayerPositionHigh SchoolCommitmentCommitment Date
GeorgiaHill PlunkettAttackRoswellArmy West Point7/1/2021
VirginiaMatt HanMidfieldPaul VIMichigan9/3/2021
VirginiaEli PettyDefense/LSMCollegiateVirginia9/5/2021
FloridaLuke LoweryDefensePonte VedraDartmouth9/12/2021
GeorgiaNiko KaretsosAttackPace AcademyNorth Carolina9/13/2021
North CarolinaCayden HollarMidfieldHoggard (N.C.)Hofstra9/15/2021
North CarolinaBrayson WilsonGoalieCannon SchoolNorth Carolina9/16/2021
TexasColin Vickrey*GoalieCulver (Ind.)Princeton9/16/2021
VirginiaQuintan KilrainDefenseLawrenceville (N.J.)Syracuse9/16/2021
FloridaAndrew KlisDefenseAmerican HeritageDartmouth9/16/2021
GeorgiaDonny ScottDefenseThe Hill Academy (Ont.)Syracuse9/17/2021
FloridaAndrew KlisDefenseAmerican HeritageDartmouth9/17/2021
VirginiaNolan GilmartinAttackBenedictine PrepUAlbany9/17/2021
GeorgiaJack MarlowMidfieldCambridgeMichigan9/19/2021
AlabamaAnderson MooreGoalieBriarwood ChristianGeorgetown9/21/2021
FloridaJordan FaisonMidfieldPine CrestNotre Dame9/21/2021
GeorgiaEzekiel LomaxMidfieldIMG AcademyJacksonville9/23/2021
VirginiaNate KabiriAttackGeorgetown Prep (Md.)Georgetown9/24/2021
FloridaZach MesaDefense/LSMCulver (Ind.)Lehigh9/25/2021
North CarolinaKenan EverhartAttackAshley (N.C.)Loyola9/25/2021
GeorgiaCarson HallFaceoffHarrison (Ga.)Loyola9/28/2021
FloridaColin KrugerAttackTampa JesuitBoston U.9/28/2021
FloridaJack SchulteAttackSt. Andrew’sAir Force9/28/2021
GeorgiaCarson HallFaceoffHarrisonLoyola9/28/2021
FloridaMaddox JohnsonA/MPonte VedraDenver9/29/2021
VirginiaSam McAvoyMidfieldLake Braddock (Va.)Penn State9/29/2021
North CarolinaKarter WillamsDefenseHoughNotre Dame9/30/2021
VirginiaJack SchubertAttackLake Braddock (Va.)Georgetown9/30/2021
FloridaTurner AshbyA/MPlantAir Force10/1/2021
GeorgiaAlex LobelAttackRoswellMichigan10/1/2021
VirginiaMiles HarveyMidfieldSt. Christopher’sHigh Point10/1/2021
TexasJake ParkAttackSt. Mark’sAir Force10/3/2021
North CarolinaHunter BisbeeAttackGreensboro DayAir Force10/6/2021
GeorgiaMyles QuandtFaceoffRoswellTowson10/7/2021
TexasCooper ColemanGoalieDallas JesuitJacksonville10/11/2021
GeorgiaGarrett KrsulD/LSMMiltonVMI10/13/2021
FloridaElijah StobaughMidfieldIMG AcademyMaryland10/14/2021
FloridaBronson DowdellA/MWinter ParkMercer10/14/2021
TexasBen AbelGoalieHighland ParkLoyola10/15/2021
North CarolinaCarter MaloneMidfieldCardinal Gibbons (N.C.)Monmouth10/19/2021
North CarolinaNicholas HamptonGoalieSouthwest Guilford (N.C.)St. John’s10/20/2021
GeorgiaRobbie WalkerAttackKing’s RidgeJacksonville10/20/2021
North CarolinaAlec Levy*AttackEast Chapel HillNorth Carolina10/21/2021
VirginiaNate MurphyDefensePaul VIRichmond10/26/2021
TexasBrody RheeDefenseHouston MemorialHigh Point10/28/2021

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