It became pretty clear earlier this summer that Connor Shellenberger was emerging as one of the nation’s top sophomores in the boys lacrosse recruiting world.
Now Inside Lacrosse has made it official.
And they were pretty effusive with their praise for the Saints’ young star.
“No other player in his class right now is as polished offensively as he is, able to play top left, top right, from X or attack from (goalline extended,” Inside Lacrosse wrote. “He can shake defenders with a variety of moves, sting corners on the run and feed assists.”
One of the top magazines in the sport named Shellenberger the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2019. Shellenberger, an attackman, committed to Johns Hopkins before he even took the field for the St. Anne’s-Belfield varsity squad and he impressed as a freshman, earning Scrimmage Play newcomer of the year honors.
“Connor is an outstanding student athlete who has worked incredibly hard to earn this distinction,” said STAB boys’ lacrosse coach Bo Perriello in a press release from STAB.
Shellenberger is one of just three Virginians to make the top 25 or the watchlist that follows it. Stonebridge’s Mitch Pehlke, an Ohio State pledge was ranked 12th while Michigan commit Andrew Tyeryar of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes made the watchlist. Earlier this summer, Perriello predicted that this consensus was coming for Shellenberger.
“I think increasingly there’s a strong argument that Connor is considered the best player in his class in the nation,” Perriello said back in July.
The Saints’ attackman will join Joe Robertson, a Duke pledge, Emmett Barger and several other big-time players as part of another talented offense for the Saints next season.