Mix will attend Notre Dame in the fall. He is the son of coach GW Mix and plays with more intellect than most high schoolers. Mix, a crease attackman by trade, reminds me of a young Ryan Hoff. He’s an interior guy who chips in on ground balls and in the riding game. If given the opportunity he can dodge, showcasing a textbook inside roll move in Florida. Mix grew up alongside the LA Riptide, his Dad was the GM, and has benefitted from the tutelage of pro players along the way. His hands, brain and finishing skills put him in the mix for playing time in South Bend for Kevin Corrigan.
Bogert was orignally targetting Hofstra but will end up in happy valley playing defense for Penn State and new coach Jeff Tambroni. Bogert appears best suited to play pole in Division I. His style is very similar to Casey Hintgen who was a California long sticker who graduated from Dartmouth. Bogert is small but creates havoc with his stick and ground ball abilities.
The ESPN Rise games were held last week in Orlando, Florida. 96 recent high school graduates representing 29 states were broken up into four teams. ESPNU televised the championship game.
What stood out for me was the talent level of some of the players from non-traditional locations – places like Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, California and Tennessee. Here are eleven ‘hidden gems’ who may find there way onto the field at the collegiate level in the near future.