While many parts of the country may only be a at the halfway point of the 2021 high school season, many states in the South are either on the back half of the regular season or already in playoff mode, except for the NCHSAA (North Carolina) who crowned their state champions almost a full month ago.
McKinney High School (TX)/ West Coast Starz junior midfielder Cameron Johnson has committed to UMass. Johnson is the fifth player in the 2020 class to commit to UMass and the second midfielder.
The 6-0, 175lb midfielder is a good dodger who can beat his man from multiple spots on the field. Johnson has a good lacrosse IQ and is able to make the right play, whether it’s a shot or pass. As a shooter he is able to put the ball in the back of the cage from outside, in traffic, as well as inside.
Johnson also has the ability to invert as an attackman as he can make play around the crease and go to work behind the cage at X. He is also capable of playing defensive midfield if needed as he can cause problems on that end of the field as well, especially in the ride.
UMass now has five players committed in the 2020 class with Cameron Johnson now committed. Johnson joins Grant Breyo from Buford (GA) as the second midfielder committed to UMass in the 2020 class.
View the full 2020 recruiting class for UMass via Inside Lacrosse here.
The high school lacrosse season is on the horizon and this season there are some very good teams across the country that will be very competitive not only in their state or region, but nationally as well. Of course some of the traditional powers will be on this list, but there are also some teams that the casual fan might not know all the much about.
*Note: List is in no particular order.*
Culver Military Academy (IN)
Culver has been one of the most dominant high school teams in the country for the better part of about a decade or so. They always have some of the best players from the US and Canada on their team and Coach Posner does a great job of coaching them up and getting all that talent to play as one unit. Being a Military boarding school helps with that as well I should say. This season the Eagles have 19 current division one commits and more to come on this 2019 squad. This team has future pro’s at every position and it will be very hard for any team to stop them. After watching Culver about four times last season and seeing what they have back, I honestly think this may be the best Culver team we have seen to date.
The Hill Academy (ON)
The Hill Academy out of Ontario has won the first two Geico High School Lacrosse Nationals. Each year Hill get’s more talent and keeps getting better. The Merrill’s have built something special with the Hill Academy and that just keeps on continuing. With 13 current Division one commits on their roster the Hill looks just as good as ever. Just like many other sports centric prep schools they have future college stars and pro’s all over the place and they are going to win and win a lot. No doubt about that. I honestly can’t wait to see how this Hill team has improved with some of their younger studs back from last year.
IMG Academy (FL)
Yeah, it was a shaky year for IMG in 2018 as they didn’t have near the amount of success they were looking for. Fortunately for the Ascenders they have a lot of talent back, as expected of a school like IMG, and they are looking to rebound. With 11 players currently committed to play Division One lacrosse IMG will be competitors on the national stage again this season, and hopefully improve a lot from last year.
The prep school out of Connecticut has pro and Division one talent all up and down the field. The Crimson Knights do lose a lot of great players from last season, but they return just as much talent as they lost with 20 players currently committed to play Division One lacrosse. Salisbury looks to be right up there again this season competing for a national championship along with the rest of the big boys as usual. They will be led by senior midfielder and Duke commit Connor Drake, amongst others.
Calvert Hall (MD)
Calvert Hall is a perennial power in the MIAA and always have a lot of talent, even though they graduated a slew of seniors in 2018. The Cardinals are coming off of two straight MIAA A conference championship’s and have a ton of talent back, as always. The Cardinals are led by 2019 Ohio State commits midfielder Grant Mitchell and defenseman Jacob Snyder.
Ponte Vedra (FL)
The Sharks look to be the favorites to win it all in Florida this year as they have one of the best teams in the country and play a pretty tough schedule as well with teams like Calvert Hall (MD), Episcopal Dallas (TX), and others on the schedule. The Sharks will be led by junior midfielders Dylan Hess who is committed to Georgetown and Carter Parlette who is a Notre Dame commit, as well as a whole host of other player heading to DI schools.
A power in the south McCallie is loaded with talent this season just as they have been in the past as well. Head Coach Troy Kemp and the Blue Tornado feature eight current DI commits this season. They are for sure the favorite in Division I in Tennessee this season. They are led by senior defenseman Cam Henry who is heading to Duke, senior midfielder and Ohio State commit Eli Ensor. as well as junior midfielder’s Carter Henry who is heading to Yale and Rutgers commit Ellison Burt-Murray.
Episcopal School of Dallas (TX)
The Eagles have a new coaching staff and a boat load of talent coming into this 2019 season. Many have already said that there is no doubt that Episcopal Dallas (TX) will be in the state championship this season. They will be led by one of the best defenses in the country with senior’s Scott Bower who is heading to Virginia and Ohio State commit Carson Raney.
Torrey Pines (CA)
Regional and national powerhouse Torrey Pines is back and looking to be great again this season with another very tough national schedule. The Falcons have a lot of talent as always and will be led by senior midfielder Michael Mines who is committed to Ohio State, as well as many other DI commits.
After winning the IAC championship in 2018 Bullis looks to repeat as they return some great talent on both sides of the ball. They will be led by junior midfielder and Jacksonville commit Immanuel Brown, as well as senior attackman Robert Schain who is headed to Penn.
2020 Episcopal Dallas (TX)/ Texas Cowboys FO/M Ross Chazanow has committed to Sacred Heart. Chazanow is the 10th player and 2nd faceoff man to commit to Sacred Heart in the 2020 class.
Chazanow is very good popping the ball straight out in front of him and helping to quick start the offense. With his speed and quickness he can easliy turn a faceoff win into a goal. He is more than a faceoff specialist as Chazanow has crisp passes and can shoot the ball if needed as well.
With Chazanow committed Sacred Heart now has 10 players in their 2020 recruting and 2 faceoff men. The other 2020 faceoff man committed to Sacred Heart is Palos Verdes (CA) Faceoff man Cole Clinton.
Some other notable players in Sacred Heart’s 2020 recruiting class include IMG Academy (FL) defenseman Owen Geis and St. Anthony’s (NY) goalie Alex Pazienza, among others.
View Sacred Heart’s full 2020 recruiting class via Inside Lacrossehere.