There has been a lot going on in term of recruiting for the Huskies and with no game tonight, we figured now would be a good time to provide an update.
The biggest news is the Cam Darcy recommitment. The news was announced by Darcy via his twitter last week. Darcy had decommitted when Cronin and company left. BC and BU were rumored as possible destinations for the South Boston native, but there was either no interest or no room. Either way, Madigan was able to talk to him and get him to commit over the weekend. Darcy is a forward playing for the US National Team Development Program this season and he will arrive on campus next fall. For those hoping to see him play, Northeastern will host the USNTDP in an exhibition game on January 7th at Matthews Arena.
Mike Gunn, who had decommitted from Michigan State, was also a big pick-up. Gunn is a defenseman who plays in the USHL for the Youngstown Phantoms, where NU Alum Rob Rassey is an assistant coach. So obviously some credit goes to him for this pickup.
“Northeastern really attracted me because they have such a great coaching staff and it’s right in the heart of Boston,” Gunn said. “When I visited out there I got to stay with some of the guys on the team in the dorms and I had a great experience. I just loved all of it.”
He, too, will join the Huskies next season.
On the heels of the Gunn announcement, Defenseman Mike McKee decommitted via Judd Brackett on twitter. McKee was another Cronin recruit. The new staff aparently did not think as highly of him as they brought in Gunn who is a similar player. Or they were worried that they would lose him anyways. Either way it isn’t a big loss because of the Gunn acquisition.
Gunn wasn’t the only Youngstown Phantom to commit, though. Ryan Belonger, a forward, has also committed.
Phantoms Head Coach Anthony Noreen said that Belonger, who the Phantoms selected with their 17th-round pick in the 2010 USHL Entry Draft, is one of his greatest coaching success stories.
“When we got Ryan he was a natural goal scorer, but there were some holes in his game,” he said. “To his credit, he didn’t want to be a one-dimensional player. He put in the work and now he is probably our most responsible player in his own end and the scoring touch is still there. He’s a special player.
Again, some credit most go to Rassey, who looks to be establishing a bit of a pipeline for the Huskies. Belonger is a right wing who has already put up 7 points in his first 6 games this season. He will be joining Darcy and Gunn in arriving for the fall of 2012.
Jon Gillies, a goalie, who was another Cronin recruit Madigan was able to win over will be on campus in either 2012 or 2013. That will have a lot to do with Chris Rawlings’ decision.
Other pick ups have been made as well. Zach Aston Reese is a forward who will be here in 2013. “ZAR” was a Brown commit who has presumably followed Assistant Coach Jerry Keefe here. 2013 is also the expected arrival time for Nathan Ferriero (Cody’s younger brother), local product Ross Olsson, and Defenseman Garrett Cockerill who is entering his first season in the USHL.
And for those with an interest in really long term, 15 year old defenseman Daniel Whillet has also verbally committed.
There are 2 outstanding issues, both Cronin recruits. One is defenseman Ryan Renz, who has had a Brodie Reid-like commitment process. He has been pushed back, traded in juniors, and now no one really knows if he is coming. With all of the other defensive recruits, I’d say its unlikely that he ever suits up for NU, but I really have no idea. The other is forward Dylan McLaughlin (no relation to Mike) who was supposed to be coming to campus in 2013 or 2014. We have heard nothing about him since Cronin left, so we have no idea on him either.
To keep up to date on all Northeastern recruits go to our Future of NU page, which we keep updated. Click on the links to see current stats.