High School Lacrosse Superlatives: Georgia

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It’s January, which means lacrosse season is right around the corner. In the many southern states, the high school lacrosse season is a month away or sooner, especially this year.

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Parker Cyr Talks Junior Season, Updates Recruiting

 

 

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Junior defenseman Parker Cyr out of Mill Creek (GA) was able to start talking to college coaches on September 1st of 2018. On September 1st, Cyr was one of 88 players that attended the Inside Lacrosse Midnight Mania event where he got showcase and test his skills up against some of the best players in the country. 

Like many other juniors across the country Cyr has been fielding interest from multiple DI schools at various different level since that September 1st contact period back in the fall. 

Cyr has stated that he is currently talking or has interest from Fairfield, Saint Joseph’s, Hobart, and Utah at this point in time. As far as visiting schools Cyr said, “I haven’t really taken any visits. My parents and I decided to wait until this spring to visit schools. It has given me time to think about what I really want.” 

When asked about when we can expect a decision Cyr said, “My parents and I put a lot of thought into this and decided that I should wait until the end of the spring or summer. We just felt it would be best if I took my time and got to see all of my options.”

Cyr is set to begin his junior campaign with Mill Creek on February 14th as they will take on Greater Atlanta Christian in an away contest to open the season. 

Last season as a sophomore Cyr helped lead Mill Creek to the second round of the GHSA state tournament where they lost to Allatoona 7-10. 

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound aggressive on-ball defender has high hopes for himself as well as his team in 2019. Cyr said that his personal goals for this season are to make first-team all state, improve his agility, and to work on becoming a better leader through his actions.

Team wise, Cyr said that while they are fairly young this season he believes they have a ton of potential and nothing will stop them from chasing a state title. 

 

 

Amiri Austin Talks Recruitment and Upcoming Junior Season

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Last season as a sophomore at Allatoona (GA) Amiri Austin helped lead his team to the GHSA quarterfinals where they lost to eventual state champions Centennial. The 5-foot-9, 155 pound shifty attackman is set for his junior year as Austin he hopes to help lead his team even further as a junior in 2019.

Austin said his major goal this season is obviously to help his team win a state championship just like every year. But personally, Austin is eyeing to try to reach 80 points this season while also making 1st or 2nd team All-State. 

As a junior Austin was able to start being contacted by college coaches on September 1st of 2018. Austin spent September 1st playing in Inside Lacrosse’s inaugural Midnight Manis event at Delaware Stadium. Austin was one of 88 elite players that attended the inaugural event. 

Since that September 1st date of 2018 Austin has been fielding interest from multiple DI programs, but has yet to receive an offer from any school at the moment. 

Austin stated that he has received interest from Canisius, Hofstra, Mercer, Cleveland State, Furman, and High Point. As far as who has is pushing the hardest Austin said, “Some schools have obviously pushed harder for visits earlier in the process but every school has been about the same.” 

The attackman has taken one visit so far, and that was to Mercer. Austin is planning on taking a visit to Canisius in April and Cleveland State over the summer. As far as making a decision Austin said that will likely come in the spring or early in the summer.

Austin will begin his junior season with Allatoona on February 15th as they take on Pope (GA) in their first game of the season. 

 

2019 Hillgrove (GA) Midfielder Receives Second Offer From DII Power Limestone

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NCAA Division II powerhouse has extended an offer to Hillgrove senior Midfielder Khory Reid. The 6-foot, 195 pound midfielder announced the news on Twitter last night. 

Limestone is the second school to offer the midfielder in the past month. Reid received his first offer from DI Mercer back on January 20th. Reid told Lacrosse Bucket last month that he was talking to Limestone and he had taken a visit to Mercer. 

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 comparisions between Sergio Perkovic with his shooting and Jimmy Bitter with his quickness and ability to dodge and feed. 

 

Jim Mitchell Building a Georgia Recruiting Pipeline at Bellarmine

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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 Will Stax Commits to Air Force

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The Falcons picked up their second commitment this week with Milton (GA)/LB3 – 2020 attackman Will Stax announcing his commitment on Friday afternoon. Stax is Air Force’s 15th commit in the 2020 class. 

Stax’s commitment comes just one day after the number 92 player in the 2020 class Tommy Marcoon announced his commitment to the Falcons. 

The dual-sport athlete play football as well as lacrosse. Stax is a fast midfielder who uses his speed to push early transition between the restraining lines. He has the skill set to play both ways as he can get it done on both ends of the field. 

As a shooter Stax is able to find or create open space for himself to get the ball and get a shot off. His crisp passes and vision really help him be a feeder that can fins the open man in multiple spots on the field. As a dodger he is best from up top but can get it done from multiple spots on the field with his speed and athleticism. 

With Stax committed Air Force now has 15 players currently committed in the class of 2020. View Air Force’s 2020 recruiting class here.

 

 

Mercer Picks up 2020 In-State Defenseman Logan Tucker

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Mercer has gotten a commitment from Mill Creek (GA)/LB3 – 2020 defenseman Logan Tucker. The 5’11 160LB junior defenseman is the second commitment for Mercer in the 2020 class.

This commitment from Logan Tucker comes after a visit to Mercer over the weekend. He has also visited Utah in the last month as well.

Tucker is the type of player that can cover a ton of ground on defense and make those sideline to sideline plays. He is a good cover man that can really disrupt his man and cause turnovers to happen.

In transition Tucker is a threat as well. He can really push the ball up the field after a turnover and has the skills to make something happen as well. Tucker definitely has the ability to run as a Long Stick Midfielder (LSM) as well as close defense.

With the addition of Tucker Mercer now has two commits in the class of 2020. Currently, the Bears other 2020 commit is Dublin Jerome (OH)/Haymakers LC defensemen Zach Dubois.

An extra little nugget is that there are now three players named Logan Tucker Committed to DI schools in the class of 2020.