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December 2020 NCAA Commitment Round Up: 48 boys commit from the Deep South

Updated: Jan 15

We are pleased to report that in the month of December a total of 48 high school boys from the Deep South verbally committed to play NCAA lacrosse, with 3 of them planning to join D1 programs. Please note, our area of coverage in the Deep South consists of the 9 states east/northeast of Texas (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN).


North Carolina led all states with 18 commitments, followed by Georgia with 11, Florida with 9, then South Carolina with 4, Tennessee with 3, Alabama with 2 and Louisiana with 1. Georgia placed 2 of the D1 commitments last month, while the 3rd came from Alabama. The following is the list of the players from the Deep South who committed to college programs in the month of December:



Caleb Duke - 2021 Goaltender at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham (Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association) committed to play DIII lacrosse at Birmingham Southern College (AL) in the Southern Athletic Association.

Max Hull - 2022 Attackman at Vestavia Hills High School in Vestavia Hills (Thunder LB3/3D/Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association) committed to play D1 lacrosse at Drexel University (PA) in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Nick Cordero - 2021 Attackman at Durant High School in Plant City (Puerto Rico U-19 National Team) committed to play DII lacrosse at Young Harris College (GA) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.


Creek Gausman - 2021 Midfielder at Lake Nona High School in Orlando (Lacrosse Club Orlando) committed to play DIII lacrosse at Marymount University (VA) in the Atlantic East Conference.

Nick Griffith - 2021 Attackman at Oviedo High School in Oviedo (Always Sunny Lacrosse) committed to play DII lacrosse at Calvin University (MI) in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Ayden Kulick - 2021 Goaltender at Sarasota Military Academy in Sarasota (Maninx) committed to play NAIA lacrosse at Webber International University (FL) in the Sun Conference.

Braedan Mahieu - 2021 Defenseman at Jensen Beach High School in Jensen Beach committed to play NAIA lacrosse at Reinhardt University (GA) in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.


Dalton McGuire - 2021 Midfielder at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra (Phins Sweetlax/Villages Lacrosse) committed to play DII lacrosse in Conference Carolinas at Belmont Abbey College (NC).

Gage Olsen - 2021 Defenseman/LSM at Wellington High School in Wellington (Creator's Game) committed to play NAIA lacrosse at Keiser University (FL) in the Sun Conference.


Jackson Sytsma - 2021 Defenseman at Chiles High School in Tallahassee (850 Lacrosse Club) committed to play DII lacrosse at Florida Tech (FL) in the Sunshine State Conference.

Zack Taylor - 2021 Defenseman at Salisbury School in Connecticut (Sweetlax Upstate) is a Tampa native and has committed to play DIII lacrosse at Vassar College (NY) in the Liberty League (this commitment happened in July).



Max Fritz - 2021 Midfielder at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta (Nation United) committed to play D1 lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania (PA) in the Ivy League.

Mathew Gilbert - 2021 Defenseman at Pope High School in Marietta (Georgia Thunder) committed to play DII lacrosse at Young Harris College (GA) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Shane Kelly - 2021 Midfielder at Starr's Mill High School in Fayetteville (Thunder LB3) committed to play DII lacrosse in Conference Carolinas at Belmont Abbey College (NC).

Zachary Layne - 2021 Midfielder at South Forsyth High School in Cumming (Thunder LB3) committed to play DII lacrosse in Conference Carolinas at Belmont Abbey College (NC).

Tracy Redwine - 2021 SSDM at McEachern High School in Powder Springs committed to play NAIA lacrosse at St. Andrews University (NC) in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (this commitment happened in October).

Blake Rowse - 2021 Attackman at Milton High School in Alpharetta (Thunder LB3) committed to play DII lacrosse at Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL) in the Sunshine State Conference.

Cole Shallat - 2021 Attackman at MXB Prep Academy (MA)/formerly at Gwinnett High School in Suwanee committed to play DII lacrosse at Anderson University (SC) in the South Atlantic Conference (this commitment happened in October).

Riley Shaw - 2021 Midfielder at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee (3D Georgia) committed to play DIII lacrosse at Babson College (MA) in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.

Hunter Stagg - 2021 Midfielder at North Forsyth High School in Cumming committed to play DII lacrosse at Young Harris College (GA) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.


Wilson Van Buren - 2022 Face-off Specialist at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell (West Coast Starz/Sweetlax National) committed to play D1 lacrosse in the Ivy League at Dartmouth College (NH).

Dylan Wilbur - 2021 Goaltender/Defenseman at North Paulding High School in Dallas committed to play DII lacrosse at Young Harris College (GA) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.



Patrick Richard - 2021 Midfielder at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge (FTK For The Kids) committed to play DIII lacrosse at Hendrix College (AR) in the Southern Athletic Association.







Nathan Buck - 2021 Defenseman at Apex Friendship High School in Apex (Carolina National/Red Devil United) committed to play DII lacrosse at Wingate University (NC) in the South Atlantic Conference.

Jahzmar Carr - 2021 Goaltender at Sun Valley High School in Monroe (Rattlesnakes Lacrosse) committed to play DIII lacrosse at William Peace University (NC) in the USA South Athletic Conference (this commitment happened in November).

Parker Collins - 2021 Midfielder/Attackman at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte (Rattlesnakes Lacrosse) committed to play DII lacrosse at Flagler College (FL) in the Peach Belt Conference (this commitment happened in November).

Jack Hines - 2021 Attackman at Episcopal High School in Virginia (Team 24/7 Lacrosse) committed to play DIII lacrosse at Denison University (OH) in the North Coast Athletic Conference (this commitment happened in July).


Ben Johnston - 2021 Defenseman/LSM at Lake Norman High School in Mooresville (Team Carolina Lacrosse) committed to play DII lacrosse at Mars Hill University (NC) in the South Atlantic Conference.

Will Kastel - 2021 Defenseman/LSM at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville (Carolina Miners) committed to play DII lacrosse at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (AL) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Tyler Leighton - 2021 Attackman at Garner Magnet High School in Garner (Red Devils United) committed to play DII lacrosse in Conference Carolinas at Belmont Abbey College (NC).

Aidan McAvoy - 2021 Attackman at Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island (Team 24/7 Lacrosse) committed to play DIII lacrosse at Connecticut College (CT) in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (this commitment happened in July).

Matt McCleary - 2021 Defenseman at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw (Rattlesnakes Lacrosse) committed to play DIII lacrosse at Juniata College (PA) in the Landmark Conference (this commitment happened in November).

Eli Meyer - 2021 Attackman at Hoggard High School in Wilmington (Cape Fear Shamrocks) committed to play DII lacrosse at Anderson University (SC) in the South Atlantic Conference (this commitment happened in October).


Jacob Mintz - 2021 Midfielder and Attackman at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw (Team 24/7 Lacrosse/Team Carolina Lacrosse) committed to play DII lacrosse at Lander University (SC) in the Peach Belt Conference.

Kiernan O'Connell - 2021 Attackman at Croatan High School in Newport (Cape Fear Shamrocks) committed to play DII lacrosse at Anderson University (SC) in the South Atlantic Conference (this commitment happened in November).


George Rockett - 2021 Midfielder at Green Hope High School in Cary (Red Devils United) committed to play DIII lacrosse at Methodist University (NC) in the USA South Atlantic Conference.

Jacob Scannell - 2021 Defenseman at Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs (Team 91 Carolina) committed to play DII lacrosse at Catawba College (NC) in the South Atlantic Conference.

Nate Senez - 2021 Attackman and Midfielder at Middle College High School in Durham (Shred Thread National) committed to play DII lacrosse in Conference Carolinas at Limestone University (SC). (This commitment happened in July).


Micah Stechmiller - 2021 Attackman at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville committed to play DII lacrosse at Queens University of Charlotte (NC) in the South Atlantic Conference (this commitment happened in September).

Will Tessin - 2021 Defenseman at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw committed to play DII lacrosse at Albion College (MI) in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.


Tanner Willis - 2021 Defenseman/LSM at E.A. Laney High School in Wilmington (Cape Fear Shamrocks) committed to play DII lacrosse at Wingate University (NC) in the South Atlantic Conference (this commitment happened in November).



Adam Dulske - 2021 Defenseman at Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs (Spartanburg Sting) committed to play DII lacrosse in Conference Carolinas at Emmanuel College (GA).

Dimitri Hrysikos - 2021 Midfielder at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville committed to play DII lacrosse at Anderson University (SC) in the South Atlantic Conference (this commitment happened in November).


Lukus Olson - 2021 Attackman/Midfielder at Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs (Spartanburg Sting) committed to play DII lacrosse at Young Harris College (GA) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Tyler Weiss - 2022 Defenseman at Catawba Ridge High School in Fort Mill (Team 24/7 Lacrosse) committed to play DII lacrosse at Lander University (SC) in the Peach Belt Conference.


Haden Berry - 2021 Midfielder at Cookeville High School in Cookeville committed to play DII lacrosse at Lincoln Memorial University (TN) in the South Athletic Conference.


Carson Bowling - 2021 Attackman at Cookeville High School in Cookeville committed to play DII lacrosse at Lincoln Memorial University (TN) in the South Athletic Conference.

Mason Vandawater - 2021 Attackman at MXB Prep Academy (MA)/ formerly at Centennial High School in Franklin committed to play DIII lacrosse at Marymount University (VA) in the Atlantic East Conference.


Congratulations to all 48 of you, your families, coaches and programs. We wish you much success in the classroom, on the field, and in life.


Did we miss anyone? E-mail us at deepsouthlaxreport@gmail.com with information on any player in the Deep South who committed in December but was not on our list, so we can immediately add them to January's report.


Recap compiled by Larry Palumbo, released on Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 11:00 EST

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