Taking place in the Dallas, the folks at C2C once again ran their Spotlight event, welcoming players from Texas, California, Colorado, Georgia and beyond for a day each of instructional work and scrimmages. Several coaches from the ACC, Ivy League and B1G (among others) made the trip to the Lone Star State to coach up players in four graduating classes, resulting in an incredibly successful event despite the rainy weather. Here’s who stood out in my mind:
Cole Watson ’17, A, Flower Mound (Tex.)
To me (and many others), it appears as though Watson has improved considerably over the last several months and it shows, as he showed a lot of confidence dodging from the wings. He was a creative dodger and has become more than an outside shooter, tossing some great assists throughout the weekend. This kid will be the perfect prospect for a top Division III program or a mid-to-lower end D1 with spots left.
Noah Gervasi ’17, A, West Ranch (Calif.)
As a sophomore, Gervasi posted up a whopping 70 points on the varsity squad and it’s easy to see why. Standing out to the eye with his bright orange gloves, he’s a very skilled and savvy player who impressed several college coaches. The high percentage shooter has a strong first step and had a few beautiful under-moves and question marks to beat his guy. Fun player to watch and will be a great pickup for whoever snags him.
Sam Schroeder ’18, M, St. Mark’s (Tex.)
I’ve written up Schroeder a handful of times before, so it was fun to watch him again and see how he’s upped his game since the summer. Still uncommitted, he’s getting some Top 25 looks and should make a decision in the near future. Schroeder is armed with a quick release and loved his lefty jump shot, showing off his athleticism both with and without the ball. While he impresses most of the time, he still has the tendency to coast at times, so he’ll have to improve his consistency a bit.
Jake Williams ’19, M, Edmond Memorial (Okla.)
Already getting attention from powers like Denver and UNC, Williams dazzled with an outstanding shot on the run. He did an impressive job hiding the stick behind his ear to make life difficult for goalies and put spectacular velocity on his shots, both stationary and while keeping his feet moving. Also made some great plays on the defensive end of the field.
Chris Walker ’17, LSM, Highland Park (Tex.)
Ranked 94th in the Class of 2017, Walker is a flat-out animal who was all over the place on Sunday. He possesses phenomenal stick work, constantly getting the ball off the grass and upfield, usually taking matter into his own hands. Plays with a mean streak and throws heavy checks as well. Georgetown has some lights-out close defensemen coming in throughout the next few years and Walker will complement them impeccably with his prowess between the boxes.
Ryan Farquhar ’19, A, The Woodlands (Tex.)
Jumping off the page with his ability to separate from his defensemen, Farquhar took the initiative to lead his team and be an assertive dodger from a number of different spots on the field. I really liked how great he was off-ball as well as the hustle and tenacity he would frequently demonstrate when trying to get the ball back in the riding game.
Owen Seebold ’17, A, Highland Park (Tex.)
Another kid I’ve written up extensively and ranked as the 46th 2017 in September, the Syracuse verbal looks more explosive then when I saw him this summer, coming off what was reportedly an excellent weekend at Project 9. He’s expanded his dodging repertoire as well, making some dazzling plays on the attack end. Loved his confidence when throwing spot feeds from behind the cage to cutting teammates.
Paul Rodriguez ’18, A, Harvard Westlake (Calif.)
One of the better uncommitted 2018 attackmen out there, Rodriguez puts the ball in the back of the net with regularity, turning the corner extremely well. He looks to be very well coached, as he has a nice lacrosse IQ and is awesome off-ball, doing a great job getting open by following the slide to create room for himself. Strikes me as the type of kid who would thrive in a Patriot or Ivy League setting.
Diego Zimmerman ’19, D, The Woodlands (Tex.)
The Houston native is relatively big for his age, looking to be somewhere around six fit tall or so with long arms. Due to that factor, he was able to reach out and disrupt opposing attackmen with bruising checks and tough V-holds. Zimmerman was great on GB’s, kept his head on a swivel off-ball and possessed excellent footwork and position play. Definitely a high end D1 recruit based on what I saw.
Walt Alexander ’19, D, Austin (Tex.)
A shutdown defensemen who created havoc when sliding to the ball, Alexander was a force at the Spotlight. He kept his stick in the passing lanes and extended out to apply pressure with an athletic 6-foot-2 frame, showing off some nasty checks to cause turnovers and then push the ball upfield in the transition game.