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The flood gates opened for the 2024 class on September 1st and in that time 19 players from the South in the class have found homes.
In total, there are 22 players in the 2024 class hailing from Southern states who have committed to play DI lacrosse. Virginia leads the way with seven commits while North Carolina and Texas each have four. Florida has three. Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina each have one.
Here is a state-by-state breakdown of some of the top/most intriguing commitments across the South since the contact period opened.
Two years. Two high level goalie recruits hailing from the Heart of Dixie.
Daphne (Ala.) goalie Troy Capstraw is the second elite goalie recruit in as many years from the state of Alabama, along with 2023 Georgetown commit Anderson Moore. The 6-foot-5 keeper verbaled to Lars Tiffany and the Virginia Cavaliers September 7th and was the second commit in the class for the ACC power.
Rated as a four-star by Inside Lacrosse, Capstraw takes up the cage with his size while also having extremely quick hands. He is coming off a sophomore spring in which he helped lead his Bayhawks team to a GSLL title and was named a First-Team All-Star.
In total, the Sunshine State has three players committed to DIs in the 2024 class. However, only one of those came during the past month.
Midfielder Caden Harshbarger (Lake Mary, Fla.) committed to North Carolina last weekend, becoming the first true 2024 from Florida to verbal and giving the Tar Heels two players from the South in its current eight-man class.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound righty is heralded as one of the best midfielders and overall athletes of the cycle. He is rated as a five-star and ranked as the No. 9 overall player in the class of 2024 by Inside Lacrosse. A big time dodger with good speed and a quick first step, Harshbarger is coming off a spring season in which he put up 79 points off 44 goals and 35 assists.
Buford (Ga.) attackman Evan Leonardo is the lone 2024 commitment out of the Peach State thus far. He verbaled to High Point on September 16th.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound attackman has shown to be a great all-around playmaker, especially above the cage. He is coming off a spring season in which he put up 83 points off 42 goals and 41 assists.
Arguably the best player to ever come put of the Bluegrass, St. Xavier (Ky.) attackman Trevor Havill was the first ’24 verbal to Ohio State on September 14th.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder has great attributes with his size and speed. The righty is a quarterback on the football field and carries many of those intangibles over to the lacrosse field. An especially good shooter and initiator from the wings, he is coming off an exceptionally strong sophomore spring in which he put up 122 points while helping lead the Tigers to their 15th Kentucky state championship.
The Tar Heels State saw four 2024s verbal to DIs during the month of September. And the two most noteworthy moves have been Brevin Wilson (Cannon, N.C.) verbaling to North Carolina and Jack Ransom (Charlotte Catholic, N.C.) choosing to take his talents to Georgetown. Both are attackmen.
Wilson will be following his brother, ’23 goalie Brayson, to Chapel Hill. The 5-foot-7, 155-pound attackman is coming off a 100-point (55G/45A) sophomore campaign last spring. Rated as a four-star and ranked as the No. 48th player in the class by Inside Lacrosse, Wilson has possesses a quick burst of speed which has helped him become a very dangerous dodging threat from practically anywhere on the field.
Ransom stands 5-foot-11, 168-pounds and is regarded as the top prospect from the Tar Heel State of the cycle. A high IQ attackman, Ransom has prove to be one heck of a shooter who knows how to both get to and create space. He put up 122 points on 61 goals and 61 assists last spring. Ransom is rated as a four-star by Inside Lacrosse and ranked as the No. 39 player in the class by NLF.
In addition to those two, midfielder Cole Frood (Cannon, N.C.) committed to Brown while attackman Brady Dolan (Cardinal Gibbons, N.C.) verbaled to Marist. Frood is a tough dodger and versatile all-around playmaker who is coming off a spring season in which he put up 38 goals and 22 assists. Dolan is a lefty playmaker who is coming off a 45-point campaign in spring with the Crusaders.
The Palmetto State has seen one player verbal in the 2024 class thus far with Lucy Beckham (S.C.) defenseman Garrett Coombs having committed to Saint Joseph’s back on September 10th.
At 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, Coombs has the ideal size and length for a DI defender. He couples that size with good speed, footwork, all-around movement, and defensive IQ. A great cover man, Coombs isn’t the most physical defender out there but knows how to turn away his man and throw those timely checks to put the ball on the ground. Coombs helped lead Luck Beckham to its first state title last spring.
Of the three commitments coming from Lone Star State natives over the past month, the most notable by far is Episcopal School Dallas (Texas) A/M Sean Browne verbaling to the Virginia Cavaliers.
A member of what is arguably the best overall class at this point, the 6-foot-5 Browne is ranked as the No. 17 player in the class by Inside Lacrosse and presents some of the best physical attributes of anyone in the class. Coming from a basketball background, Browne moves incredibly well and has one heck of a first step. Having the ability to thrive at both attack and midfield, Browne put up 56 goals and 40 assists last spring for ESD.
Taft (Conn.) attackman Sam Lovell is one of the other two 2024s hailing from Texas who verbaled to a DI last month, committing to play for the Air Force Falcons. Lovell has routinely showcased and impressive ability to get to get to his right hand and put the ball in the back of the net, whether from outside or in close.
Lawrenceville (N.J.) midfielder Mason Vance was the third Texas native to verbal to a DI last month. The middie has shown to be a very capable playmaker from up top and uses his speed very well. He exhibits a great deal of toughness with his play.
Old Dominion has produced the most amount of DI commits through the first month of the 2024 cycle of any Southern State with six players having made decisions in September.
The most notable among those moves came in the early days of the cycle as St. John’s (D.C.) with attackman Ryan Duenkel committing to play for the Virginia Cavaliers on September 4th. A native of Great Falls, Va., he has very strong ties to the Cavaliers with his brother, Justin, being a kicker in football for UVA. His dad, Doug, also played football for the Wahoos.
Duenkel stands 5-foot-8, 162-pounds and is ranked as the No. 1 player in the class by Inside Lacrosse. An especially good goal-scorer, the highly-regarded junior is coming off an 80-point (51G/29A) sophomore campaign last spring in which he helped the Cadets to a 19-0 record and a WCAC title.
Additionally, Michigan has picked up commitments from Paul VI (Va.) defenseman Ryan Kehoe and St. Christopher’s (Va.) faceoff man Liam Wright. St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.) attackman Payton committed to Cornell. Patrick Henry (Va.) midfielder Bodie Kahoun verbaled to Ohio State while a pair of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) attackmen made their decisions with Luke Pascal deciding on Yale and Bryce Gunn choosing Boston U.
A 6-foot-3 pole, Kehoe is a very versatile pole who can impact the game at close or LSM. He grabbed 17 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers last spring. Wright served as the top faceoff man for St. Christopher’s last spring and shows quick hands and a no-quit attitude at the dot.
Booth is coming off a spring season with the Saints where he tallied 102 points off 60 goals and 42 assists. He exhibits great vision as a passer and understands spacing very well as he is able to get into those seams off-ball.
Kahoun stands 6-foot-2, 202-pounds and is an exceptional athlete. He is a very strong downhill dodger who plays with a certain level of physicality and exemplifies a ton of athleticism as a potential two-way threat.
Pascal has great size at 6-foot-4, 195-pounds. Playing mostly at the midfield position in the spring, he put up 40 points off 30 goals and 10 assists. He has shown an exceptional ability to get by defenders and get his hands free for the score, and do so no matter where he is on the field.
Gunn has shown to be a smart off-ball player and dangerous shooter who can absolutely sting the back of the cage. He had 49 points last spring.
Full List of 2024 Commits From The South (Oct. 1st, 1:00pm)
|Player||Position||High School||Commitment||Conference||Commitment Date||Home State||Notes|
|Noah Prissert||Defense||Oxbridge||Brown||Ivy League||1/19/2022||Florida||Reclass|
|Koby White||Midfield||Lake Mary||Syracuse||ACC||3/10/2022||Florida||Reclass|
|Noah Ramirez||A/M||Culver Military||Navy||Patriot League||7/15/2022||Texas|
|Ryan Duenkel||Attack||St. John’s (D.C.)||Virginia||ACC||9/4/2022||Virginia|
|Brevin Wilson||Attack||Cannon||North Carolina||ACC||9/5/2022||North Carolina|
|Garrett Coombs||Defense||Lucy Beckham||St. Joe’s||A-10||9/10/2022||South Carolina|
|Ryan Kehoe||Defense||Paul VI||Michigan||Big Ten||9/12/2022||Virginia|
|Sam Lovell||Attack||Taft||Air Force||ASUN||9/13/2022||Texas|
|Trevor Havill||Attack||St. X||Ohio State||Big Ten||9/14/2022||Kentucky|
|Evan Leonardo||Attack||Buford||High Point||A-10||9/16/2022||Georgia|
|Peyton Booth||Attack||STAB||Cornell||Ivy League||9/18/2022||Virginia|
|Brady Dolan||Attack||Cardinal Gibbons||Marist||MAAC||9/19/2022||North Carolina|
|Bodie Kahoun||Midfield||Patrick Henry||Ohio State||Big Ten||9/19/2022||Virginia|
|Luke Pascal||Attack||St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes||Yale||Ivy League||9/19/2022||Virginia|
|Mason Vance||Midfield||Lawrenceville (N.J.)||Michigan||Big Ten||9/21/2022||Texas|
|Liam Wright||Faceoff||St. Christopher’s||Michigan||Big Ten||9/21/2022||Virginia|
|Caden Harshbarger||Midfield||Lake Mary||North Carolina||ACC||9/25/2022||Florida|
|Jack Ransom||Attack||Charlotte Catholic||North Carolina||Big East||9/26/2022||North Carolina|
|Cole Frood||Midfield||Cannon||Brown||Ivy League||9/27/2022||North Carolina|
|Bryce Gunn||Attack||St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes||Boston U.||Patriot League||9/30/2022||Virginia|