Jim Mitchell Building a Georgia Recruiting Pipeline at Bellarmine

Photo Courtesy of Tate Harran

When you look up past rosters for the Bellarmine Knights Canadians fill the page and you find a few American players scattered around. Players like Dillon Ward, Shawn Evans, Kyle Sorenson, and Taylor Stuart all played at Bellarmine before moving on to being great players in the NLL.

The Bellarmine Knights were built off of Canadian imports such as those guys mentioned above, as well as others. Bellarmine actually has had the most Canadian players amongst college lacrosse teams in the NCAA, 20 of which have played or are currently playing in the NLL. 

While the Knights still grab talent north of the border each year, five on the 2019 roster, another pipeline is starting to emerge as first year head coach Jim Mitchell and his staff have started to grab more and more players from Georgia. 

Currently there are just two players from Georgia on the Knights 2019 roster, sophomore midfielder Trent Thomas and senior attackman/midfielder Ian Miller. 

Bellarmine has eight players signed in the 2019 recruiting class. Out of those eight players two are from Atlanta area, attackman Benjamin O’Rourk and attackman Preston Rhodes. O’Rourk has been committed since 2017 and assistant coach Stephen Soriano was the main coach who recruited him. Rhodes committed this fall after Mitchell was hired at Bellarmine. 

In the 2020 recruiting class Bellarmine has two players committed so far and both are from Georgia and committed back in December.

North Atlanta (GA)/LB3 – 2020 defenseman Tommy Fialkowski and Walton (GA)/Thunder LB3 – 2020 midfielder Tate Harran are the two players currently committed to Bellarmine in the 2020 class. Both players committed to Bellarmine while having reported offers or interest from schools such as Jacksonville, Richmond, North Carolina, Marquette, and others. 

Since Jim Mitchell arrived at Bellarmine over the summer the Knights have gotten six combined commitments in the 2019 and 2020 classes and had only one player decommit. Eight of those six commitments came from players that are from Georgia. 

One of the big things to note is that Mitchell is getting players that may have not come to Bellarmine in the past. Under the past two regimes Bellarmine was a mere afterthought for most high school players. Some players that played at Bellarmine claimed they had never even heard of the school until they got an offer. 

It’s good to note that some of those players ended up being pretty darn good in a Knights uniform as well. 

Mitchell is changing the recruiting landscape at Bellarmine and it seems to be paying off at the moment. I’ve seen kids tweet graphics of their commitments and there is now the hashtag #SwingYourSword that has been use in recruiting with the Knights. It’s a whole new shakeup that has more of an Ohio State, or should I say Rutgers feel as Mitchell does come over to Bellarmime after being an assistant at Rutgers. 

While the number of Canadians that have played at Bellarmine will always be something Bellarmine fans can brag about, there has been a new flag planted down south in the Peach State. 

As the season gets underway the recruiting usually slows down, but don’t be surprised if you see more players in the 2020 class commit to Bellarmine. 


2020 Midfielder Frankel Commits to Hartford

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Everest Academy (ON)/ Evolve Elite – 2020 midfielder Nicholas Frankel has committed to play lacrosse at Hartford. The Colorado Native has transferred to Everest (ON) after his sophomore season.

The 5’9 165LB midfielder is a good 1v1 dodger and is seemingly able to get his hands free and get a shot off. He is very good playing off ball as he is able to find space to be able to get a good look on cage.

Frankel has some crafty stick skills, crispy passes, and is a very crafty shooter. Frankel isn’t just an offensive midfielder as he can be a threat on defense in transition as well. The fact that Frankel can get things done in multiple facets of the game is surely a plus and will help him at the next level.  

Frankel is the first player to commit to Hartford in the 2020 class. Hartford does have 14 players in the class of 2019. How ever, Hartford does have 14 players currently committed in the 2020 class 



Ontario Product Mayea Commits to High Point

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Coach Torpey and the Panthers have gotten a commitment from Brayden Mayea. The Windsor, ON native is another addition to the pipeline of Canadians heading south to play in the NCAA, and specifically High Point.

Mayea has a background in box lacrosse playing for the Windsor Clippers in the OJBLL where he was named the 2018 Western Conference Rookie of the Year. He was also drafted 14th overall in the OJALL draft by the Six Nations Arrows, but would only play in one game with them past summer. 

In the field game Mayea plays attack for Hardcor lacrosse which is a club program out of Ontario.

Mayea is very good at getting to the inside and beating his man from the Wings or behind the cage. Scoring inside seems to be where Mayea is most efficient. He is also very good at throwing the right fakes to get the goalie to move. Not only can Mayea be a threat inside and on the Wings, he can also push it out in transition and make something happen with his passing or shooting.

With the commitment of Mayea High Point now has four players committed in the 2020 recruiting class. Mayea joins midfielder Colin Cooke, faceoff man Jake Blevins, and defensemen Cory McDonald in that High Point 2020 recruiting class.