Following two years of live evaluations and last year’s Top 50 + Watchlist, the Class of 2018 becomes ranked within a Top 100 – and there’s a new No. 1 recruit. Committed to defending champion North Carolina, midfielder Ricky Miezan receives the honor after a summer circuit where he was a man amongst boys.
While there are many familiar faces towards the top, four recruits enter the Top 10 for the first time. At first look, it’s as geographically diverse of a list as there’s been so far and perhaps most interestingly, UNC and Michigan lead the way with the most recruits on the list. Have a look below at who cracked this year’s Top 100.
Note: Asterisks (*) denote players that have switched commitments. For a full list of the 2018 commitments, check out the rundown of rising senior verbals, updated August 2017.
1. Ricky Miezan, M, Episcopal (Va.) | Madlax | UNC | No. 4
In many ways, Miezan was a no-brainer to overtake the No. 1 spot. He’s always passed the eye test with a 6’3, 220-pound build and remarkable athleticism reminiscent of a young Myles Jones. Looking less and less raw as time goes on, the Alexandria native has polished his game a noticeable amount over the past year to get to where he is, developing his ability as a feeder and on defense. Miezan put up 35 goals and seven assists last year, also standing out in soccer and track.
2. Matt Magnan, M, Fox Lane (N.Y.) | Prime Time | Syracuse | No. 2
Magnan became the first sophomore to pick up All-American honors since 1999, netting an impressive 62 goals for the Foxes. Uber-confident and physically imposing, the lefty has excellent range on his outside shot and already looks the part of an ACC midfielder whether it’s a step-down or on the run. As he continues to develop his right hand and other aspects of his game, there’s no doubt that Magnan will remain towards the top of the list.
3. Jack Myers, A, Gonzaga (D.C.) | Crabs | Ivy League | No. 22
The most ambidextrous player in the class, Myers led the senior-laden Eagles in goals with 50 tallies along with 22 assists against an unrelenting schedule. Every bit of 6-foot-3, his basketball background is apparent around GLE as he embraces contact and surveys the field with an innate feel for the game. Deceptively quick, it will be intriguing to see what he can do as defenses focus on limiting him, though an excellent summer with the Baltimore Crabs should instill even more confidence.
4. Isaiah Dawson, M, Bishop’s (Calif.) | West Coast Starz | Ivy League | No. 3
Though his production dipped during the spring, there’s no denying Dawson’s phenomenal upside and overall well-roundedness. A smooth operator with his dodges up top, he warrants constant attention from longpoles, especially since his outside shot has taken a big step forward. Dawson was named All-Tournament at Under Armour playing with the West squad, standing out with defense and frequent punt return clears in particular.
5. Will Bowen, D, Boston College HS (Mass.) | Laxachusetts | UNC | No. 8
Bowen holds down the top D spot once again, finishing up a spring littered with honors and carrying that momentum into a summer where he constantly made his presence known. Standing 6’3 and 220 pounds, he fits the mold of Tar Heel defensemen with his size, but pairs that with excellent 1-on-1 play to frustrate attackmen. Picked up 121 groundballs with 11 points as a sophomore for BC High.
6. Joey Epstein, A, Landon (Md.) | Madlax | Hopkins | No. 6
Forced to carry the load due to graduation losses and injuries, Epstein often put the team on his back with multi-goal performances for the Bears. A pure competitor who has both toughness and burst, he plays a similar style to Rob Pannell and projects well at the next level, especially if he improves as a distributor. Also a two-way standout for Landon’s football team as a running back and linebacker.
7. Jacob Kelly, A, Calvert Hall (Md.) | FCA | UNC | No. 7
Yet another Kelly bound for Chapel Hill, the MIAA product and coach’s son was a steadying force as he adjusted to taking on No. 1 defensemen, racking up 31 goals and 36 assists in 2016. Kelly’s ability to make his teammates around him better sets him apart, as he’s the consummate quarterback and the guy you want to give the ball to at the end of the game. Will need to grow physically going forward, but that hasn’t held him back yet.
8. Wilson Stephenson, LSM/D, Brunswick (Conn.) | Prime Time | Duke | No. 32
Rising up a whopping 24 spots, Stephenson was a high impact cover man for ‘Wick and followed that up by turning heads all summer. Big, mean and left-handed, he gets it off the carpet cleanly and is remarkable with the ball in his stick running upfield. In addition, Stephenson is one of the better off-ball defenders in the country.
9. Nicky Solomon, A, Centennial (Ga.) | LB3 | UNC | No. 20
Playing a season after the graduation of brother Nate (Syracuse) was no issue, as Solomon notched a ridiculous 74 goals and 85 assists to lead the state in points and earn All-American status. With his combination of explosiveness, elite stick work and vision, he’s already incredibly difficult to cover, becoming one of the tournament’s offensive leaders at Under Armour while repping the South.
10. Griffin Westlin, M, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) | Leading Edge | Hopkins | No. 17
Westlin is another member of the Class of 2018 that really hit his stride in the spring, dicing opponents for 82 points as one of the best underclassmen in the state. The 5’10, 180-pound playmaker was often dominant leading the way for his club team, also helping NJ to a title at Under Armour. Can make things happen while inverting and has shown that he’s a clutch scorer when called upon.
11. Alex Simmons, A/M, Culver (Ind.) | St. Catharine’s (box) | Denver | NR
12. Brett Makar, LSM/D, Yorktown (N.Y.) | Yorktown Ballers | Maryland | No. 40
13. Grayson Sallade, M, Manheim Township (Pa.) | Big 4 HHH | Virginia | No. 5
14. Andrew Bonafede, G, Chaminade (N.Y.) | LI Express | Duke | No. 13
15. John John Lombardi, A/M, Salisbury (Conn.) | SweetLax | Michigan | No. 11
16. Cade Saustad, LSM/D, Highland Park (Tex.) | TX Mustangs | Virginia | No. 25
17. Owen Caputo, M, Middle Creek (N.C.) | Team 91 | Duke | No. 28
18. Evan Zinn, M, Staples (Conn.) | Express North | Hopkins | No. 29
19. Frank Marinello, D, Chaminade (N.Y.) | Team 91 | Duke | No. 10
20. Joe Neuman, F/O, Salisbury (Conn.) | SweetLax | *Yale | No. 12
21. BJ Farrare, LSM/D, McDonogh (Md.) | Crabs | Loyola | No. 16
22. Nick Loring, M, Noble & Greenough (Mass.) | Laxachusetts | *Harvard | WL
23. Jordan Ginder, FO/M, Deerfield (Mass.) | Team 91 | Duke | No. 9
24. Sam Dwinell, M, Middlesex (Mass.) | 3d New England | Duke | No. 15
25. Brian Cameron, A, Bishop Guertin (N.H.) | NH Tomahawks | UNC | No. 31
26. Jack Traynor, A/M, Malvern Prep (Pa.) | Mesa Fresh | Penn State | WL
27. Xander Dickson, A, Brunswick (Conn.) | Eclipse | *Virginia | WL
28. Ross Pridemore, A, McCallie (Tenn.) | SweetLax | *Loyola | No. 1
29. Zach Friedland, A, Torrey Pines (Calif.) | West Coast Starz | Georgetown | No. 30
30. Austin Stewart, M, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) | Madlax | Denver | WL
31. Harrison Schertzinger, M, Summit C.D. (Oh.) | Resolute | UNC | No. 27
32. Mac Bredahl, A, Chatham (N.J.) | Leading Edge | Villanova | NR
33. Griffin Gelinas, A, Brunswick (Conn.) | Prime Time | *Michigan | No. 14
34. Zach Green, A, Calvert Hall (Md.) | FCA | Maryland | No. 33
35. Sean Kuttin, M, Chaminade (N.Y.) | Team 91 | *Yale | No. 19
36. Evan Egan, D, Torrey Pines (Calif.) | West Coast Starz | UNC | No. 47
37. Oliver Hollo, LSM, Deerfield (Mass.) | Patriot | Harvard | No. 24
38. Will Kusnierek, M, Chaminade (N.Y.) | LI Express | *Princeton | No. 34
39. Kyle Long, A/M, Springfield-Delco (Pa.) | Duke’s | Maryland | NR
40. Kaleb Fernandez, A, Georgetown Prep (Md.) | Blackwolf | Penn | WL
41. Zac Tucci, F/O, Avon Old Farms (Conn.) | NH Tomahawks | *Harvard | No. 35
42. Andrew Russell, M, Victor (N.Y.) | SweetLax | Virginia | No. 46
43. Matt Brandau, A, Boys’ Latin (Md.) | Crabs | Yale | WL
44. Sam Handley, A, Jesuit (Ore.) | 3d Oregon | Penn | No. 48
45. Jake Stevens, M, Culver (Ind.) | Kitchener (box) | *Princeton | WL
46. Jack DeSantis, D, St. Francis DeSales (Oh.) | Resolute | Maryland | WL
47. Emmett Jones, LSM/D, Lakeridge (Ore.) | 3d Oregon | Michigan | No. 21
48. Brady Kenneally, D, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) | LI Express | Hopkins | No. 49
49. Henry Schertzinger, M, Summit C.D. (Oh.) | Resolute | UNC | No. 44
50. Jordan Young, D, Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) | Big 4 HHH | *Michigan | No. 18
51. Patrick Burkinshaw, G, Brunswick (Conn.) | Eclipse | Virginia
52. Brian Reda, A, Pleasantville (N.Y.) | Express North | Fairfield
53. Nicky Bond, M, Westfield (N.J.) | Leading Edge | *Princeton
54. Quinn McCahon, M, Malvern Prep (Pa.) | Big 4 HHH | *Notre Dame
55. Chase Scanlan, M, IMG Academy (Fla.) | SweetLax | *Loyola
56. Michael Gomez, D, Half Holow Hills East (N.Y.) | Team 91 | Hopkins
57. Luke Summers, M, Parkland (Pa.) | Big 4 HHH | Michigan
58. Caton Johnson, G, Manheim Township (Pa.) | Duke’s LC | UNC
59. Max Verch, LSM, Syosset (N.Y.) | Team 91 | Maryland
60. Will Plansky, M, St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) | Laxachusetts | *Maryland
61. Michael Ubriaco, LSM, Boys’ Latin (Md.) | Crabs | Hopkins
62. Skyler Wilson, M, Claremont (B.C.) | Apex | Denver
63. Teioshontathe McComber, A, Salisbury (Conn.) | SweetLax | Albany
64. Mac McLaughlin, A, Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) | Big 4 HHH | *Navy
65. Zac Ludd, A, Governor’s (Mass.) | NH Tomahawks | Ohio State
66. George Wichelns, A, Connetquot (N.Y.) | Team 91 | Maryland
67. William Clayton, M, Culver (Ind.) | Maple Ridge (box) | *Denver
68. Quentin Buchman, M, Santa Margarita (Calif.) | West Coast Starz | *Boston U.
69. Matt Stucchi, M, Shenendehowa (N.Y.) | 3d Tri-State | Loyola
70. Braden Burke, LSM, John Jay (N.Y.) | Prime Time | Duke
71. Griffin Cook, A, Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) | Orange Crush | Syracuse
72. JP Lannig, A, Syosset (N.Y.) | LI Express | Michigan
73. Reed Moshyedi, M, Churchill (Md.) | Crabs | Brown
74. Zach Hobbes, M, Ward Melville (N.Y.) | LI Express | Harvard
75. Shahe Katchadurian, G, John Jay (N.Y.) | Prime Time | Syracuse
76. Sean Mooney, A, Kent Island (Md.) | Annapolis Hawks | Towson
77. Peter Thompson, M, Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) | True | Georgetown
78. Zach Johnson, M, Landon (Md.) | Madlax | Michigan
79. Ramsey McCreary, A, The Woodlands (Tex.) | Stickstar | *Notre Dame
80. Adam Ritter, M, Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) | NXT | High Point
81. Pat McIlroy, D, Westfield (N.J.) | Leading Edge | Denver
82. Chase Cope, M, Severna Park (Md.) | Annapolis Hawks | Navy
83. Spencer Grant, F/O, Torrey Pines (Calif.) | West Coast Starz | Michigan
84. Jack Simmons, M, McDonogh (Md.) | Crabs | *Virginia
85. Jake Wornow, M, Westfield (N.J.) | Leading Edge | Yale
86. David Sprock, M, Dallas Jesuit (Tex.) | Iron Horse | Virginia
87. Beau Pederson, A/M, Park City (Ut.) | West Coast Starz | Princeton
88. Patrick Skalniak, M, Episcopal Dallas (Tex.) | TX Mustangs | *Navy
89. Bryce Clay, A, Forest Hills Central (Mich.) | Juiced Cherries | Michigan
90. Declan McDermott, M, Pleasantville (N.Y.) | Express North | *Georgetown
91. Jack Connelly, LSM, Calvert Hall (Md.) | FCA Maryland | Towson
92. Tate Young, M, Westlake (Tex.) | LI Express | Penn
93. Jayce Lambert, A, Thayer Academy (Mass.) | Laxachusetts | PG / Holy Cross
94. Tanner Hay, D, Victor (N.Y.) | SweetLax | Albany
95. Robbie Olsen, M, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) | Crabs | Penn
96. Javon Johnson, A/M, McCallie (Tenn.) | Duke’s LC | Michigan
97. Jack Pucci, A, Syosset (N.Y.) | SweetLax | Marquette
98. Steven Cornwell, LSM, Paul VI (Va.) | Madlax | *UMBC
99. Jacob Walthour, LSM/D, Columbia (N.J.) | Leading Edge | Syracuse
100. Brett Hobbs, A/M, Salesianum (Del.) | Big 4 HHH | Villanova