Three More Ninth-Graders Commit to Colleges
A month after Haverford (Pa.) School standout Forry Smith became the first rising high school freshman ever to commit to a NCAA Division I men's lacrosse program, the floodgates are officially open.
Three additional ninth-graders have verbally committed to colleges, according to a report by The Baltimore Sun. Two of them -- midfielder Sam Offutt of Landon (Md.) School and long-stick midfielder Jack Reilly of Conestoga (Pa.) High -- will play at Virginia. They join Smith (Johns Hopkins), an attackman, and Salesianum (Del.) School defenseman Patrick Lyons (North Carolina) among Division I-bound players who have never suited up for a high school game.
The early recruiting trend has college coaches both concerned and embattled over their culpability in it. Earlier this month, the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) discussed a self-policing policy which would ban contacting recruits until July 1 after their sophomore year. Another suggestion to slow down the cycle: not attending weekday recruiting events from Sept. 1-May 1.
No formal decisions were made, however, and recent NCAA proposals could lead to even less regulation of recruiting across all college sports.
All four of the rising freshmen who have committed to colleges gained recognition through their club teams and on the summer camp circuit. Smith and Lyons both play for Duke's Lacrosse Club and Mesa Fresh in Philadelphia. Offutt plays for the D.C.-based Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club (D.C.). Reilly plays for NXT Lacrosse (Pa.).