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Both Sides Of The Coin – Part One: A List of Florida Kids On Division 1 NCAA Teams

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in , , .
  This is part one to show the two sides of the recruiting coin for Florida bred lacrosse players.  I have only included the IMG kids who are Florida raised as opposed to those who are from out of the state.  These are from the current rosters and do not mean they are getting playing time.  The list runs the gamut from seriously successful players . . . All Americans, Starters, Conference First Team players, etc., all the way down to roster players who never get on the field. In the second article we are going to publish an editorial from Paul Davis, who takes the position of not allowing the recruiting process be too focused on the need to make a Division 1 choice.  One thing I have noticed over the 5 years I have written here is that there has been a tendency to reach for some players to a Division 1 commitment when in the long run it would be wiser to go the D2 or D3 route.  When we publish a commitment letter for a player we always make sure to never differentiate between someone committing to a D1 school versus the rest because I don’t want to embellish that type of decision. Those who talk with me at a game or listen to a podcast when the subject comes up (like the Mike Loveday preseason podcast this year) know I very strongly believe that the player needs to pick the college that they want to go to if they never play lacrosse again.  I will never waiver from that belief, no matter how big the sport becomes.  The choice of the college a young man picks is the single most important decision they will make until they decide on a life partner.  I have seen a number of kids over the 5 years that left their D1 school of choice before the season even started, so that tells me they didn’t focus enough on what was really important . . .   For those who are interested, I believe last year’s total was 44 across all the country.  This year’s list was put together about a month ago so it might not be fully accurate if a few players have since left their roster or even left school this calendar year.  In case anyone is wondering, I put the list together each year and send it off to Quint Kessenich for use on ESPN broadcasts.  This list is now at 65 kids, a nearly FIFTY PERCENT increase in one year.  That’s pretty good. But one caution . . . I can GUARANTEE that some of these names will not be there next year.  Because they did not get the experience overall they expected, among other reasons.   Here is the complete list of Florida-raised kids currently on D1 rosters:   Syracuse                                            Sergio Salcido                     Winter Park Georgetown                                      Devon Lewis                        Lake Highland Prep Boston Univeristy                           Sam Talkow                         Pine Crest Boston University                           Jackson Colling                   Lake Highland Prep High Point                                        Terrell Sands                       St. Edwards High Point                                        Griff Caligiuri                      Lake Highland Prep Delaware                                           Don Eidson                          Lake Highland Prep Delaware                                           Jake Levine                          Saint Andrew’s Mount St. Mary’s                             Stephano Mastro                Tampa Jesuit Towson                                              JP Crowley                           St Thomas Aquinas Duke                                                   Connor Alexander              Jupiter Duke                                                   Tripp Transou                     Maclay Duke                                                   Teddy Transou                    Maclay Hofstra                                               Michael Diener                   Pine Crest Cornell                                                Grant Mahler                      Saint Andrew’s Cornell                                                Anthony Texeira                 Bolles Manhattan                                         Parker Giarratana              Boca Raton Manhattan                                         Gian Noto                            Creekside Manhattan                                         Trevor Pelletier                   Gulliver Prep Bryant                                                 Viper Scheele                      Jupiter Bryant                                                 Jack Staab                           Jensen Beach Denver                                                Hunter Krout                      Barron Collier/Hotchkiss Maryland                                            Alex Tumminello               St Thomas Aquinas Maryland                                            Jared Bernhardt                Lake Brantley Maryland                                            Colin Hayek                        Oxbridge Academy Furman                                               Chase Hancock                  Bartram Trail Furman                                               Ty Randell                           Oak Hall Furman                                               Louie Yovino                       St. Thomas Aquinas Furman                                               Ben Yetman                        Jupiter Christian Monmouth                                         Dakota Dunmire                Oviedo Navy                                                    Hiram Carter                      Lake Brantley Navy                                                    Julian Bonilla                      Creekside Jacksonville                                       Eric Applegate                    Ponte Vedra Jacksonville                                       Fernando Milanes              St. Thomas Aquinas Jacksonville                                       Hayden La Vangie              Fleming Island Jacksonville                                       Garrett Arnold                    Melbourne Cent Cath Jacksonville                                       Zach Crotty                          Jupiter Jacksonville                                       Granite Porcher                  Hagerty Jacksonville                                       Natron Curtis                      Brevard Jacksonville                                       Finn Swanson                     Buchholz Jacksonville                                       Will Indest                           Winter Park Saint Joseph’s                                   Mike Adler                           St. Thomas Aquinas North Carolina                                  Tim Gehlbach                     Lake Brantley North Carolina                                  Michael Nathan                  Barron Collier Notre Dame                                       Stephen Chase                    Maclay Binghamton                                       Dan Belline                         IMG via Miami Albany                                                 Davis Diamond                  Saint Andrew’s Marquette                                           Anthony Courcelle            Cypress Bay (redshirt) Ohio State                                           Colin O’Hare                       Benjamin School Rutgers                                                Jarett Alfaro                       American Heritage-Plantation Rutgers                                                Nick McCabe                      Boca Raton Rutgers                                                Charlie Nicklaus                Benjamin School Cleveland State                                  Brandon Ruditz                 Boca Raton Yale                                                      Jerry O’Connor                  Benjamin School Army                                                    Peter Cox                             Jupiter Army                                                    Miles Silva                           Ponte Vedra Army                                                    Bennett Taylor                    HB Plant Colgate                                                Lewis Langford                   Maclay Holy Cross                                          Evan Kachris                       Bishop Moore Air Force                                             Daniel Pagano                     WT Dwyer Air Force                                             Logan Taucher                    Ponte Vedra Air Force                                             Chandler Coons                  Buchholz Bellarmine                                          Evan Kalish                          Hebron/Vero Beach Bellarmine                                          Max Smith                            IMG via Sarasota Hampton                                            Julian Edwards                    The First Academy