The Rundown: 2019’s to UVA, Maryland, Denver, Ohio St., Michigan, Patriot League, G’town, Villanova, more

Regardless of the recruiting timeline (which I’ll be discussing more this week), December has always been a busy time on the commitment front. Freshmen are narrowing down their lists and making visits after a big November, while sophomores, juniors and seniors aim to make decisions before the holidays hit. Now

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Updated commitment lists –
Class of 2019 
Class of 2018 
Class of 2017 
Class of 2016

2019’s

Mac Fotiades, G, St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) / Laxachusetts has committed to Michigan. An All-Star at the NLF Showcase in July, he also attended Big 4 Champions League and NLF Fall Frosh during the November recruiting circuit. The 6’0, 180-pound netminder plays football, visiting Duke and UNC before pulling the trigger on the Wolverines.

Andrew Tyeryar, F/O, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) / Madlax has committed to Michigan. A Fab 40 All-Star at the Philly Freshman Showcase, he’s also participated in Big 4 Champions League, Crabs Young Guns and NLF Fall Frosh. Tyeryar also visited Ohio State.

Lajhon Jones, LSM/D, Lasalle Academy (R.I.) / RI Bulldogs has committed to Bryant. Currently a sophomore, the 6-foot, 190-pound athlete also plays football as a linebacker and running back, holding plans to PG after graduating in 2018. In the summer, he tried out for the NE Under Armour team and also stopped at Blue Chip 225. Before deciding, Jones also visited Hofstra, Providence and Boston University.

Drew Robinson, D, Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) / Duke’s LC has committed to Air Force. Over the last several months he’s attended Platinum Cup, SweetLax Invitational, Liberty Bell Challenge, Best of the Best, Terps Young Guns, Quaker Lax Fest, Big 12 Invitational and LaxEvo Invitational, winning championships at several of those events. He also visited Penn State and Virginia.

JJ Silstrop, A/M, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) has committed to Denver. Playing club for the West Coast Starz and Mad Dog Select, he attended Young Guns, Vail and Adrenaline Summer Invitational, holding plans to go to Maverik Showtime in the summer. Also plays basketball. He visited Maryland before choosing the Pioneers.

Joey Ford, A/M, Williston Northampton (Mass.) / 3d New England has committed to Rutgers. Also participating in wrestling and soccer, Ford attended Jake Reed’s Blue Chip, FLG in 3d, SweetLax Invitational, Mayflower Invitational and Crimson Classic over the last few several months. He also visited Providence.

Garrett Nilsen, A, St. Mary’s (Md.) / Annapolis Hawks has committed to Ohio State. The lefty dodger broke out at the Philly Freshman Showcase and was written up here. He also visited Maryland and Navy before pulling the trigger on the Buckeyes.

Rory Bracken, M/FO, Episcopal (Va.) / Blackwolf has committed to Maryland. After leading the JV in scoring as an 8th grader, Bracken attended the Under Armour Shootout, Baltimore Summer Kickoff and UNC Team Camp. He also visited Holy Cross, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Connor Whalen, LSM, Bishop Shanahan (Pa.) / Freedom has committed to Maryland. An All-Star at Philly Showcase and Bison Brawl, he also attended Platinum Cup, Bison Brawl, Patriot Games, Philly Showcase Camp, Philly Summer Invitational, Terrapin Classic, Adrenaline Fall Invitational, Quaker Fest and Philly Freshman Showcase. Also playing football, Whalen also made stops at Navy, Penn State and Virginia before pulling the trigger on the Terps.

Cole Witman, M, Eastern York (Pa.) / Duke’s LC has committed to Virginia. Since the beginning of the summer, he was an All-Star at Big 12 Invitational, also attending Platinum Cup, SweetLax Invitational, Liberty Bell Challenge, Best of the Best, Terps Young Guns, Quaker LaxFest and LaxEvo Recruiting Invitational. Witman’s father was a national champion at Penn State and played fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 6’2, 185-pound prospect also plays football, visiting Hopkins, Maryland and Penn State.

2018’s

Peter Thompson, M, Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) / True has committed to Georgetown. After dropping 34 goals as a freshman starter on varsity to earn All-State honorable mention recognition, attending NSCLA, FLG in 3d, Terrapin Classic, Legacy (All-Star), NSCLA and IL Invitational. He also visited Princeton, Michigan and Notre Dame.

Brendan Jordan, M, Governor’s Academy (Mass.) / Laxachusetts has committed to Colgate. A transfer from East Greenwich (R.I.), he led the state in goals and was 1st Team All-Division. He was an All-Star at Fab Frosh and Philly Summer Showcase, also attending Prep School Showcase, Maverik Showtime, NSCLA, Legacy and Big 4 Champions League. The 5’10, 170-pound athlete also plays football, considering other Patriot and Ivy League schools before going with the Raiders.

Nick Rowlett, F/O, Robinson (Va.) / VLC has committed to Lafayette. Over the summer, he hit Nike Blue Chip and NXT Summer Philly Showcase, also becoming a finalist this weekend at the Face-Off Academy National Showcase. Rowlett made visits to Mercer, Hobart, Rutgers and Providence.

Drew Furlong, D, Watchung Hills (N.J.) / 2 Knights has committed to Binghamton. An All-Star at Top 205, he attended Black Card, Philly Showcase and Adrenaline Fall Invitational. Furlong also visited Lafayette before going with the Bearcats.

Carter Brand, M, Hill Academy (Ont.) has committed to Denver. Playing club for both the Ottawa Capitals and Edge, he was an All-Star at the All-Canada Games and participated in Towson Autumn Gold in addition to Hill’s victory over the US U-19 team. The 5’10, 165-pound athlete also plays hockey and rugby. Brand visited Georgetown, Albany, Colgate and Furman.

John Geppert, M, Landon (Md.) / Madlax has committed to Bucknell. Recently elected a junior captain on next year’s varsity football team, the 6’0, 180-pound athlete was an All-Star at Big 12 Invitational and Under Armour Shootout, also attending Nike Blue Chip and Crabfeast. He also considered and visited other Patriot League schools.

Matt Anderson, M, Corpus Christi Catholic (Ont.) / Edge has committed to Stony Brook. An All-Star at the All-Canada Games, he also attended Crabfeast, NSCLA, Autumn Gold Classic and Philly Showcase over the past few months. The 6’0, 170-pound athlete is also a hockey standout and avid golfer. Anderson also visited North Carolina and Lehigh.

Amos Gilbert, M, Salisbury (Conn.) / 3d New England has committed to Vermont. Since the summer, Gilbert has attended Denver Shootout, Baltimore Summer Kickoff, FLG in 3d, Jake Reed’s Blue Chip, Fab Frosh, Philly Showcase and Mayflower Invitational. Also visited Patriot and Patriot League programs.

Thad Spiker, LSM/D, Oak Hall (Fla.) has committed to Villanova. Playing club for the Florida Generals and Team Florida, he was an All-Star at NXT Southern Showcase and UNC Team Camp, also attending Prep School Showcase, Gait Cup, Crabfeast, Philly Showcase and Philly Invitational. The 6’2, 170-pound prospect participates in swimming in the fall. He also visited Furman, Delaware and Dartmouth.

Alex Spiker, LSM/D, Oak Hall (Fla.) has committed to Villanova. Playing club for the Florida Generals and Team Florida, he was an All-Star at NXT Southern Showcase, Gait Cup and UNC Team Camp, also attending Prep School Showcase, Crabfeast, Philly Showcase and Philly Invitational. The 6’2, 170-pound prospect participates in swimming in the fall. He also visited Furman, Delaware and Dartmouth.

Michael Monitto, M, Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.) / Team 91 has committed to Lehigh. This past summer, he was an All-Star at Hotbeds and Blue Chip 225, also attending the NXT Philly Summer Invitational, Crabfeast and Platinum Cup. He also visited Towson, Bryant, Rutgers and Ohio State.

Tim Shearer, LSM/D, Fenwick (Ill.) / True has committed to Towson. Named 2nd Team All-Conference as a freshman, the lefty stands 6’3 and 170 pounds, attending Baltimore Summer Kickoff and Autumn Gold Classic. He also visited Binghamton.

Luke Julien, A, Shaker (N.Y.) / Albany Power has committed to Siena. The 5’9, 155-pound recruit put up 20 points as a freshman, attending Maverik Showtime, Orange Crush Showcase, Capital Challenge and Capital Clash this past summer.

2017’s

Kyle Stofko, D, C. Milton Wright (Md.) / Rock has committed to Wagner. Since the summer, he was an All-Star at Lax Evo, also attending Towson Autumn Gold, King of the Hill, Liberty Bell Challenge and SweetLax Invitational. In the spring, Stofko was honorable mention All-County. He also visited Bryant, Richmond, VMI and Washington College.

Clay Welch, M, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) has committed to Binghamton. Playing club for the CNY Roadhawks and Team Florida, he was an All-Star at Florida Showcase, also attending NSCLA, Hotbeds, All-Canada Games, Autumn Gold, Terrapin Classic and Nike Blue Chip. The 6’1, 195-pound junior also plays varsity basketball. He also visited Rutgers and High Point during the process.

Bennett Ellrich, D, Marriotts Ridge (Md.) / Zingos has committed to UMBC. An All-Star at MVP Towson, he also attended UPLax, MVP Rider, Freestate Games, MVP Delaware and both fall and summer Nike Blue Chip. Also visited Salisbury and Manhattan.

Conor Sullivan, D, Xaverian Brothers (Mass.) / Laxachusetts has committed to Sacred Heart. The 6’2, 185-pound recruit started on varsity as a sophomore, following that up by attending Legacy, Crimson Classic, National 175, IL NE Prospect Day and Philly Fall Team Invitational (All-Star) this fall. He also visited Trinity, Dickinson, Denison, Colby, Merrimack and Hamilton.

Steven Warren, G, Pickerington Central (Oh.) / Resolute has committed to Detroit. An All-Star at MVP Towson, Baltimore Sumer Kickoff and Buckeye Battle, the 6’0, 205-pound keeper also attended FLG in 3d, Nike Blue Chip and Autumn Gold Showcase. He also visited High Point and Cleveland State.

Anthony Lucia, D, Rocky Point (N.Y.) / LI Outlaws has committed to St. John’s. Lucia made it to the Suffolk County Rising Junior Final 40 this past summer, also attending NYLA, Best of the Best, NSCLA, Liberty Bell Challenge, Legacy Fall Invitational, Adrenaline Invitational and LI Fall Classic. The 5’11, 180-pound athlete also wrestles and plays hockey, visiting Lafayette, Monmouth, Bryant, High Point, Roger Williams and Roanoke before deciding.

Andrew McGrady, D, St. John Paul The Great (Va.) / Trilogy ICE has committed to Wagner. An All-Star at Philly Showcase, Elite 100 and MadLax East Coast Showcase, he also attended Brine NLC. The 6’0, 185-pound also plays football, visiting Salisbury in the recruiting process.

AJ Hoffmann, D, Wilton (Conn.) / Prime Time has committed to Delaware. Attending the Adrenaline Invitational and Legacy Classic, the 6’0, 190-pound athlete was an All-Star at Philly Showcase. He also visited Army, Fairfield and Manhattan.

2 thoughts on “The Rundown: 2019’s to UVA, Maryland, Denver, Ohio St., Michigan, Patriot League, G’town, Villanova, more

  1. It funny how coaches just voted to ban recruiting younger players before sept first of there junior year . What are we seeing freshman being recruiting , an reporting on the freshman class , they are still boys not men . Shame on all those coaches on your list who voted to ban early recruiting , an recruit through the loop pole .

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    • 90%+ of D1 coaches really mean it when they say they don’t want early recruiting. But they’ll fully admit that as long as even 1 other school is doing it they have to. They’ve tried to lead self-policed initiatives as it’s blown up, and they’ve failed because just a couple coaches didn’t want to get on board, either because they felt they had an advantage in early recruiting or they just didn’t trust self-policed initiatives. That’s why the newest proposal is basically begging the NCAA to step in and enforce the rules (which the NCAA has been loathe to do because it costs $$$), and tries to ban all contact and loopholes (although I’m sure some new ones will appear under any set of rules.)

      As far as Ty and reporting on this goes, he can defend himself, but I think it’s a joke when he or an Inside Lacrosse gets blamed for accelerating the trend. I know he’d rather only have to report on 2 grades so he really could get to see those players more, but at the end of the day you follow the college coaches lead.

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