Recruiting Radar: January Roundup

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Recruiting Radar is a monthly series in which Lacrosse Bucket founder Tanner Demling takes a look at some of the most notable news that has transpired over the past month. 

In January we saw plenty of recruiting news from commitments, reported offers, and look at some of the top uncommitted players in the 2020 class. 

Notable Commitment News

The month of January, like many other months, saw some very notable news surrounding commitments. That news included top caliber players committing and a few schools getting multiple commitments. 

Air Force got a commitment from Wando (SC)/LB3- 2020 attackman Tommy Marcoon. Inside Lacrosse has Marcoon ranked as the number 92 player in the 2020 class and rated as a 4-star prospect. 

The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up a big commitment from the Lone Star state as 2020 Episcopal Dallas (TX)/ Texas Cowboys defenseman Henry Watson has announced his commitment to the Buckeyes. 

Air Force may have had the most success on the recruiting trail this month as they picked up three commitments in the past month. Wando (SC)/LB3- 2020 attackman Tommy Marcoon, Milton (GA)/LB3 – 2020 midfielder Will Stax, and Rockhurst (MO)/Legends West – 2020 attackman Mason Vasta all announced their commitment to the Falcons this past month. 

Canisius grabbed their first two commitments in the 2020 class early in January and Syracuse continues to find success on the recruiting trail after a rough fall. The Orange got commitments from Archbishop Stepinac (NY)/Prime Time junior midfielder Joey Carino and St. Paul’s (MD)/ Crabs Lacrosse LSM Frankie Hapney this past month. 

Marist finished off their 2019 recruiting class with a commitment from Lake Oswego (OR)/3d Lacrosse – 20202 defenseman Keenan DeRaeve

Ohio State flipped Islip (NY) junior defenseman Jack Graffagnino from Rutgers. Graffagnino is now th

Reported Offers

Lacrosse isn’t to the point yet of every player announcing when they receive an offer from a school. However, there are a few that you hear about through the grapevine and a few that do announce offers via social media. 

The only reported DI offer that was announced by a player was Hillgrove (GA) senior midfielder Khory Reid who received an offer from Mercer on January 20th. Reid has taken a visit to Mercer as well. While Mercer is his only offer at the moment he is also talking to DII powerhouse Limestone. The senior is a dual-sport athlete as he plays football as well. 

Top Uncommitted 2020’s 

As the high school season get’s underway across the country over the next month or so, there are a still a few 2020 players in the Inside Lacrosse top 100 rankings that still remained uncommitted.

No. 61 Christopher Kirst, A, Delbarton (NJ)/Leading Edge Elite – 2020

The number 61 ranked player by Inside Lacrosse nd 4-star attackman has been uncommitted but has recieved interest from some big time schools for quite sometime. Kirst is a a very quick lefty that can get to the cage and finish. He is also good in transition and can ride pretty well too. Kirst is currently considering Cornell, Duke, and Denver. Cornell and Duke appear to be leading at this point.

No. 71 Nic Pecora, G, Deerfield (MA)/Prime Time -2020

The goalie out of Deerfield (MA)/Prime Time-2020 is ranked as the number 71 player in the class of 2020 by Inside Lacrosse. Pecora stands at 5’10 220lb and with a wide frame. He has very quick hands and can steal some of those inside shots that look like sure finishers. He is especially good at saving those low shots as he can track that ball and read a shooter very well. Pecora is currently considering Duke, Notre Dame, Brown, Princeton, and Michigan. 

No. 77 Ross Burgmaster, D, Auburn (NY)/SweetLax – 2020

Ross Burgmaster is a 4-star and the number 77  ranked player in the country by Inside Lacrosse. Burgmaster committed to Albany back in 2016 before the rule change. Burgmaster decommitted from Albany back in September. Buegmaster isn’t the biggest defenseman at 5’10 185 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. Ross Burgmaster has two brothers, Jack, who graduated from Albany last year, and Alex who is a junior at Albany.

No. 97 Chris Tsetsekos, FO, Haveford School (PA)/Rising Sons

Currently the number 97 ranked player in the class of 2020 by Inside Lacrosse, Tsetsekos is very tough, strong, and athletic player. He has quick hands as he can win the draw and push out to start the fast break. He is a big threat when he is able to jump start that offense.

No. 100 Zach Phillips, G, Hill School (PA)/Thunder LB3 – 2020

The Hill School (PA)/Thunder LB3 -2020 goalie is ranted as a 4-star and ranked as the 100th player in the 2020 class by Inside Lacrosse. Phillips is a tall and quick goalie, He is has sharp vision and quick hands. Phillips is able to recover very well and save those rebound shots from the outside and right on the crease. He is especially good at grabbing those low saves and can jump post to post to make a save. 

 

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2020 Midfielder Cameron Johnson Commits to UMass

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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.

 

10 High School Team’s to Watch in 2019

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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. 

Salisbury (CT)

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.

McCallie (TN)

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.

Bullis (MD)

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.

Other Teams to Watch:

Boy’s Latin (MD) 

Detroit Central Catholic (MI)

Lambert (GA)

Darien (CT)

Gonzaga (D.C.)

McDonough (MD)

Malvern prep (PA)

MICDS (MO)

St. Anthony’s (NY)

 

 

 

 

2020 Faceoff Man Ross Chazanow Commits to Sacred Heart

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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 Lacrosse here.