When Johns Hopkins landed the first-ever oral commitment from a high school freshman lacrosse player last month, one thing was certain:
It would not be the last.
And now comes word of the second player who has made his college choice before setting foot on a high school field: long-stick midfielder/defenseman Jack Reilly of Conestoga High in Berwyn, Pa., who has committed to Virginia, according to multiple reports.
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Reilly joins Forry Smith, who orally committed to Hopkins in November. Smith attends Haverford School in Havertown, less than 10 miles east of Conestoga in southeastern Pennsylvania's lacrosse hotbed.
Reilly, who at 6 feet, 155 pounds is also a basketball player, plays for NXT Lacrosse out of the Philadelphia area. He did a Q&A with NXT, including talking about why he picked the Cavaliers. This is Virginia's first announced oral commitment from a member of the Class of 2016.
G. Gait's son commits
Braedon Gait, the son of former Baltimore Bayhawks player-coach and former Maryland women's assistant coach Gary Gait, has orally committed to Princeton, according to LaxLessons.com. The younger Gait is a junior at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, N.Y.
“The main factor for my decision was that Princeton is a top contender for the national championship,” Braedon told LaxLessons.com. “They have won championships in the past and continue to be a threat.
“Another factor in my decision is the Princeton education. I want to get the best education available, and I believe Princeton can give me that.”
Gait played for both the Central New York Roadhawks and Team United in showcase tournaments such as the Quaker LaxFest, NSCLA and UPLax; he also played in the Adrenaline Black Card Showcase. Gait also considered Brown and Harvard.