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posted 11.26.2012 at 5.42 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Ninth-Grader Verbally Commits to Johns Hopkins

And you thought sophomore recruiting was early?

A freshman at The Haverford School (Pa.) by way of the Duke's Lacrosse Club has verbally committed to Johns Hopkins, Duke's has reported on its website.

Forry Smith, listed as a 6-foot-2, 175-pound attackman, is scheduled to graduate from national power Haverford in spring of 2016 — that's about three and a half years and four lacrosse seasons from now. He would be on track to graduate from Johns Hopkins in 2020.

It's the earliest verbal commitment ever to a NCAA Division I men's lacrosse program, and Smith has responded to notes of congratulations to his Twitter account.

Smith, who has also played for the Philadelphia Fever and Mesa Fresh travel teams, also plays basketball and listed Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Virginia and Princeton as his college interests. (A pair of highlight videos are below).

The commitment is sure to generate reaction through the lacrosse community, in which the accelerated recruiting cycle has grown into a hot-button topic.

In a Baltimore Sun article published Nov. 17, Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala said of early recruiting: "There's no question I'm talking out both sides of my mouth on this. I'd love to see the recruiting calendar pushed back, but at the same time, I'm sitting here talking to my staff about which [high school freshmen] we're going to go see in the fall. Until we all agree to stop, it's going to get worse."

It seemed inevitable. Not when, but if. So now — what's next?