We’re finally off and running with the first NLF class of 2024 player rankings.
It’s a testament to the depth of this class that more than 100 players received consideration for the rankings, which feature the top 60 players in the country. As the class continues to make itself known, we will expand our rankings to include more and more players, particularly after their big recruiting summer.
Players from all over the country are eligible for the rankings, regardless of whether or not they play for an NLF club. Rankings are compiled after extensive analysis from club coaches, high school coaches and other prominent figures in the lacrosse world. We’ll be counting down to No. 1, continuing with this 50-41 group. Be sure to check back this week as we drop the rest of the rankings.
As a reminder, feel free to check out the rest of the site for plenty of spring high school coverage. The NLF has covered games in Pennsylvania, Maryland, D.C., New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California and more, and we look to continue to increase our coverage. If you’re looking for game stories, standouts, player quotes, etc., this is the place to find it.
Without further ado, let’s continue the class of 2024 top 60. All 10 players in this group are considered to be four-star prospects. CLICK HERE for the 60-51 group. More four-star prospects from outside the top 60 will also be announced soon.
NLF Class of 2024 Top 60
A quarterback of the offense type from X, Schweiger’s speed and quickness make him a tough cover for any defenseman. He turns the corner hard and can finish inside. Schweiger can carry and dodge with either hand and does a good job of staying low to the ground to bounce off checks. He put forth a strong performance at the IMLCA Players Summit in December, and he’s on pace for a 40-point season for a strong Seton Hall Prep team as a sophomore.
A true two-way midfielder who gets up and down the field with ease, Warrington starts as a short-stick defensive midfielder for the Eagles. That’s no small feat, considering that Culver ranks in the top 10 nationally, and it’s a testament to his ability to make an impact on the defensive end. Warrington has good footwork and does an excellent job of getting physical on the defensive end. He does great work in transition, too, and has the ability to get to the middle of the field to finish on the offensive end.
Team 91’s defense is absolutely loaded. Ben Fox (Chaminade, N.Y.) and Dante Vardaro (St. Anthony’s, N.Y.) appear later in the countdown. Bolognino is a huge reason for the defense’s success alongside those guys, helping the Wolfpack to a national title this summer. He’s a high-energy, high-impact player who makes his presence felt all over the field who was particularly impressive at the IMLCA Players Summit. Bolognino’s a very good 1v1 defender who does a good job off the carpet and in pushing transition. This spring, he’s played LSM for Harborfields and in addition to being a beast on ground balls, has racked up six goals and seven assists for the Tornadoes.
One of the more physically-imposing midfielders in the class, Bambrick is also one of the most ambidextrous offensive weapons in the class. At 6-2, 205 pounds, he’s an absolute unit once he gets rolling, and it’s helped him average north of five points per game this spring for Bellarmine Prep. He’s very comfortable on the sweep and is a threat as both a lefty or righty from up top. A very slick offensive player, Bambrick’s battled some injuries, but if he can stay healthy, the sky’s the limit for him.
It’s no surprise to see a Florida native be one of the more athletic faceoff men in this year’s group. Harper’s a cut above athletically, but he also does a very good job of mixing up his exits, counters and moves. He thinks the game faster than most of his fellow faceoff middies and really thrives when he’s getting the bulk of the reps at the stripe. Harper can push the pace well and makes good decisions on the break.
Having to guard Chari has to be a miserable experience. Bring extra ice packs for afterward. Already 6-2 and 215 pounds, Chari often overwhelms defenders with his physicality, but he also has the footwork to beat his guy without bowling him over. He’s terrific in unsettled situations, can dodge from a number of spots on the field and is a legitimate threat with his off-hand. Chari does a good job of finding open guys and rides hard, too.
Jahnke can sometimes fly under the radar because his playing style isn’t super flashy, but he’s extremely effective as the top cover man for one of the best ’24 teams in the nation. He stands out with his coverage, thanks in part to a strong, sturdy base. His powerful lower body allows him to control leverage against attackmen, and he often draws the other team’s top option. If he can improve his stickwork, he could content for five-star status.
Still relatively new to the faceoff position, Davis has quickly become one of the best in the class. He still has plenty of upside, too. Davis showed out against defending PIAA champion Radnor to start the season for the Explorers, and he hasn’t slowed down yet. Davis’ first step is second to none in the class. He explodes out of his stance and collects ground balls with ease. Davis is a legitimate scoring threat after the win and he’s shown that he’s almost unbeatable once he gets in a zone.
Butler’s one of the offensive leaders for a Denver Elite team that has a ton of skilled options. A good-sized midfielder with plenty of athleticism, he uncorks a hard shot, both on the run and with his feet set. He’s a problem off the dodge for a lot of LSMs and he has a ton of upside as he continues to refine his game.
If you’re looking for the attackman most likely to break a defender’s ankles behind the cage, Malkiel might be your guy. His change-of-direction ability is elite and demands an early slide, which helps things open up behind him. An X attackman who’s a threat with either hand and who keeps his eyes up, Malkiel doesn’t shy away from getting physical with defenders, either.