Uncommitted 24: Class of 2022 Episode 2: 24 Rising Seniors from all around our region
Welcome to episode 2 of the Uncommitted 24 presented by Team 24 Lacrosse where today we are going to take a look at the next 2 dozen top uncommitted rising seniors in our region. We will keep adding '22s in installments of 24 over the course of the month so keep checking back on the website often to follow the complete list. We will also be posting episode 1 of our Uncommitted 24 for the class of 2023 sometime before the September 1st NCAA open period begins so you won't want to miss that either.
Congratulations to two class of 2022 players from last week's episode 1 who committed, Ryker Demarest announced his commitment to play D1 lacrosse at the University of Vermont the next day, and Will Hedley announced his commitment to play D3 lacrosse at Gettysburg College yesterday afternoon.
We have taken a long hard look at the rising senior class from all over our 9 states to determine who is still left uncommitted and currently looking for that perfect match of studies and athletics. This is not a ranking of any sort, it is simply a list of kids who we have seen play and have proven to us that they have the talent to compete in college. There is still a ton of great talent left in the Deep South from the 2022 class so let's get right into who we have seen play well over the last 12 months of lacrosse:
Michael Milanes from St. Thomas Aquinas High School FL, Sweetlax Florida - Michael is a lefty Attackman who can initiate off dodge to create offensive opportunities for himself and his teammates. He has a real good hard accurate shot from further out and is dangerous if you don't stay on his hands. Late on a pick? He's gonna make you pay. He will be scoring goals at the next level somewhere.
Tyler Moltisanti from Allen D. Nease High School FL, Ohana Lacrosse Company, Villages Lacrosse - Tyler became a starter at Nease his freshman season. He is a good ball handler who is a shifty dodger liking to work down low to create opportunity in close but also possesses a nice strong, accurate shot from the perimeter. He sees the field well and looks to find cutters when it's there. We expect Moltisanti to be yet another Nease lacrosse player who will move onto the college game.
Braden "Brady" Myers Attackman from Mauldin High School SC, Team Carolina, Carolina National, 91 Charlotte - Officially listed at attack and midfield, Brady became a starter at attack as a freshman at Mauldin and seems comfortable working from any spot on offense, good hard shot from up high and is a weapon when the ball is in his stick dodging down low. He also works well off ball making himself an option to teammates on cuts and picks. Myers is a transplant from Ohio who plays wide receiver and tight end on the varsity football team and is a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo.
Dominick DeVito from IMG Academy FL, The Benjamin School FL, Creator's Game, Bucks Lacrosse - DeVito has re-classed and will be attending IMG Academy for the 2022 season which only increases this kids stock. He is a "do it all" midfielder who is likely on the radars of the biggest programs in the country. Dominick can really rip corners, but he is so much more then just a shooter, he's also a really smart player with great game vision, very good feeder, finisher, and strong transition game. He played so well in the "shadows" of goal scorers Trevor Natalie (incoming freshman at Jacksonville) and Luke Pisani (rising senior Army commit) at Benjamin last season, often finding his spots to dominate offensively himself. Defensively you won't see him out of position often either, great motor, very hard to beat man to man. He is going to pose serious problems for opponents on both sides of the ball out of Bradenton next season and presumptuously at the next level afterwards. DeVito is a multi-sport athlete as he also played varsity basketball at Benjamin.
Chase Garey from St. Thomas Aquinas High School FL, Florida Crabs - is a 2 way middie who we just love to watch play defensively, it seems the better the opponent is the more Garey rises his game to shut them down. Real good wheels in transition as well. Definitely chips in offensively too.
Zack Salo from Buford High School GA, 3d Georgia, Thunder - Salo is a multi-sport athlete at Buford where he plays football also and it shows on the lacrosse field. He is a fast 2 way middie who plays excellent defense and will hurt you offensively. We really noticed his play in the transition game where he uses speed and toughness to navigate his way through tough rides grabbing our utmost attention.
Austin Santoro from Bishop Verot Catholic High School FL, Team 24, Rhino, Upstate Salt Kings - Austin is a fast 2 way middie who has a nice hard accurate shot from the outside and can be a reliable dodger in creating offensive opportunities. He plays well on defense where he uses his quickness to push opposing dodgers down the alleys and is usually relied upon to move the ball up the field in transition after a change in possession. Big step up in athleticism after competing in New York the last 2 summers. Named Captain at Verot his junior season and is the true leader of a young Vikings squad in Fort Myers. Santoro used to take draws at the face-off dot as well.
Nathan Zonarich from Brentwood High School TN, No Excuse - Nathan is a very energetic 2 way midfielder who creates plays all over the field including in transition where he can be relied upon to use his speed and grit to get the ball upfield himself. Zonarich also plays forward on the varsity ice hockey team at Brentwood and you can see how that translates to his style of play on the lacrosse field. Not sure if he is being recruited in both sports or not, but we sure hope to see him playing lacrosse in college down the road.
Defense/LSM (3): Chris Czulada from St. John Paul II Academy FL, Florida Elite, Palm Beach United - Czulada plays a very aggressive style of D, he combines nifty hands with good feet and lets his quickness allow him to bring the ball upfield when the situation calls for it. Good pedigree as his brother Zack was a 4 year starter in goal for Piedmont College and is now a graduate assistant at North Greenville University. Chris is such a good athlete it would not surprise us to see him start as a freshman wherever he ends up in college.
Windham Hewitt from Johns Creek High School GA, Homewood High School, AL, 3d Georgia - Hewitt is headed to Johns Creek to play his senior year which surely disappoints fans in Alabama, but it is going to be great for him to get varsity reps in the much stronger Atlanta region. After watching him perform with 3d Georgia we predict a strong senior season in the GHSA. Windham is aggressive on D, good feet on ball allows him to work the hands where he is known to place timely checks often dislodging the ball from his opponent. Also plays LSM and has the ability to turn the ball around the other way.
Thomas Slagle from Providence School of Jacksonville FL, Florida Crabs, Sweetlax Florida, PVAA Sharks - Slagle is an absolute force offensively, so much so PSJ allowed him time in offensive sets last season and the decision paid dividends as he averaged more then 2 goals per game scoring 35 goals and adding 7 assists to wrap up his junior season. He is fierce on defense using his size and athleticism to hunt down ball carriers like prey, landing checks and vacuuming up gb's before legging them the other way. His phone has got to be ringing off the hook.
Goaltending (1): Thomas Dugan from River Ridge High School GA, Atlanta Kings - Thomas has very good reflexes in cage and makes impressive saves look easy, even vacuuming bounce shots cleanly usually leaving little in regards to rebounds. He shows good form and absolutely put on a clinic at the Nova Shootout All-Star Game in Leesburg, Virginia last month. Dugan also plays varsity football at River Ridge.
While we have seen the rest of the boys compete whom are listed below, we'll need to see more of them to confidently describe their game. We may not be ready to describe them yet, but we can say that we have seen enough of them to know that these boys should be on the radar of college coaches nationwide:
Attack (2): Lee Butler from Walton High School GA, Thunder, Nation United, FCA MD, Big 4 HHH (Butler also plays tight end and linebacker on the varsity football team at Walton)
Scott Stickles from Roswell High School GA, Thunder National Midfield (2): J.M. Dupree from Porter-Gaud School SC, Charleston Elite
Mathias Oslund from Boiling Springs SC, Team Carolina (plays M or A)
Face-off (1): Caden Canzano from Walton High School GA, Thunder (the FOGO/M is also is a letterman in wrestling for the varsity team at Walton) Defense (3): Kyle Baxter from Canterbury School FL, MadLax Nationals, Old Bay Lacrosse Dillon Bethea from Heritage High School NC, Team 91 Carolina (Bethea also plays middle linebacker for the varsity football team at Heritage)
Denton Shamburger from The Westminster Schools GA, Thunder
Asa Jones from Woodward Academy GA, Thunder Weston Hammond from McCallie School TN, Thunder (Hammond also plays wide receiver and cornerback for the varsity football team at McCallie)
Sims Nichols from Vestavia Hills AL, Atlanta Kings National, Team Eighteen, Shred Thread (Sims also plays strong safety for the varsity football team at Vestavia Hills)
Goaltending (1): Harrison Lewis from Woodward Academy GA, Thunder We don't expect these 24 kids to stay uncommitted for very much longer. Check back in soon to catch the next wave of '22 players who show up in episode 3 of the Uncommitted 24. Uncommitted 24 prepared by Larry Palumbo Powered by Team 24 Lacrosse, providing skills camps, strengthening programs, specialized training and tournament play in Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Upstate New York. Learn more at www.TheGameOfCrosses.org All photos provided courtesy of www.CoyoteMagicActionShots.com Article released on Thursday, August 19, 2021 @ 08:00 EST All rights reserved, 2021 copyright by Deep South Lax Report