Under the Radar: Mac Forde, LSM, Blakelock (Ont.)/Edge '16

Over the last few months, 3d Rising writers and evaluators have seen hundreds of hours worth of lacrosse spanning late summer into the winter, attending recruiting tournaments and showcases nationwide.

Along the way, we've collected a list of who we view as some of the best uncommitted players, primarily in the 2015 and 2016 classes, with a few 2017s as well.

The Under the Radar series will feature commentary from club and high school coaches on some of their best players still looking for a future college destination. Weíll include highlight videos too.

Next up is Mac Forde, a rugged and blue-collar long-stick midfielder out of Ontario with an intriguing pedigree. This 6-foot lefty plays hard-nosed lacrosse, hustles up and down the field and -- with a mix of physical strength and speed -- is a troublesome presence for offensive midfielders.

Mac Forde (Photo: Edge Lacrosse)

Forde's checks let the ball carrier know he means business. He's got good hands that help him get the ball off the ground. Forde isn't afraid to use his body to create plays in the middle of the field, especially coming off the wing on face-offs. Forde's only going to get better as he'll be getting tons of box reps playing at the Junior the next few summers. If you see shades of football in his game, you're not far off. Forde's father was a standout college football player in Canada and his uncle starred in the Canadian Football League, now working now as a CFL broadcaster for TSN.

Needless to say, Forde grew up immersed in the sports culture of the Greater Toronto Area.

Here's what coach Stu Brown, the President of Edge Lacrosse, had to say about him: 

"Mac Forde is the total package and he may be the best 2016 uncommitted Canadian recruit in Ontario. Mac has all the tools to play at the Division I level and become a contributor to any program. Mac is strong and athletic and plays a gritty, hard-working, physical game that creates turnovers and limits quality scoring opportunities. Mac is vocal on defense, commanding the defense on slides and positioning. Mac is the leader of the defense for the Edge 2016 team. His combination of footwork, athleticism and stick work make him an excellent 1v1 shutdown defender, capable of neutralizing opponents top offensive players. Mac is capable playing in all situations, close defense, LSM, wing play and man down. Mac scoops up any groundball in range and his speed allows him to push the ball up field when the opportunity presents itself. Mac is an accomplished box player, suiting up for the Junior A Burlington Chiefs and with the Oakville Buzz, where Mac is one of the top defenders in Junior B." 

Check out Forde's highlights below:  

Mac Ford LSM 2016 Blakelock High School - Oakville, Ont. Edge Lacrosse  Burlington Chiefs (Junior A) Oakville Buzz (Junior A)  Event Participation: Autumn Gold Showcase, FLG in 3d, Fall Autumn Classic, NSCLA National Cup, NSCLA Warrior Showcase, Crabfeast, All Canada Games, Great Lakes Games

Hailing from Upstate New York, Casey Vock is the manager of 3d Rising. Before joining 3d Rising, he spent three years at Inside Lacrosse, where he was a full-time writer for Inside Lacrosse Magazine, InsideLacrosse.com, ILIndoor.com and ILGear.com covering all facets of the game. He was named the editor of ILGear.com in November 2012 after helping launch the site a year earlier. Prior to joining Inside Lacrosse in Baltimore, Casey was a freelance writer in Upstate New York covering professional, college and high school lacrosse for Inside Lacrosse, as well as writing for the Press-Republican newspaper in Plattsburgh and other media outlets. Casey played lacrosse in high school at Indian River and went on to play at Jefferson Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and business from SUNY Plattsburgh, an MBA from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and an MS in media management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse. Reach him by email at cvock@3dRising.com and follow him on Twitter @cvock.