When Syosset (N.Y.) senior goaltender Ryan Feit verbally committed to Johns Hopkins in October, 2010, a decision first reported here at LaxLessons.com, it signaled the start of a trend.

One that was the talk of the lax world for months — until it was no longer unique.

Now, sophomore verbal commitments are almost commonplace.

But in the last month, the accelerated recruiting process has advanced one step further.

In late November, Forry Smith, an attackman at the Haverford School (Pa.), became the first freshman to verbal when rumors and speculation that trickled through social media were eventually confirmed that he had committed to Johns Hopkins.

Then, earlier this month, Jack Reilly (pictured here), a ninth-grade defender from nearby Conestoga (Pa.), committed to Virginia.

Will freshman commitments soon spread beyond the Keystone State?

Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Smith’s commitment and its potential ramifications were explored in a story at LaxMagazine.com that was published on Monday, Dec. 10.

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2 Responses to “College commits by HS freshmen drawing more attention”

  1. IslandLaxpert says:

    I do think that Philly area folks are a bit less advanced when it comes to recruiting process and agree that we will probably not see a tri state kid commit as a frosh but the way things are going, who knows?

    • Chuck says:

      Honestly the tri-state folks act as if they’re so godlike that they can just say whatever they want about anything lacrosse wise. The tri-state isnt the only lacrosse hotbed. Everyone from the tri-state should get that throughout their thick heads and accept the reality of the lacrosse world. Freshman recruiting happens in other sports on a daily basis and you stupid numbnuts cant mock philly kids by stating they’re new to the recruiting scene even though tri-state freshman will definately commit soon. Philly isnt a joke, so get it through all you skulls and lay off.

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