With two weeks remaining in the dead period, summer is coming to a close and a plethora of lacrosse recruits are making college decisions at a rapid rate.
Event coverage won’t pick up until much later in the fall (though a few more from July will be posted in the coming weeks) and this time has been used primarily as a time to reflect on who impressed this summer on the recruiting trail, leading up to the Top 100 rankings which will be posted in early September.
Spencer Turkel (@phillyfanturk), who did an awesome job interning for the Rundown on the summer circuit, has helped launch a new feature which will break down the highlight reels of notable commitments as they come in. Jump to the submit link to send in your verbal if it’s missing from the lists in order to be written up.
MARYLAND: Jack Sawyer ’19, A/M, Calvert Hall (Md.) / FCA Maryland
Operating from the right wing, Sawyer is a ‘one move and go’ type of attackman, though he also thrived from the midfield at times. Whether he is going to the rack, or getting his hands free to feed, he makes one quick move and the ball is out of his stick. Similar to his future college, Jack seems comfortable operating from a wing in a slow-paced, methodical offense. Similar to Matt Rambo (not comparing the two, however), he waits until the perfect time to dip under his defensemen and get to the goal. Futhermore, it seems like the FCA Maryland product has a good understanding of his role within the offense, drawing slides and pushing the ball through X. As seen in his highlights, the rising sophomore rides with a ton of tenacity, and Tillman & his staff value grit down in College Park. His IQ and quick release will make him an asset at Maryland.
NAVY: Garrett Leadmon ’18, M, DeMatha (Md.) / Blackwolf
Heading to an offense that values big guys, the Navy pledge is hard to stop once he gets his feet moving downhill. Leadmon will fit in perfectly in Annapolis being the sizable, hard-nosed midfielder that he is. Despite his size, he moves extremely well. He’s a great athlete that can do more than run down the alley and shoot on the run. About 40 seconds into the tape, he blows by the first defender and swims the slide on his way to scoring. On the play after that, he rolls back to sweep the other way, sending an on-the-run laser past the opposing goalie. As Leadmon continues to polish his game, the big athlete has a very high ceiling of potential.
LOYOLA: Matt Heuston ’19, M, Hempfield (Pa.) / NXT
A do-it-all midfielder that plays at 100 percent, Heuston does a terrific job of showcasing his athleticism in his highlights. The future Hound takes the wing on the draw, is a complete offensive midfielder, plays sound defense and is a one-man clear in transition. His off-ball cuts are well-timed and at full speed, showing his high acceleration at all times as he looks hard to keep up with. When dodging from the midline, he creates separation, finishing his dodges with a beautiful on-the-run stroke. I’m excited to see this transition specialist/offensive initiator play at Loyola.
GEORGETOWN: Cade MacLeod ’19, A, Roswell (Ga.) / LB3, Thunder
Primarily playing with LB3 over the past few years, MacLeod committed just days after fellow Roswell attackman Neko Gekas ’17 picked the Hoyas. A very confident, head-up dodger from X, MacLeod seems to have no issue scoring at will. In the first minute of his tape, Cade consistently demonstrates his ability to initiate contact on his dodge and use an assortment of moves to get his hands free and score. The Georgia native also showcased his vision in his tape, threading the needle and finding the open man several times. Heading to Georgetown, he will be apart of an offense that is run mostly through the attack, and I’m sure he will put up some great numbers at the next level.