Michalik started off the year strong by turning in an All-Star performance at IMG at LSM. It gave a peek into the 6-2, 180-pounder’s versatility. The recent Yale verbal is fluid and athletic in his movements, which allows him to match feet with smaller, quicker attackmen. He’s excellent off the ground and pushes transition well. It helps that his size and speed make him extremely tough to slow down in the open field.
Greene turned in an All-Star performance at Maverik Showtime to highlight the early part of his summer. He’s one of the best offensive threats out of midfield in the class as he combines change of direction, shiftiness and a hard shot. Greene’s skill level is through the roof, and he can be a mismatch for a lot of defenders. He put up 37 goals and 42 assists as an eighth grader at LI Lutheran and chipped in seven goals and two assists for a stacked Friars team this spring, numbers that should spike this year.
One of the headliners in Brown’s strong early class, Brayer was a man possessed this spring for Torrey Pines. He was nearly automatic at the faceoff stripe, winning 87 percent of his battles, and he showed off the stick work to easily push transition and make himself a scoring threat. Brayer was outstanding at the Elite 120 and was a force all summer long for the Starz.
Minniti likely would have been much higher on this list had he been able to continue dominating throughout the summer. He was reportedly dominating at Maverik Showtime before being sidelined with an injury that wiped out his summer.
A very explosive and agile midfielder whose first step leaves most defenders scrambling to turn and run, Minniti can also pack a ton of power into his shot. He was the second of three – maybe not the last? – of the Resolute ’23s to commit to the in-state Buckeyes, and Nick Myers has to be salivating over their potential as Buckeyes.
Between Upton and NLF No. 22 Carson Krammer (Torrey Pines, Calif. / West Coast Starz), Princeton is basically bringing in the Monstars. Upton’s the tallest midfielder in the class and looks like he could drop in for an Ivy basketball game. He has an insanely high skill level and handles the ball extremely well. He’s not afraid to take any shot and he has a very high IQ. Realistically, he could play at close to 240 pounds as a college middie, which is terrifying with how well he moves.
There’s a lot to like about Hakimi as a prototypical LSM. He’s every bit of 6-4, is very offensively-minded and is also very likely to end up on Instagram with his flashy takeaway ability. He put forth an excellent performance at CrabFeast, showing the ability to cover a ton of ground with his long strides. Hakimi is automatic off the ground, too.
Straight out of central casting for a No. 1 defenseman, Casey would likely be higher on this list if not for an injury that knocked him out for a good chunk of the summer. A 6-3, 190-pound lefty with excellent mobility and great footwork, the second-team all-state pick in Colorado helps make up one of the class’ best defenses. He’s not overly flashy, but he’s a terrific cover guy who can take your best attackman out of the game.
Golini was a major scoring threat for St. Mary’s – he fired home four goals in an overtime win over eventual MIAA champion Boys’ Latin – and he produced all spring long. He excels when he can use his body to gain leverage inside and finish. Golini is also an excellent time-and-room shooter, especially when he’s changing planes well. He’ll be at his best in college as a lefty finisher paired with an elite passer.
Jewell isn’t the biggest middie out there, but he makes up for it with his quickness, first step and shiftiness. He’s a lot for defensive midfielders and poles alike to stick with, as his athleticism allows him to create space against any kind of defender. Jewell battled injuries all summer long but still found a way to stand out, a credit to his overall toughness, and he snaps hard shots with either hand out of his dodges.
A recent transfer to Lawrenceville, Rawson put forth a dominant summer, winning a national box championship with Team Ontario and being named an All-Star at the All Canada Games. Also a standout hockey and volleyball player, Rawson draws some comparisons to Ohio State standout Jackson Reid. He’s got a very high IQ and vision to go along with the requisite Canadian handle and one-handedness. The lefty finishes in a bunch of ways in tight.