(Photo Courtesy of Bolles Lacrosse)
The last one of these that I did was back in January. So it’s been a while, but since Spring as turned to Summer the recruiting trail has begun to heat up again and especially so since the calendar flipped to July.
Six players from the South in the 2023 class have verbaled to DI programs since July 1st and one player from the region in the 2024 class has found at a service academy.
The Sunshine State is where the bulk of recent ’23 commits have hailed from. Just last week, Benjamin (Fla.) attackman Brady Quinn committed to Loyola while Plant (Fla.) faceoff man Rogan Kane verbaled to the Air Force Academy.
A dual-sport athlete also playing football Quinn is coming off a junior campaign this past spring where he helped Benmjamin to the FHSAA 1A state title game where they fell to St. Andrew’s 9-7. The 5-foot-8, 140-pound attackman proved to the leader and quarterback of the Buccaneers’ offense, notching 35 goals and 52 assists for 87 points on the year.
Often operating from behind the cage, Quinn has shown the ability to get topside, get to the island, and find ways to put the ball past the goalie. He also has good vision and is able to find those passing lanes in which to dish assists in a timely fashion.
Kane is coming off a strong junior campaign in which he helped lead the Panthers to an impressive 18-3 record and an appearance in the FHSAA state semifinals, where they fell to eventual 2A champion St. Thomas Aquinas. He is the third player from the Sunshine State in the Falcons’ 2023 class, joining his high school teammate Turner Ashby as well as St. Andrew’s (Fla.) atatckman Jack Schulte.
Additionally, Bolles (Fla.) goalie Garrett Jobe committed to newly-elevated DI program Queens Univeristy of Charlotte on July 5th. Originally from Colorado, Jobe impressed with the Bulldogs this past spring as he posted a 66.8% save percentage while helping his team to a state final four appearance. He was an All-State and All-American honoree.
Another Queens verbal, Lanier (Ga.) faceoff man Andrew Graham announced his commitment to the Royals on Saturday, July 16th. A starter since his freshman season, he went 230-for-268 (86%) at the dot last season while also scoring 26 goals and dishing out 26 assists.
Brady Dole is the lone Tar Heel State native who has committed since the beginning of July, verbaling to Canisius. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound defenseman started all 21 games for Northwest Guilford last spring and showcased not only an ability to put the ball on the ground, but also be able to run the field well. He recorded 38 caused turnovers, grabbed 46 ground balls, and also had six points (1G/5A).
Additionally, in late June Ardrey Kell (N.C.) midfielder Brooks Stankavage verbaled to Army West Point. A dual-sport athlete, Stankavage had 39 goals and 17 assists as the Knights’ second-leading point-getter.
Queens also grabbed a commitment out of the Sooner State this month, landing Defenseman Baris Edil, Jr. Playing for Capital City United (Okla.), the defenseman has a very unique story as he holds Turkish Citizenship and a member of the Turkish National Team. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman showcases solid size while also being a physical and technical on-ball defender.
The service academies were able to begin contacting 2024 recruits on July 1st and since that contact period opened one player from the South has come off the board as Culver (Ind.) midfielder Noah Ramirez verbaled to Navy on July 15th. A mid-year transfer to Culver from The Woodlands (Texas), Ramirez is a dynamic playmaker from up top who knows how to beat his man, get to space, and put the ball in the back of the net.