Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Two Recruits for Ferris

Ferris State picked up commitments from a pair of good recruits today.

The first is Texarkana(NAHL) forward Aaron Lewicki. Lewicki was just recently mentioned in Paul Shaheen's monthly Recruiting Trail article over at INCH. Here's what he had to say:

Another top prospect is '87-born forward Aaron Lewicki. At 6-feet and 205 pounds, Lewicki scored 34 goals and 56 points during the regular season, and is gaining attention from the likes of Ohio State, Miami, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

"He's a flat-out, bona-fine goal scorer," said [Coach Jon] Cooper. "He's so strong and can bench press 300 pounds and he has a lot of puck luck around the net."

Lewicki played his youth hockey for the Honeybaked program, and was one of the leading scorers at the US Select 17 Festival two years ago. Lewicki will join Texarkana teammates Casey Haines and Pat Maroon in Big Rapids in the 2007 season.

Ferris State also got a commitment from the first recruit to be born in the year of 1991. Defenseman Beau Schmitz of the Belle Tire AAA program committed to the Bulldogs for the 2009 season. Schmitz scored 9 goals and 16 assists in 27 league games for his Bantam Major team in the regular season this year. Hockey Scouting described him as playing the same style as Michigan recruit Chris Summers, and felt he could get serious consideration from USA Hockey for the NTDP team when he is of age. His Belle Tire teammate Brad Smith described Schmitz as being a very tough, offensive minded defenseman that plays with a lot of heart.

I'd say this is a really nice pick-up for Ferris State. A lot of people may be leery about committing to player that is still in bantams, but he sounds like a very talented player and it was probably better that Ferris take a gamble on him now, than risk losing him to a bigger program in the future.

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