In the final event before the spring season, several hundred talented young prospects made the trek to Florida for the holiday weekend to get coached up by a bevy of notable minds from the National Lacrosse Federation, Division I and professional ranks. The action kicked off on the pristine campus of IMG Academy for a full day and a half of positional work, drills and team practices before games took place, with four teams from each class competing against one another before heading home on Monday afternoon. I was able to make it down to NLF Futures for the third year in a row and came away extremely impressed with the combination of high-level coaching and talent.
Aidan Kenley ’21, M, Olentangy Liberty (Oh.) / Resolute
Committing to Ohio State shortly after a tremendous showing at this event last year, Kenley was the most consistently dominant 2021 at the event. He always went 100 miles per hour, impressing most with a nasty shot on the run while changing up release points with a nasty release. Athletically, he’s at a high level and warrants early slides, but his vision created several pretty assists throughout the weekend. The Buckeyes definitely have a good one on their hands, and it will be fun to see where his game goes as he continues to put the work in during the next few years.
Nick Caccamo ’20, D, Harborfields (N.Y.) / Team 91
Caden Hawkinson ’20, LSM/D, St. Dominic’s (N.Y.) / Team 91
There’s been a lot of shine for the three committed longpoles from the vaunted Crush squad, but it’s clear that these two are just as deserving of attention. Playing for separate teams, these two stood out with gritty 1-on-1 play and a penchant for carrying the ball over the midline. A big body, Caccamo is at his best while down low, tossing some excellent clearing passes after doing his job with a well-executed takeaway or clean groundball. Hawkinson, meanwhile, is incredibly active in the passing lanes and is a pest on ball carrier’s hands. He was constantly pushing transition and created points on several occasions.
Josh Carlson ’20, A, Arapahoe (Colo.) / Denver Elite
When he was on, Carlson was a wizard of a finisher, finding holes in the defense and catching and finishing more often than not. He may not blow by anybody as a dodger, but was money in front of the cage, using extremely quick hands and deception to get shots off. The pieces are there for this box-influenced scorer – improving his quickness and two-handedness between now and next fall will help Carlson mightily on the recruitment front.
Ari Allen ’21, A, Mill Creek (Ga.) / Thunder LB3
I had been hearing about Allen’s athleticism through word of mouth based on his apparent football prowess and campaign at the Showtime rising freshman camp, so it was comforting to see him back it up. A fleet-footed and fiery competitor, he never really struggled to get a step on his man, showing tenacity on one particular defensive play when he bumped up to play midfield. In all honesty, he could probably afford to be more selfish, as Allen quick to share the ball at times and should be more aggressive while going to the cage based on his ability to create.
Duke Reeder ’21, LSM/D, St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) / ADVNC
The ADVNC freshmen played really well at the IMG event, and the rangy and tenacious Reeder led the charge. Looking every bit of a future Big 10/ACC cover man, the 6-foot-2 lefty was an absolute pest when shadowing his matchup whether that was up top or down low. He threw some gorgeous checks to put the ball on the ground, eluding the opposition once the ball was in his stick thanks to his length.
Michael Chabra ’20, M, Austin Prep (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Chabra appears to be one of the better uncommitted sophomore midfielders in the country, following an impressive few months of lacrosse. He loves to break down his man with a split dodge or a rollback, doing excellent work in transition to boost his team. He dodged with confidence and competed hard on both ends of the field, even showing some grit when the ball was on the ground before starting a fast break on his own.
Speed Fry ’20, M, Palo Verdes (Calif.) / Legends West, LA Heat
When your name is ‘Speed’, great things are obviously expected out of you – he didn’t disappoint at the event, and neither did his brother, Kaiser. Teaming up for Jamie Hanford and Billy McKinney’s Yale squad, they brought it in just about every facet of the game, flying up and down the field while making plays. The greater Los Angeles natives were good for a few swim moves, demonstrating excellent hand speed, range, and quicks. Having scouted them at Legends events and Nike Blue Chip, this was arguably the best and most consistent that I’ve seen them both play.
Leo Johnson ’21, A, Greenwich (Conn.) / Eclipse
Johnson was extraordinarily effective at Futures, standing out on a team stacked with talent. He may not dazzle with any one attribute, but was consistently at the end of plays and made his teammates better. The Fairfield County product had some crafty textbook plays, whether it was strategically gathering a contested groundball, boosting his squad in the riding game or tossing a beautiful assist. I would expect him to be one of the first 2021 attackmen off the board when the time comes, especially if he bulks up.
Graham Dixon ’20, A, Woodward Academy (Ga.) / Thunder LB3
Aidan Carroll ’20, A, Boston College HS (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Ross Chazanow ’20, FO/M, Episcopal Dallas (Tex.) / Iron Horse, Cowboys
Michael Mauricio ’20, A, Brunswick (Conn.) / Eclipse
Fulton Bayman ’20, A, Lovett (Ga.) / Thunder LB3 – Notre Dame
Ajax Zappitello ’20, D, Sunset (Ore.) / Legends West
Michael Curran ’20, D, Boston College HS (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Connor McDonough ’20, A, Penn Charter (Pa.) / Big 4 HHH
Gavin Gregorek ’20, M, Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) / LI Express – Navy
Rafael Reyes ’20, G, Gulliver Prep (Fla.) / SweetLax FL
Logan Tucker ’20, LSM, Mill Creek (Ga.) / Thunder LB3
AJ Volkmann ’21, D, Mt. Sinai (N.Y.) / Team 91
Ben Ramsey ’21, M, Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) / ADVNC
Matt Barger ’21, M, Boys’ Latin (Md.) / Crabs
Tyler Kuehl ’21, D, Bullis (Md.) / DC Express
Sam Bellomy ’21, G, Hingham (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Cole Braun ’21, M, Monte Vista (Calif.) / ADVNC
Diego Andres Rodriguez ’21, F/O, Gulliver Prep (Fla.) / SweetLax Florida
Cavanagh Williams ’21, D, Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) / ADVNC
Trey Saucus ’21, A, Delbarton (N.J.) / Team 91
Sebastian Birse ’21, D, Westfield (N.J.) / Leading Edge
Trey Brown ’21, D, Belmont Hill (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Andrew Atchison ’21, A, Lassiter (Ga.) / Thunder LB3