Sean Cameron Flips From Harvard to Princeton

 

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Junior Bishop Guertin (N.H.)/ NH Tomahawks midfielder has flipped his commitment from Harvard to Princeton. The midfielder is the first recruit to flip from Harvard following Chris Wojick’s firing as the Crimson’s head coach. 

Sean Cameron is the younger brother of North Carolina freshman Brian Cameron and Northwestern senior Kristen Cameron. 

This is the second time hat Cameron has flipped his commitment as he flipped from Maryland to Harvard back in the fall following the September 1st contact date. 

Cameron is somewhat of a sniper from up top, being able to beat his man and get off accurate shots on the run. He also has the ability to be able to catch and shoot very effectively from up top and on the wings as well. The midfielder also has a good array of dodging ability from multiple spots. 

Princeton has now flipped two 2020’s over the past five months with Poway (Calif.) midfielder Marquez White flipping from Syracuse to Princeton back in November.

2020 Defenseman Ross Burgmaster Commits to Notre Dame

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Notre Dame has picked a big commitment in the 2020 class as Auburn (N.Y.)/Sweetlax defenseman Ross Burgmaster has committed to the Irish. The defenseman is rated as a 4-star and currently ranked as the number 77th player in the 2020 class, according to Inside Lacrosse. Burgmaster is a dual-sport athlete, playing Hockey as well. 

Burgmaster was originally committed to Albany back in 2016 before the recruiting rules changed. Burgmaster’s two older brothers, Jack and Alex, both play for Albany and are a senior and a sophomore. Burgmaster decommitted from back in mid-September. 

He isn’t the biggest defenseman out there, but he is very strong and is able to lockdown his opponent. Burgmaster is a great off-ball defender as he is great at timing slides and recovering as well. He is a hard-nosed and aggressive takeaway defender who can fit into Notre Dame’s system quite nicely. 

Burgmaster joins a 2020 class at Notre Dame that is highlighted by 5-star midfielder Carter Parlette out of Ponte Vedra (Fla.). Of the six recruits currently committed to Notre Dame in the 2020 class, Burgmaster is the only defenseman and the second highest rated prospect. 

Recruiting Notebook: Pair of Georgian’s Announce Commitments

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Over the past few days, we have seen two played announce their commitment to play lacrosse at DI schools. Both of those commitments happened to have come from players out of Georgia. Patrick Deans from Lambert (Ga.) and Khory Reid from Hillgrove (Ga.) both announced their commitments over the past week. 

2020 Lambert (Ga.) defenseman Patrick Deans announced his commitment to Johns Hopkins earlier this week. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound Deans is a dual-sport athlete, playing football as well. The athletic defenseman has good footwork, throws accurate checks, and is a fiery on-ball defender.

He is able to put the ball on the ground and can clear the ball very effectively. Deans has the speed and stick skills to take the ball down to the offensive zone himself if needed. In Deans draws similar comparisons to former Johns Hopkins defenseman Nick Fields. 

Hillgrove (Ga.) 2020 midfielder Khory Reid announced his commitment to Mercer over the past week as well. The midfielder is a dual-sport athlete playing football at Hillgrove (Ga.) as well. Reid is a big outside shooter who is good dodging from up top and shooting on the run. he can also get it done inside and off of the catch as well.

Reid is also a great feeder being able to make crisp passes, sometimes in difficult situations. Reid draws comparisons between Sergio Perkovic with his shooting and Jimmy Bitter with his quickness and ability to dodge and feed. 

 

 

Recruiting Notebook: Hampton, LIU, and Hartford Land Commitments

 

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Over the weekend we saw Hampton, LIU, and Hartford all land commitments. Hartford got two 2019 commitments, while LIU and Hampton just got one commitment each from a player in the class of 2019. 

Hampton got a commitment from 2019 Northwest (Md.)/Maryland Xtreme goalie Kenny Yeaher. The 5-foot-6, 135 pound goalie has good footwork, technique, and has very quick hands. He can make saves from multiple angles and coming from different ranges. Yeaher seems most comfortable saving midrange and long shots. He is also great at stopping anything that goes low, and he know how to use his body as well. 

2019 Comsewohue (N.Y.) midfielder Sean Kennedy announced his commitment to LIU over the weekend. The midfielder will be part of the first DI recruiting class for LIU as they move up next season. Kennedy is a dual-sport athlete as he plays football as well. He is able to use his athleticism all over the field, making plays multiple different ways. 

Hartford picked up two 2019 commitments over the weekend from Silver Creek (N.Y.) attackman Dylan Snow and Cherokee (N.J.) defenseman William Smith

Smith is a good on-ball defender and know how to use his size and frame to his advantage. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound defenseman is very good at hustling to scoop up ground balls. 

As a 6-foot-1, 188 pound attackman, Snow is able to put the ball in the back of the net from multiple spots on the field. He is able to beat his man and sting the back of the cage from in close and midrange. 

 

Recruiting Notebook: McKenna Commits to Utah, Abramovitz to Air Force

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So far this week Utah has picked up a commitment in the 2020 class, and Air Force landed a 2019 in-state commitment. Utah picked up a commitment from Kevin McKenna and Issac Abramovitz committed to Air Force. Both players announced their commitments on Monday night. 

2020 Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) midfielder Kevin McKenna announced his commitment to Utah on Monday night. The junior chose Utah over Sacred Heart, Stony Brook, Marist, Albany, and Bryant. McKenna took his official visit to Utah back in January. 

The junior midfielder dual-sport athlete, playing football as well. McKenna is a good dodger as he can explode past his defender and get off a quick shot from up top or on the wings. McKenna can be a threat as a shooter or a feeder from all over the field and has the skill-set to play as a defensive midfielder as well. He knows how to use his speed, quickness, and size to his advantage on both ends of the field. 

Air Force picked up a commitment from 2019 Rock Canyon (Colo.) goalie Isaac Abramovitz. He is another commitment added to a huge class that the Falcons currently have. 

The 6-foot, 190-pound goalie is able to make saves from a variation of different ranges. Abramovitz is very good at saving outside shots and shots coming from down the alley. The goalie is able to get himself in the right position to make the play at any time. Abramovitz is also able to clear the ball very well and make the right decision. He can also come out of the cage to walk the ball up during a clearing situation. 

 

Recruiting Notebook: Cali-bred Goalie Flips to LIU, Bucknell Grabs an In-State 2020 Attackman

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In today’s recruiting notebook we look at some of the recent commitments made over the past week. Over the past few days we have seen senior (2019) Proctor Academy (N.H.) goalie Will Mark has flip from Vermont to LIU Post and junior (2020) Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) attackman Ethan Gyllenhaal commit to Bucknell. 

2019 attackman out of Proctor Academy (N.H.) Will Mark has flipped his commitment from Vermont to LIU Post, who is moving to DI in 2019-20 and will be known as just LIU. A California native, Mark lived in California and played for Monte Vista (Ca.) prior to playing for Salisbury (Conn.), reclassifying from a 2018 to a 2019, and then transferring to Proctor (N.H.) after last season. 

The goalie is quick and seems to be able to make stops from multiple different angles. His hands are very quick and his foot work is speedy, which gives him an instant edge. Mark is able to stop shots on the doorstep, outside rips, and shots on the run off of alley dodges. 

Bucknell got a 2020 in-state commitment from Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.)/Big 4HHH junior attackman Ethan Gyllenhaal. The junior is the 11th player to commit to Bucknell in the 2020 class and second this week to do so. 

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound attackman has great finishing ability, being able to do so from multiple spots on and around the crease. Gyllenhall can run down the middle and finish inside, cut to the crease looking for the dish, or finish in traffic. He can also rip it from the outside and feed as well. 

 

Recruiting Notebook: Bucknell Picks up Ontario Bred LSM, Furman Grabs a 2019

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Over the past few days we have seen two players in two different classes announce their commitment to play DI lacrosse. Furman picked up a commitment in the 2019 class while Bucknell grabbed a 2020 commitment. 

St. Michael’s College High School (Ont.)/ Edge LSM Max Naysmith announced his commitment to Bucknell early this week.

The 5-foot-10, 170 pound junior may be on the smaller side, but he is a hustler. Chasing down ground balls and exploding off the ground he is able to jump-start the offense in transition. Naysmith can be a threat on both ends of the field, having the stick skills to move the ball and dish assist as well. Naysmith also plays box for Mimico and you can see the box influence in his game. 

Furman picked up a commitment from New Albany (Ohio)/Haymakers midfielder Brode White. The 6-foot, 190 pound senior is a dual-sport athlete, playing football as well.

A good dodger from up top, White is able to beat his man and either shoot on the run coming down the middle or take the long outside rip. White is good at running in transition and being able to find the open man and make the right pass. He can also operate well in a pick and roll situations from up top, running as the passer or the picker. He should be able to fit into that Furman offensive system pretty well. White’s brother Andre currently plays at Hartford. 

 

 

New NCAA Recruiting Proposal Could Impact Lacrosse Recruiting Legislation

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Over the past decade or so early recruiting was rampant and eventually created a somewhat “toxic-like” environment around the sport at the club and high school level. That issue has since been resolved with the new recruiting legislation that the IWLCA and IMLCA worked very hard to get put in place that banned communication between coaches and recruits until September 1st of their junior year of high school. 

Here is 2019 we are coming up on the third year of that legislation and this 2021 class is truly the first class to go through their entire high school career with these new rules in place. Outside of a few players that committed early or reclassified most of the class of 2021 is not committed and hasn’t been heavily recruited. 

There is a new NCAA recruiting proposal that could change the new lacrosse recruiting legislation, as it would affect every sport besides football, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s ice hockey. Baseball submitted an amendment to be exempt as well.

Known as Proposal 2018-93, it would permit phone calls, emails, and text messaging to begin on June 15th at the end of a players sophomore year of high school. Visits would be permitted starting on August 1st of that same summer. Many college coaches do not like this change as the sport just went through a change, and coaches are just getting adjusted to the September 1st date. 

On February 1st the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has submitted an amendment for lacrosse to be exempt from this new proposal, thus retaining the September 1st contact date. Proposal 2018-93 will be voted on at the NCAA Division I council meeting, April 17-19. 

Many college lacrosse coaches do not want this new proposal as they claim it will bring back the ‘rush’ in the summer that hasn’t been there in nearly two years with the new recruiting proposal. Coaches will now have to evaluate and talk to players during the summer when they have been able to evaluate players, consult with their staff, narrow down their board, and then make those calls in the fall. 

There is also a fear that players will be getting offers before they are even allowed to take their official visits, which is after the lacrosse dead period of August 1-15. Also, splitting the contact and contact dates could make it harder for NCAA compliance offices to regulate recruiting. 

While coaches may be very up in arms about this potential change it isn’t really that bad of an idea. Players will have an entire summer to get evaluated, talk to coaches, and field offers. The players can then use the fall to take visits and narrow it down instead of making what you would call “impulse commitments”, which we have seen in the past and was a product of early recruiting. The proof there is in the amount of transfers lacrosse has seen over the past 5-10 years. 

Right now proposal 2018-93 is just that, a proposal. Until it is voted on and potentially past we will not know if it will in fact effect lacrosse or not, but there is the real possibility of it doing so. 

 

 

Recruiting Notebook: Albany and Bryant Offer McKenna, Barthelme Commits to Hobart

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Over the past week a few commitment have been announced as Cornell and Hobart both picked up 2019 commits. We also saw Albany and Bryant added to the list of offers for Stepinac (N.Y.) A/M junior Kevin McKenna.

St. Paul’s (Md.)/Baltimore Crabs 2019 attackman Troy Barthelme announced his commitment to Hobart. Barthelme was committed to Air Force until decompiling back in December of 2018. 

The 6-foot-7 attackman can dodge and moves very well all over the field. He is very good a dodging from behind the cage at ‘X’ and being able to do an inside roll to get to the cage. Mixed with his dodging ability, Barthelme is a great passer and can also finish inside and rip it from midrange. A  basketball player as well, you can see that influence on his game for sure. 

Cornell has picked up a commitment from 2019 midfielder Michael Jackman out of HardCor (Ont.)/Oakville Buzz Jr.A. Jackman is the 13th player to commit to Cornell in the 2019 class. 

With that box lacrosse background Jackman should be able to fit into Cornell’s offense very well with the style of play they have on the offensive side of the ball. Jackman can shoot, feed, and dodge from multiple spots on the field. He is also pretty good in transition as well. 

2020 Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) attackman/midfielder Kevin McKenna has picked up offers this week from Bryant and Albany. McKenna is a dual-sport athlete playing football and lacrosse. McKenna also has offers from Marist, Utah, Stony Brook, and Sacred Heart.

 

Recruiting Notebook: Colgate, Jacksonville, St. Bonaventure Land Commitments

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Over the past few days we have seen multiple commitments from players in the class of 2020 and 2019. Colgate picked up a commitment on Sunday, while Jacksonville got a commitment Monday night and St. Bonaventure landed a commitment on Tuesday morning. 

Highland Park (Texas)/Texas Cowboys LSM/defenseman Andrew Bonnet announced his commit to Colgate on Sunday. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior is a dual-sport athlete, playing outside linebacker in football as well. 

Bonnet is able to use his speed and athleticism to cover a lot of ground on the defensive end of the field and push the ball up the field on fast breaks. He can throw takeaway checks when defending on ball and disrupts the offense, getting in the passing lanes. The junior can also shoot and handle the ball as well. 

Jacksonville picked up an 2019 in-state commitment on Monday as Cardinal Mooney (Fla.) faceoff/midfielder Alec Frank announced his commitment to the Dolphins. The senior is a valuable asset at the midfield as well as at the faceoff dot. 

Frank is able to win the draw in various different ways and get that offense started. He can also stay on the offensive side and help contribute there as well. When winning the draw cleanly Frank is able to jump start that offense and either shoot or pass in the fast break. 

Former Merrimack commit Cam Germain has decided on St. Bonaventure, announcing his commitment on Tuesday morning. The defenseman out of Victor (N.Y.)/ 3d-2020 his able to use his length to his advantage on the field. 

He is able to cover guys multiple spots on the field and also has the stick skills to take the ball up the field and can do some damage on the offensive end if needed. Germain hustles on slides and gets those tough ground balls as well.