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Recruiting notebook: Sophomores Black, Barretto make oral commitments

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Two more local sophomores have made oral commitments to Division I men's lacrosse teams, with McDonogh midfielder Robby Black picking Notre Dame and St. Paul's goalie A.J. Barretto choosing Army.

Black earned significant minutes as a freshman, helping the Eagles advance to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinals. The 6-foot-3 left-hander plays club for Greene Turtle and attended Jake Reed's Nike Blue Chip camp this summer. He also considered Duke, Maryland, Ohio State and Georgetown.

A member of the Maryland Lacrosse Club, Barretto attended Jake Reed's Nike Blue Chip camp, Maryland Team Camp, Princeton Team Camp and the Loyola Shootout, where he was an All-Star. Barretto also considered North Carolina, Duke, Princeton, Loyola and Johns Hopkins.

The commitments continue a trend that has sparked controversy, with US Lacrosse, the sport's governing body, last month calling for restrictions on the age at which players may be recruited and saying the current recruiting climate is negatively affecting players, coaches and parents. This year, about 50 sophomore boys had made commitments heading into November, according to Inside Lacrosse magazine. Just a few years ago, commitments by sophomores were extremely rare.

 More commitments

Calvert Hall junior goalie Henry Vido has orally committed to Lafayette. The 5-10, 165-pound recruit plays club for Rough Riders U18 Elite and FCA U-17, earning All-Star appearances at Top 205 and Loyola Shootout camps this summer. In December, he'll play for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions. Vido also considered Villanova, Brown, Dartmouth and Vermont. 

Calvert Hall junior midfielder Colin McLaughlin has orally committed to Siena. The 6-foot, 185-pound recruit plays club for the Baltimore Keys/Trilogy in the summer. He also considered Bucknell, Jacksonville and Dartmouth. 

Baltimore Sun reporter Jon Fogg contributed.

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