Once again taking place on the beautiful grounds of Brunswick School (Conn.), the 6th annual Prep School Showcase was an absolute success, showcasing some of the nation’s best uncommitted talent from all over.
Always occurring on the weekend following Memorial Day, gobs of college coaches have made the event a yearly stop to kick off a busy summer of evaluating uncommitted talent. Recruiting Rundown contributor Max Mollihan, a New Jersey native working towards his degree at Fairfield, was on hand to take in the action and pick out the most impressive players of the day.
Eugene Yoon ’18, G, Phillips Andover (Mass.)
It’s apparent while watching Yoon that he simply loves playing the netminder position. He’s great at chirping out commands to his defense to get into position and does so more than adequately. Yoon really succeeds with 1-on-1s on the crease, standing tall and throwing his entire body at the ball at the last second. Once he makes the save (usually cleanly), he has the ability to turn defense into offense, immediately directing his eyes upfield looking for breaking teammates.
Henry Savage ’17, D, St. George’s (Mass.)
A good sized defenseman, Savage is the type of defenseman that you don’t want to play against, if his incredibly fitting last name doesn’t already give off that impression. He’s always on his opponent’s hands, constantly forcing erred passes. Savage is also excellent on groundballs, always picking the ball up on the first attempt, something that he made happen throughout the day.
MacGregor Peterson ’19, A, Taft (Conn.)
Peterson is a tall, athletic attackman who is not afraid to shoot from just about anywhere. He excels using his big frame to get into his defender’s body while surveying the field before dishing the ball to one of his teammates. When Peterson was shooting, he had a ton of heat behind it. In addition, he had a knack for flair, able to catch the defense ball-watching by throwing a handful of no-look passes on several occasions.
Ryan Hofstetter ’18, A, Pace Academy (Ga.)
A crafty left-handed attackman, Hofstetter was comfortable dodging from the wing, sizing up his defensemen and getting an open shot. He found seams in the defense while on the crease, often putting the ball in the back of the net once he was given the opportunity.
Sammer Ziady ’17, D, Monarch (Colo.)
Ziady was relentless on the ball, chasing offensive players all over the field while taking advantage of his athleticism. He won his matchups on several occasions by throwing hard and timely checks that put the ball on the ground. When he was dodged, he wasn’t afraid to force contact and make the opponent not want to come back for more.
Seth Thornton ’18, F/O, Scarsdale (N.Y.)
Deft at winning the ball to himself to himself with regularity, Thornton was the most dominant face-off athlete that I saw all day. I use the term ‘face-off athlete’ just because he’s much more than just a FOGO, taking d-middie runs where he played strong man-to-man defense. When at the X, he pulled off clean exits but where he really succeeds is going forward and pushing transition.
Ben Barbour ’18, M, Gonzaga (D.C.)
A big, savvy and athletic middie, Barbour was strong enough to push into his defender on a downhill dodge, increasing his angle to get his hands freed up for a clean shot. When he got his chance, he delivered with a quick release to the bottom corner, almost always ending with a goal.
Nick Adams ’18, A/M, IMG Academy (Fla.)
Adams always seemed to be in the right place. He did a little bit of everything, dodging from both up top and behind the goal and was able to get his hands free for scores rather consistently. He was also a workhorse once his team lost the ball, winning back possession for his team with his relentless rides.
Wyatt Watts ’17, M, Dawson School (Colo.)
A blazing midfielder, Watts was great on the wings as a shortstick, gobbling up ground balls to provide possession for this time. On offense, he loved to split to his right and deliver a strong overhand shot. In my opinion, he was at his best when he went North and South as opposed to East/West, taking advantage of his straight-line speed to create separation.
Mitchell Moyer ’19, A, Archmere Academy (Pa.)
Moyer was frequently able to take advantage of smaller defensemen, using his big body around the cage. He got to where he wanted to (5×5) and from there was extremely patient to get the shot that he wanted. When the double came, he found the open teammate, usually on the backside for a goal.
OTHERS WHO IMPRESSED
Cormac Zachar ’18, M, Phillips Academy (Mass.)
Reid Shilling ’17, D, Deerfield (Mass.)
Andrew Babyak ’18, D, Bronxville (N.Y.)
Keaton McCann ’17, A, Briarcliff (N.Y.)
Grant Long ’17, M, Wayzata (Minn.)
Garrett Leadmon ’18, M, DeMatha (Md.)
William Stevens ’18, M, St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.)
Cooper Waymire ’17, G, Menlo Atherton (Calif.)
Greyson Wolfram ’18, M, Brunswick (Conn.)
Jack Siegel ’18, G, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.)