Penn State has gotten a big commitment as Canyon Birch announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions. Birch’s commitment to Penn State comes just a few days after his decommitment from Army went public.
The attackman out of Manasquan (NJ)/ Leading Edge Elite is ranked as the number 15 player in the 2019 class and rated as a 5-star, according to Inside Lacrosse. Birch tallied an impressive 175 points (123G, 52A) as a junior at Manasquan.
Birch is a strong and speedy attackman. He is able to use his speed and quickness to be able to turn the corner and find the back of the net. As a shooter he is able to be a threat multiple spots on the field. He can do some damage inside as well as outside.
One of Birch’s best assets as a player is his ability to find space and get open. Birch is very good off ball and can seemingly find the holes in a defense to be able to get a shot off or pass. Birch is also be a very good dodger as well and has been compared to the likes of players such as Matt Rambo.
With Birch now committed to Penn State the Nittany Lions have 16 players committed in the 2019 recruiting class. Birch joins a class at Penn State that includes 6 4-stars, including LSM Sam Sweeney, midfielder Jackson Reynolds, and others. Birch is the only 5-star prospect in this Penn State class.
You can view Penn State’s full 2019 recruiting class via Inside Lacrossehere.
Drew Kelleher and the Manhattan Jaspers have landed a commitment from 2020 defenseman Mikey Rasa out of Wayne Hills (NJ)/ NJ Riot. Rasa is the second player to commit to Manhattan in the 2020 recruiting cycle.
The 5-foot-8, 160 pound Rasa is a physical on ball defender that can throw a hefty amount of checks on an opposing offensive player. Rasa is able to put the ball on the carpet and force turnovers.
While Rasa is a gritty hard-nosed defender he is also able to take the ball up field and into the offensive box. With his athleticism he also has the skill set to play the LSM position if needed.
Manhattan gains their second commitment in the 2020 recruiting with Rasa. In Manhattan’s 2020 recruiting class Rasa joins Corning (NY) attackman Quinn Bowler.
The defending NEC champions Robert Morris landed a commitment from 2020 faceoff/midfielder Steve DelleMonache out of St. Augustine Prep (NJ). Andrew McMinn and the Colonials pick up their second commitment of the 2020 cycle with DelleMonache.
The 5-foot-7, 180 pound DelleMonache said his decision was very close between Robert Morris and UMass Lowell. DelleMonache also visited St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart as well.
“The style of play and they way the staff uses the players on the team made it the best decision for me,” DelleMonache said.
DelleMonache is the only faceoff man committed to the Colonials in the 2020 or 2019 classes. Robert Morris has two currently on the roster in sophomore Michael Autry and junior Trey Arnold.
When asked about how he felt he would fit in at Robert Morris DelleMonache said, “I never would have expected to fit in with a group of guys that I had never met as much as I did with the guys at Robert Morris, There is a big culture of goal setting and that is what I have built my whole career around.”
“I also believe that my ability to lead transition and fast breaks off the faceoff can help this team win more possessions, and get some more points on the board.”
DelleMonache said he never stressed about the recruiting process because he knew that could effect his play, and that the looks would come. DelleMonache had been communicating with Robert Morris head coach Andrew McMinn since December of 2018.
DelleMonache is set to begin his junior year with the St. Augustine Prep (NJ) Hermits on March 30th as they open their season up against Moorestown (NJ). DelleMonache’s main goal this season is to lead the Hermits to a Non Public A championship, as well as a TOC championship for the first time in school history.
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This past weekend was full of players committing to continue their lacrosse career’s at the next level. In total there were five player that committed to play DI lacrosse. These commitments came mostly from players in the class of 2020 as well as one commitment coming from the 2019.
Maryland, Robert Morris, Cleveland State, Air Force, and Marist all landed a commitment in the 2020 class. Drexel received a commitment in the 2019 class over the weekend.
2019 Weekend Commitments
Drexel received a commitment from 2019 St. Mary’s (MD)/ Annapolis Hawks midfielder Ryan Jones
Marist got a commitment from 2020 defenseman Noah Arenson out of Holly Springs (NC)/ Team 91 Carolina
Excited to announce that I have verbally committed to Marist College to play Divison 1 lacrosse. I want to thank my Family, Friends, Teammates, and Coaches for getting me to this point in my career! #EC34pic.twitter.com/icwcas4z8s
St Augustine Prep (NJ) junior faceoff/ midfielder Steven DelleMonache committed to Robert Morris
Blessed to announce that I have committed to play Division 1 Lacrosse at Robert Morris University. Huge thanks to my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for helping me get to the point where I am and become the man that I am today. pic.twitter.com/Iyv85JjNQz
Cleveland State landed a commitment from 2020 Vinney HS (MO) defenseman Jordan Celeslie
I’m very excited to announce my commitment to play Division 1 lacrosse at Cleveland State University. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years through this process. #GoVikespic.twitter.com/hV0XVLCN8R