Recapping Adrenaline’s Blackjack Classic

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Just about 10 days removed from my annual trip to Vegas for the Regional Prospect Day and Blackjack Classic, it’s time to take a look at a handful of the top players at Adrenaline’s December event. I’ve always enjoyed this event for a number of reasons. It’s obviously in a fantastic location: Vegas is a particularly cheap destination in terms of flights and hotels and there’s so much to do regardless of your interests. Secondly, it’s a lot of fun to see just how passionate Western lacrosse folks are about the sport, especially after spending the last several months mostly hitting events on the East Coast. I love heading out West to check in on the talent and I’m looking forward to a few more events being covered by Recruiting Rundown out there over the next month. Now let’s get to it.

Ethan Landymore ’20, M, Diamond H Mustangs / Foothills Composite (Alb.)
After seeing Landymore live for the first time, it wasn’t exactly a surprise to hear that he led Team Alberta to its first-ever gold medal at the Canadian midget box championships, picking up MVP honors in the process. He went hard 100 percent of the time, showing off excellent mitts and a general niftiness in transition. I really appreciated how hard he worked off-ball in addition to his ability to do the dirty work or finish with flair across his body. If you’re a looking for a slick Canadian (who isn’t?), I’d check this kid out if you want a strong ROI.

Isaiah Dawson ’18, M, RC / Bishop’s (Calif.)
Like a few groups before them, Jono Zissi’s San Diego-based RC 2018’s are hard to stop watching. The tournament champions are loaded from top to bottom with high-end Division I talent and Dawson, heading to Harvard leads the way from a dodging standpoint. A five-star ranked as the 8th player in the class, Dawson returned to form after a summer during which he looked tentative at times. In Vegas, it didn’t show that he likely didn’t have a stick in his hands much at all during the football season, as it was the best and most consistent that I’ve seen the talented athlete play in nearly a year. He continued to make guys miss with his shake with up top, even making it look beautiful when his shots didn’t fall, though they often did. Dawson is so smooth on his way to getting his hands free, creating a variety of different looks or drawing the slide and getting rid of it. Once he gets to college, where he’ll focus on one sport and get even better coaching, I’d expect him to blossom.

Josh Yago ’20, A, DoCo / Wheat Ridge (Colo.)
Putting up over 50 points as a freshman for 2nd Team All-League honors, Yago was one of the more established players for DoCo, a program full of burgeoning offensive talent from Denver’s Douglas County. He was able to make some fundamentally sound plays both in transition and settled situations, dodging to either side with equal propensity. Yago frequently finished with flair and was just generally a focal point of the offense, producing points or invisible plays whenever the squads needed a boost.

Gage Adams ’21, A, Seattle Starz / Lake Washington (Wash.)
I’ve tried to avoid watching 2021’s due to these new rules, though the time slots worked out to the point that I didn’t have a choice. Showcasing well in the championship game, a match that was shortened due to flight times, Adams looks every bit of a top freshman on the left coast. I was most impressed with his knack for throwing pinpoint feeds with both his right and left hands, dealing with pressure well at X and on the wings. His vision was exceptional, as was his lacrosse IQ, acting as a quiet leader and coach on the field. Looking forward to watching this one over the next few years with the West Coast Starz.

Dewey Egan ’21, A/M, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, my knowledge of the ’21 class isn’t incredible at this early point. However, Egan was a player who has been talked about a ton by college coaches, and he certainly left a strong impression in the game that I watched. Somewhere in the range of 6’3 and 185 pounds (if I had to guess), he’d pass for a player two years older, possessing a skill set to match. He looked really comfortable dodging from up top or from behind, demonstrating superb stick work and an overall playmaking ability. Getting covered in the backyard by older brother and five-star senior Evan Egan, a defenseman signed with UNC, won’t exactly hurt his upward trajectory.

Sam Dracobly ’18, M, Seattle Starz / O’Dea (Wash.)
Switching from Air Force to Navy just over a month ago, the fleet-footed Dracobly has one of the better first steps that you’ll find in high school lacrosse right now. With that said, shortsticks and defensemen had trouble keeping up with him as Dracobly has a ton of shake and draws an early slide every time. He was a little quiet in the championship game against the RC boys, often deferring, but looked great in pool play based on what I saw. If he can bulk up and handle bigger kind of defensemen, he may fit at the attack position at the next level.

HONORABLE MENTION
Jackson Hamm ’20, M, Diamond H Mustangs / Henry Wisewood (Alb.)
Garrett Landmark ’20, A/M, CO Fire / Golden (Colo.)
Andrew Waldrop ’19, D, Movin Up / Coronado (Nev.)
Braden Lowe ’19, A, DoCo / Highlands Ranch (Colo.) – Colorado Mesa
Aidan Hesse ’18, F/O, RC / Loyola Los Angeles (Calif.) – Tufts 
Shea Peters ’18, LSM, San Diego United / Carlsbad (Calif.)
Tyler Marsh ’18, M, Vegas Starz / Palo Verde (Nev.)
Austin Ducommun ’21, M, Seattle Starz / New Westminster Secondary (B.C.)
Spencer Grant ’18, M, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.) – Michigan

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