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Penn State Lacrosse Gets Verbal Commitment From Eighth-Grader

Penn State has landed another prospect from the lacrosse hotbed of Long Island. New commit Brennan O’Neill of Bay Shore, New York is a standout midfielder, a member of the T91 Crush team that competed at the World Series of Youth Lacrosse, and in eighth grade.

…no, seriously.

A kid who is yet to enter high school has committed to Penn State, making him the first lacrosse player to verbally commit to a Division 1 school as part of the recruiting class of 2020. O’Neill, who currently plays for the varsity team at Bay Shore High School despite being in middle school, will play for the highly touted St. Anthony’s high school team next season.

With NCAA rules stipulating that no college coach can contact a prospect before September 1 of his/her junior year of high school, these young prospects tend to use club or high school coaches as their links to start the recruiting process. However, this rule doesn’t apply to athletes in lacrosse before ninth grade as they are not yet classified as prospects.

While a few coaches in the NCAA have been clamoring for some sort of rule adjustment to the verbal commitments of younger athletes, this hasn’t stopped Penn State from picking up a potential star on the field in years to come.

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Steve Connelly

Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.


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