By Jon Fogg
The Baltimore Sun
12:40 PM EST, December 26, 2012
Yes, Virginia, there is no clause banning early recruiting.
But no one had to tell Virginia this -- Cavaliers men's lacrosse coach Dom Starsia is well-aware.
In fact, the Cavs have become the first team to accept two oral commitments from freshmen, landing Sam Offutt of Landon School in Bethesda, according to Inside Lacrosse. A two-way midfielder who can also take faceoffs, Offutt plays club for the 2016 Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club (D.C.). This fall, Greene Turtle D.C. competed in UPLax and the Greene Turtle Fall Invitational.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Offutt played last summer with Next Level Lacrosse and helped its under-15 team win Warrior Vail Lacrosse Tournament in Vail, Colo. He also attended the Jake Reed's Nike Blue Chip Rising Freshman camp and will play in the Rising Sophomore camp next summer. Offutt also plays soccer.
Offutt joins freshman long-stick midfielder/defenseman Jack Reilly of Conestoga High in Berwyn, Pa., who committed to Virginia this month. Two other freshmen have made oral commitments: attackman Forry Smith (Johns Hopkins) of Haverford School in Havertown, Pa., and defenseman Patrick Lyons (North Carolina) of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del.
Change is on the horizon for recruiting in college sports, and the trend appears to be toward less regulation rather than more. The NCAA Rules Working Group has recommended numerous changes for formal adoption next month, including one that would allow coaches to contact recruits earlier in their high school careers; no rule exists regarding when players may contact coaches or make unofficial campus visits.
Other oral commitments
Inside Lacrosse contributed.
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