Recruiting

Class of 2016 (High School Seniors)

October 28, 2015 - CSN's recruiting experts have analyzed the 2016 high school class in order to update their rankings of the top one-hundred sixty players in the class. The list of 2016 players and their rank order will adjusted periodically based on what transpires on the field of play and as information becomes available regarding verbal commitments.  Individuals who sign professional contracts will not be included in the rankings.  

The player rankings reflect a projection of the potential impact a player will have at the collegiate level.  While room for debate always exists in any type of ranking, and no one can totally predict what the future will hold, we are confident that the CSN recruiting experts player rankings will become a gold standard for information and analysis of recruits and in evaluating recruiting classes when the nation's top recruits announce where they will play soccer. 

The player rankings include the individual's club team, their home town, their position, and the college (if any) to which they have committed verbally. 

Rank Player Club Team Hometown Position School 
1 Cameron Lindley Chicago Fire Carmel, In.  Midfield North Carolina
2 Daniel Acosta Real Salt Lake Academy Salt Lake City, Ut. Defender UCLA
3 Matthew Olosunde New York Red Bulls Trenton, N.J.   Defender  
4 James Murphy PDA Scotch Plains, N.J. Midfield  
5 Mauricio Pineda Chicago Fire Bolingbrook, Il. Defender North Carolina 
6 Kevin Silva PDA Bethlehem, Pa.  Goalkeeper UCLA
7 Mckenzie Gaines Lonestar Academy Austin, Tx.  Forward UCLA
8 George Braima Columbus Crew Columbus, Oh.   Midfield Ohio State
9 Keegan Kelly Baltimore Celtic Baltimore, Md.  Midfield Maryland
10 Hugo Arellano Chivas USA Norwalk, Ca. Defender UCLA
11 Terrell Lowe Portland Timbers Hillsboro,Or.  Midfield Virginia
12 Weston McKennie FC Dallas    Plantation, Fl.  Defender  
13 Emmanuel Sabbi Chicago Magic Columbus, Oh.  Forward  Akron
14 Ethan Zubak LA Galaxy Corona, Ca. Forward New Mexico
15 Ivan Gutierrez  LA Galaxy Chicago, Il.  Forward UCLA
16 Tanner Dietrick Real Salt Lake Nashville, Tn.  Defender Clemson
17 Nathaniel Adamolekun Orlando City Academy Spicewood, Tx. Forward North Carolina
18 Thomas McCabe PDA  South Orange, N.J. Midfield  
19 Brian Zelaya De Anza Force San Mateo, Ca. Midfield Cal Poly
20 Elijah Rice Real Salt Lake HIghland Park, Il. Forward  
21 Pierre Da Silva Orlando City Acdemy Port Chester, N.Y. Forward   
22 Alex Vergara LA Galaxy Long Beach, Ca. Midfield  
23 Toshika Yasuda FC Dallas Las Cruces, N.M. Midfield SMU
24 Lucas Mendes DC United Arlington, Va.  Midfield Virginia
25 William Pulisic Richmond United Richmond, Va. Goalkeeper Duke
26 Auston Trusty Philadelphia Union Media, Pa. Defender North Carolina
27 Matthew Constant Dallas Texans Carrollton, Tx.  Defender New Mexico
28 David Burns San Juan, S.C. El Dorado Hills  Defender California
29 Jonathan Navarro De Anza Academy San Jose, Ca. Midfield  
30 Mutaya Mwagpe Chicago Magic Lusanka, Zambia  Midfield   
31 Kyle Gurrieri NJSA Totowa, N.J. Midfield Syracuse
32 Isaiah Young Philadelphia Union Berlin, N.J.  Midfield  
33 Juan Flores Houston Dynamo Houston, Tx. Forward  
34 Jack Skahan Philadelphia Union Downington, Pa. Midfield North Carolina
35 Jaret Townsend Real Colorado Denver, Co.  Defender Washington
36 Emmanuel Twumasi Beachside SC Accra, Ghana  Midfield Wake Forest
37 Reginald Cannon FC Dallas Dallas, Tx. Defender UCLA
38 Danny Griffin Oakwood Soccer Club West Hartford, Ct. Midfield Providence
39 Jesus Perez Chicago Fire Chicago, Il. Midfield Akron
40 Mason Stajduhar Clearwater Chargers Clearwater, Fl. Goalkeeper South Florida
41 Rahem Taylor-Parks Philadelphia Union Tampa, Fl. Forward Virginia 
42 Luke Prpa Chicago Magic Chicago, Il.  Midfield Marquette
43 Nikky Depoint Revolution Empire Rochester, N.Y. Defender Villanova
44 Trey Vinson DC United Manassas, Va.  Midfield UMBC
45 Donavan Pines DC United Clarksville, Md. Midfield Maryland
46 Alex Palazzolo St.Louis Gallagher St.Louis, Mo. Defender Indiana 
47 Miles Stray Real Salt Lake  Reyes, Ca. Defender Maryland
48 Collin Jouan DC United Catonsville, Md. Midfield  
49 Brian O'Hara  LA Galaxy Corona, Ca. Defender California 
50 Simon Lekressner Crossfire Academy Issaquah, Wa.  Forward California 
51 Kendal Stork Chicago Magic Chicago, Il. Midfield Maryland
52 Chaz Burnett PDA Glen Ridge, N.J. Forward  
53 Juan Riley Weston FC Weston, Fl. Midfield  
54 Nicholas Brown Baltimore Celtic Baltimore, Md. Forward Loyola
55 D.J. Williams Solar Academy Fort Worth, Tx. Forward SMU
56 Ronaldo Escudero Pateadores Piacentia, Ca. Midfield  
57 Luke Haakenson Shattuck St. Mary Maple Grove, Mn. Defender Creighton
58 Donald Mason Capital Area Railhawks Raleigh, N.C.  Defender  North Carolina
59 Brandon Monteon Nomads La Jolla  Forward  
60 Blake Bodily Portland Timbers Portlandk,Or.  Midfield Washington 
61 Andrew Romig Richmond United Richmond, Va. Goalkeeper North Carolina
62 Athanasios Scheidt PDA Wall, N.J.  Midfield Rutgers
63 Edwin Munjoma FC Dallas Dallas, Tx. Defender SMU
64 Dominic Dunkin Baltimore Celtic Baltimore, Md. Midfield Loyola
65 Alex Ramos LA Galaxy Los Angeles, Ca. Defender  
66 Francisco Conteras Bethesda-Olney Bethesda, Md. Midfield Loyola
67 Michael Ille Concorde Fire Atlanta, Ga.  Forward  
68 Marc Joshua Juventus Redwood City, Ca. Defender Stanford
69 John Antunes New York Red Bull Fairfield, N.J. Forward Monmouth
70 Fuki Goto Solar  Allen, Tx. Midfield Colgate
71 Brian Saramago New York Red Bull New Hyde Park, N.Y. Forward Loyola
72 Harrison Kurtz Seattle Sounders Seattle, Wa. Midfield Clemson
73 Musa Morris CCV Stars Phoenix, Az.  Forward Portland 
74 Cristian Martinez NJCSA Mine Hill, N.J. Defender  
75 Matheus Martins Silva Montverde Academy  Montverde, Fl.   Defender Saint Louis
76 Damien Hernandez FC Dallas Dallas, Tx. Midfield  
77 Nicholas Hinds Kendall Plantation, Fl.  Defender North Carolina
78 Emmanuel Perez  Sunrise Elite Dallas, Tx.  Midfield  
79 Chris Mikus Georgia United Atlanta, Ga. Midfield Memphis
80 Leonardo Noves Montverde Academy Montverde, Fl. Forward  
81 Jeremy Kelly Capital City Railhawks Chapel Hill, N.C. Midfield North Carolina 
82 Javier Cortez Pateadores La Jolla, Ca. Midfield  
83 Andres Jimenez De Anza Force Gilroy, Ca. Forward  
84 Alex Ofeimu Vardar West Bloomfield, Mi. Defender Oakland 
85 Kyle Perno New York Red Bull New Hyde Park, N.Y.  Defender UC Santa Barbara
86 Charles Pulliam Baltimore Celtic Baltimore, Md.  Forward UMBC
87 Tunde Akinlosotu Baltimore Celtic Baltimore, Md. Midfield George Mason
88 Giuseppe Barone Michigan Wolves Grand Rapids, Mi. Forward Michigan State
89 Ben Hale FC Dallas Dallas, Tx. Goalkeeper Furman
90 Barry Sharif Albertson Academy  Jericho, N.Y. Forward  
91 Tunde Akinlosotu Baltimore Celtic Baltimore, Md. Midfield Wake Forest
92 Spencer Glass Indiana Fire Academy Fort Wayne, In. Defender Indiana 
93 Michael Wetunga Vadar Rochester Hills, Mi. Defender  Michigan State
94 Jack Holland OP Eagles Columbus, Oh. Midfield Ohio State
95 Suniel Veerakone Michigan Wolves Caledonia, Mi. Midfield Duke
96 Ifunanyachi Achara  Chicago Magic Chicago, Il. Forward Georgetown 
97 Daniel Laranetto BSC Academy Bridgewater, Ct. Midfield Columbia
98 William Sinibaldi New England Revolution Foxboro, Ma. Midfield  
99 Elviribisevic Johnston Urbandale SC Urbandale, Ia. Forward Nebraska-Omaha
100 Daniel Amo Salisbury School Salisbury, Ct. Midfield UC Santa Barbara
101 Giovanni Montesdeoca FC Dallas Dallas, Tx. Forward North Carolina
102 Ben Espinal  Chargers Academy Palmetto, Fl. Midfield South Florida
103 Robert Castellanos Nomads La Jolla, Ca. Defender  
104 Connor Brazil Crew Wolves Chesterfield, Mi.   Midfield Louisville
105 Mason Deeds New York Red Bull Topton, N.J. Defender Georgetown
106 Angel Farias De Anza Academy San Jose, Ca. Defender  
107 Charlie Caswell Colorado Rush Lakewood, Co. Midfield Davidson
108 Clayton Pearson St. Louis Scott Gallagher St. Louis, Mo. Forward  
109 Colby Agu Capital City Railhawks Cary, N.C. Forward Duke
110 Joshua Goldstein NJSA   Forward Virginia
111 Michael Desheilds Baltimore Celtic Baltimore, Md. Midfield Wake Forest
112 Dante Greer  Everton FC Fairlawn, N.J. Forward Fordham
113 Andrew Verdi Philadelphia Union Ivyland, Pa.  Goalkeeper Michigan 
114 Chairat Puengrod  Santa Barbara SC Santa Barbara, Ca. Midfield Loyola-Marymount
115 Dylan Neilis  BW Gottchee Massapequa, N.Y. Midfield Georgetown
116 Victor Villagomez St. Benedicts Newark, N.J. Midfield  
117 Tanner Dogan St. Louis Scott Gallagher St. Louis, Mo.  Midfield Harvard
118 Noah Bushey Colorado Rush Littleton, Co. Midfield New Mexico 
119 Sahid Conteh Santa Barbara SC  Santa Barbara,Ca. Forward  
120 Michael Primlott Michigan Wolves Farmington Hills, Mi. Defender Michigan State
121 Miles Robinson DC United Woodbridge, Va. Midfield Syracuse
122 Kotaro Umeda  Internationals  Cleveland, Oh.  Midfield Louisville
123 Phillip Goodrum Carolina Rapids Charlotte, N.C. Midfield UNCW
124 Alexis Dias Fullerton FC Fullerton, Ca. Forward  
125 Juan Ramirez Bethesda-Olney Bethesda, Md. Midfield  
126 Nico Petridis  BSC Academy Norwalk, Ct.  Defender Connecticut
127 Noahh Thomas Concorde Fire Atlanta, Ga. Forward  
128 Caleb Yu World Class FC Wayne, Pa.  Defender Maryland
129 Connor McGlynn BW Gottschee Brianwood, N.Y. Midfield Siena College
130 Brandon Sanchez Santa Barbara FC Santa Barbara, Ca. Midfield Loyola-Marymount
131 Jose Benavides Portland Timbers Portland, Or. Midfield Loyola-Marymount 
132 Jared Gilbey New York Red Bulls  N.J.  Midfield  
133 Matthew Swain BW Gottschee Brianwood, N.Y. Midfield  
134 Harry Adanuty Capital Area Railhawks Cary, N.C. Midfield  
135 Andree Costa Kendal Miami, Fl. Midfield Army
136 Grant Hollkamp Indiana United Borden, In. Midfield  
137 Aramis Kouzine PA Classic Bryn Mawr, Pa. Forward Penn
138 Donald Emerson Sunrise Elite  Bend, Or. Forward  
139 Ignacio Poplawski Sunrise Elite Boca Raton, Fl. Midfield  
140 Sean Teixera New York Red Bull Trumbull, Ct.  Defender Villanova
141 Keyarash Namjoupanah Shattuck St. Mary's Fairbauld, Mn. Defender Kentucky
142 Alexis Dionicio San Juan SC San Juan, Ca. Midfield  
143 Luis Carbajal Real So Cal Ojai, Ca.   CSUN 
144 George Korpontinos De Anza Force Los Altos, Ca.  Forward  
145 Julian Hall Clearwater Chargers Tampa, Fl. MIdfield  
146 Grant Robinson Baltimore Celtic Baltimore, Md. Midfield George Mason
147 Kedrian Ramos  La Galaxy Los Andeles, Ca. Midfield  
148 Milik Key FC Dallas Dallas, Tx. Midfield  
149 Brandon Bartel Orlando City Orlando, Fl. Midfield Penn 
150 Eric Illoski San Diego Surf Academy San Diego, Ca. Midfield  
151 Christian Gutierrez Arsenal  Murrieta, Ca.  Forward UC Irvine
152 Zachary El-Shafei Shattuck St. Mary's  Fairbault, Mn.   Midfield  
153 Sean Gouveia Scott Gallagher  St. Louis, Mo.  Forward Memphis
154 Ned Morrissett Charlotte Academy Charlotte, N.C. Midfield Davidson
155 Sebastian des Pres Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks  Carmel Valley, Ca.  Midfield UC Santa Barbara
156 Camden Harrison Capital City Railhawks Apex, N.C. Defender  
157 Ryan Mingachos New York Red Bulls Danbury, Ct.  Midfield  
158 Conor Sloan South Carolina Battery Charleston, S.C. Forward Furman
159 Alejandro Lara Arsenal Murrieta, Ca. Defender  
160 Thomas Dennis Orlando City Orlando, Fl. Defender  

College Soccer News 2015 Top 50 Recruiting Classes Updated

August 10, 2015 - College Soccer News has updated its rankings of the 2015 College Soccer Recruiting Classes to include additions and changes and has expanded its rankings to reflect the Top Fifty Recruiting classes in the country. CSN's initial recruiting class rankings were issued on February 11, 2015 based on the information that was available at that time and was limited to only thirty teams. The rankings are a projection of the impact that the classes will have on their respective programs and the extent to which they fill and strengthen the voids that exist. The real test of that will be determined over the next few seasons on the field of play.  

1

Maryland- Some may argue about #1 but if you look at what Maryland lost and what Maryland gains in this class it is as special as it gets.  National team players Jorge Calix, Sebastian Elney, Eryk Williamson, Daniel Reeves, Connor Smith, and Amar Sejdic will make a huge impact in College Park next season, and players like Andrew Samuels, Adolfo Ovalle and Aaron Franco might give Maryland the deepest class in the 2015’s.  Remember the name Adolfo Ovalle, he may not have the resume of those with national team experience, but he may end up being the best player coming to College Park next season, IF he doesn’t sign with Real Salt Lake. Late addition - Maryland might be the only school in the country to lose out on a pro and yet strengthen the class.  The Terps lost Adolfo Ovalle when he signed a pro contract with Real Salt Lake, but they added left back Diego Silva to the class, an addition that solidifies Maryland as the #1 overall recruiting class for 2015.

2

UCLA- The Bruins never seem to skip a beat in recruiting and this year is no different, they load up yet again.  Jose Hernandez, Erik Holt, Malcolm Jones, Robert Knight, Stephen Payne, Jackson Yueill and David Villegas are heavy hitters to a program that loses very little from a team that made a run to the national finals last year.  This class is balanced front to back, and will help strengthen the notion that UCLA will once again be a favorite to get back to the NCAA National Finals. Expect UCLA’s class to help add depth to a program that has never been lacking in talent. Of all the talent coming into Westwood, Malcolm Jones might be the most ready to come in and play right away. Jones is an athletic and talented defender who should fit right in with the Bruin's backline.  Late addition - The Bruins added forward Abdullah Adam who is a transfer from Lyon College (NAIA) and midfielder Tobi Henneke who played for TSV 1860 Munich, the same club that former Bruin All-American and 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Leo Stolz played for.  

3

South Florida- There is no team in the country that prospered more from the transfer market this year than South Florida.  Brendan Hines-Ike from Creighton and Michael Bajza from North Carolina State are just the tip of the iceberg.  National Junior College Player of the Year Nazeem Bartman from Tyler Junior College, Jamaican Youth National Team forward Kendan Anderson from ASA Junior College, and Australian International Melvin Beckett from Lewis and Clark Junior College highlight a Bulls class that could give them the talent to make a final four run. Nazeem Bartman was compared to Dom Dwyer by Tyler coach Steve Clemmons who had both players, that should be all you need to know.  Late addition - Freshman defender Prosper Figbe out of the Loomis Chaffee School. 

4

Virginia- The signing of Edward Opoku late upgrades a class that was already loaded with top talent. Committments from Derrick Etienne, Wesley Wade, Christophe Koffi, and Malcolm Dixon would have made this a top ten class, add Opoku to the mix and this class has the making of being special.  The reigning national champs became deeper and more athletic with this group, expect all these players to play a part in the coming years. Opoku might end up being the best player in this class. If he can adjust to the physical play of college soccer, he could one of the better ones to come through the University of Virginia, and that alone says a lot.

5

Georgetown- Youth National team players are becoming a norm at Georgetown, and this class is no different.  The additions of youth national teamers Peter Schropp and James Marcinkowski fill needs for Georgetown.  Will Carlson, Ethan Lockner, Kyle Zajec, and Brendan McDonough will add depth to a program that has become a consistent top 10 program.  James Marcinkowski is the best keeper in the class, has great hands, distributes well, and he can play with his feet as well as any field player in the country, expect him to play in between the pipes, sooner rather than later.

6

UCSB-  If South Florida had the best transfer market this year UCSB wasn’t too far behind.  Transfer additions are led by Michigan transfer Ahinga Selemani, Duke transfer Seo-In Kim, Kevin Armstrong from New Mexico, Kevin Feucht from the College of Charleston, and Adepapo Adeniyi from the University of Mobile.  Add that to Right to Dream star Geoffrey Acheampong, Youth National Teamer Konstandin Moni, and UCSB has enough fire power to make a strong run in the NCAA tournament in the coming year. Geoffery Acheampong has special qualities to his game, expect him to come in and impact UCSB immediately.  The addition of freshman forward Jorge Ruiz, a member of the U.S. U-18 National Team, added icing to the cake of this already banner class.  

7

North Carolina - Another year and another solid recruiting class for North Carolina.  Alex Comsia from Canada’s U20’s should help immediately, but Will Campbell, Dominic Jensen, Alex Moztarzadeh, Jelani Pieters, Johan Welch and Martin Salas could certainly be contenders to a North Carolina team that is looking to make another deep run in the tournament next season. Late addition - North Carolina moves up the charts from the initial recruiting class rankings with the late addition of Sean Wilson from the Philadelphia Union. A holding mid, Wilson make a major impact for the Tar Heels right away.

8

Wake Forest- Get to know the name Jack Harrison. The midfielder from the Berkshire school is as good as anyone in the country and should make an immediate impact for the Demon Deacons.  Add Youth National teamer Bradley Dunwell, as well as academy standouts Nathanael Rennhack and Samuel Raben and the class fills itself with depth to an already talented Wake Forest team.  Late addition - Midfielder Logan Gdula who played club soccer for Oakwood Academy. 

9

Syracuse - Anyone following college soccer knows that the run Syracuse made last year was no surprise.  Over the last few years their recruiting classes have been consistently top-tier.  This year is no different.  Youth national teamers Austin Aviza, Christopher Gomez, and Miles Robinson should all help immediately.  JUCO All American forward Ben Polk from Herkimer will be a handful up top.  Add Morgan Hackworth, Jordan Hagman from Europe, and the class should help to keep Syracuse on the rise as they move forward.  Change - forward Spencer Held who played for Real So Cal initially committed to Syracuse but subsequently changed and committed  to California. Late additions - Forward Adnan Bakalovic out of the Revolution Empire Academy and Andeas Jenssen out of the U-19 Stabaek Academy team in Norway.  

10

Ohio State- For the first time in school history, Ohio State lands a top ten recruiting class.  Led by four recruits with youth national team experience including Junior College All American Yaw Amankwa, University of Michigan transfer Nate Kohl, U-18 national team players Grzegorz Solawa and Parker Siegfried this class has the makings of something special and adds strength and depth to an already strong side.  Add former College Soccer News Freshman All American transfer Christopher Froshauer from Dayton who joined the program in January in goal, and #100 recruit Abdirizak Mohamed in the fall, with seven starters returning from a team who made the NCAA second round, there might be something brewing in Columbus for the next few seasons to come. Amankwa is the key to the class and his transition from junior college to DI might determine just how good Ohio State will be in the coming season.

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Stanford - The Cardinal didn’t need a big class based on what they have coming back next season, but their additions should certainly play a part in the immediate future.  Stanford’s addition of Youth National Team player Amir Bashti is just the start of the class.  Expectations are high for Pierce Ashworth, Tanner Beason, Colin Hyatt, and Justin Kahl to come in and keep this Stanford program among the elites of the West Coast and nationally. 

12

UPenn - UPenn had a rough 2014 season going 6-9-2 overall, this class might help soften the blow to the past, and lay a nice pathway into the future.  No Ivy League school has a more impressive class coming in than UPenn.  Youth national team players include Nigel Blackwood, Gavin Barger and Etan Mabourakh as well as former youth national team players Erik Swenson and Gideon Metrikin.  Add Eremuse Momoh, Scott Forbes and Timmy Barger to the mix and UPenn has one of the more impressive classes in the country.  UPenn’s class has the players it’s only a matter of time to see how quickly they fit into the college game. Late addition - sophomore midfielder Joe Swenson who played for the New York Red Bulls Academy transfers to Penn in from Connecticut.

13

Michigan State- Michigan State lost more this year than maybe any other team in the country that made the NCAA tournament, with the graduation of both mids, both forwards, and one centerback.  It might be a rebuilding year in East Lancing but this class could help.  Led by Hunter Barone and scoring sensation Ryan Sierakowski from Chicago to help lead the offense, and Connor Corrigan and Kaden Keller to help add to the defense this is the type of class that has the bite and grit that has made Damon Rensing so successful in his time at East Lansing.  Michigan State’s offense might rely heavily on Sierakowski next fall, and if he is able to mold to the DI level his impact might be felt immediately by the Big Ten.

14

Oregon State-  Oregon State landed the biggest surprise on signing day with the addition of Christian Lucatero, a midfielder out of Houston that certainly bolsters the class.  Don Tchilao out of Arizona is a name to get familiar with as he was a goal scoring machine in high school.  Add to that Carter Auth, Nick Bellenger, Nathan Braaten, David Brown, John Chambers, Hassani Dotson, and Evan Sungvornrajasabn and you have a class that adds depth to a program looking to grow.  The strength of this class will rely heavily on whether or not Lucatero makes it to campus in the fall, or if the Dynamo will sign him to a homegrown deal. Late addition - Defender Caleb Michael who played for the San Jose Earthquakes USSDA U-18 team. 

15

SMU - The Mustangs named former assistant coach Kevin Hudson Head Coach, and things look to be getting brighter in Dallas since the new move.  A program rich in tradition SMU is looking to bounce back into national prominence after falling below its normal standards over the last few seasons.  The class is highlighted by U20 National Teamer Caleb Smith, who originally had given a verbal to Duke, but chose to stay closer to home.  Thomas Barboza has pro like talent and Matthew McLaughlin is a handful up top.  Transfer Taylor Curtis from Louisville will join Christian Boorom, Kevin Meinecke, Bryan Missana, Keaton Parks, Philip Ponder and Andrew Ramsey round out the class for new Head Coach Kevin Hudson.  Late additions - Midfielders Emil Cuello and Gunnar Stray-Gundersen from Utah who played club for La Roca 97.  

16

Cal State Fullerton-  Cal State Fullerton landed the top recruit in the country in 2015 with Amirgy Pineda, the big question is will he arrive on campus by the fall as clubs from all over have expressed interest in the midfielder’s services.  Elijah Barajas, Jake Fischer, and Oscar Flores round out a class that will help to add depth to a Fullerton team that made the NCAA tournament last season.  Pineda is the real deal, if he makes it to campus for the fall his impact will be felt immediately. 

17

Indiana- Indiana’s recruiting class will be a handful in the coming years.  Local products Rece Buckmaster and Jeremiah Gutjahr are as good of midfielders as you can get.  Add Andrew Gutman, Jordan Kleyn, Sam Stockton, Austin Panchot, and Cody Jewett to the mix and this class will be contending for the Big Ten title for the next four years. Buckmaster should be the next great midfielder to be produced by Indiana. He is clean on the ball, with great vision, and is excellent at unlocking defenses. 

18

Providence - Providence’s magical run in the 2014 season to the final four should come as no surprise to anyone who follows college soccer.  Craig Stewart has made Providence a top level program since taking over as head coach in 2012 and this recruiting class should help sustain the rise in the program.  Youth National team players Brendan Constantine, and Guyllain Kabala should all see time in their first season at Providence.  Add John Hamilton, William Risigo, and Alex Vigliotti to a roster that was already deep and final fours may become a common place for the Friars.  Change - Midfielder Zachary Herivaux who was initially reported as a Providence recruit elected to sign a Homegrown Player contract with The New England Revolution.  

19

Saint Louis - The Billikens had a great run in 2014, but with key loses in major positions this might be a class looked at to impact the program right away.  The class is highlighted by Matheus Martins Silva from Montverde, and youth national team forward Nash Popovic. Both could see time right away.  Eric Davies, JT Cook, Jeffery Palomarez, Ben Yeager, Brady Lenius, and Anthony Brown are all good players that add depth, and could see quality minutes in the coming season.  St. Louis has a lot of pieces to replace BUT if Popovich can come in and score goals, St. Louis won’t miss the graduating seniors too much.  Late addition - Midfielder Lennart Hein from Germany who most recently played for SV Todesfelde. 

20

Penn State- Everything in Happy Valley changed when U20 National Team center back Robert Sagel decided to transfer from Temple. Sagel helped make a good class turn into a very good class.  DC United product Brennan Ireland, Canadian youth National teamer Dayonn Harris, Travis Keil, Ibrahima Kouyate, Wes Bergevin, McKinley Curran, and Austin Maloney round out a very promising class in Happy Valley.  Dayonn Harris is the key piece to the class. He is athletic and technical and should be difficult for Big Ten teams to deal with when he goes forward.  

21

California - Head coach Kevin Grimes continues to prove that he is one of the better coaches in all of college soccer.  A coach that over the last few seasons, has taken good players, and made them into MLS first rounders.  This class may just follow suit.  Highlighted by US National team goalie Jonathan Klinsmann who is the son of Jurgen Klinsmann, this class also brings in  Adam Eaton, Samuel Junqua, Shinkya Kandono, Christian Segovia, and Noah Texter.  It may not seem like a big name class now, but give Grimes time and history will tell you that there will be an MLS first rounder in the group.  Late addition - Forward Spencer Held who played for Real So Cal and initially signed with Syracuse.  

22

Monmouth - Monmouth’s Head coach Robert McCourt might be one of the best kept secrets in college soccer, since 2004 McCourt has gone 120-44-36 and this class might just help add to the win totals. U-18 National team defender Kyle Duncan headlines the group, but Jalil Blalock and Zachary Perez have the skill and talent to help right away.  Add Daniel Aversano and Chase Covello into the mix and Monmouth looks to have another team that could be marching into the NCAA tournament.  Duncan is the impact player in this class. Expect him to be an immediate impact for Monmouth and a player that will help carry the program into the NCAA tournament for the next four years.  Late additions - Midfielder Anderson Asiedu out of St. Benedict's Prep. and forward Jassiem Wahtuse. 

23

Washington - Jaime Clark has a knack for finding hidden gems from all over the country.  With the loss of Christian Roldan, Darwin Jones, Andy Thoma, and Spencer Richey to Major League Soccer, Clark attempts to reload the Huskies with the new group.  Led by National Team defender Quentin Pearson and Joey Parish, this well balanced recruiting class will add depth to the Huskies.  Add Corban Anderson, Ryan Degroot, Kasey French, Andrew Conwell, and SaifKerawala and Washington shouldn’t skip a beat in the coming season.

24

North Carolina State - The Wolfpack land a quality class with the addition of Aidan Wixted, Tyler Gabarra, Stephen Elias, Ben Locke, Lesley Nchanji, and Tanner Roberts.  Roberts and Wixted might be the keys to the class.  Roberts is a strong powerful forward who had no problem scoring goals for his academy team, and Wixted might be the guy to take the place of Conor Donavan who signed early with Major League Soccer.

25

Notre Dame - While some programs try to reinvent themselves on the recruiting trail, Bobby Clark continues to focus on the approach that has made his teams at Notre Dame a national brand. The Irish have added seven players in the 2015 class, all guys that will fit a system that has made Notre Dame a powerhouse since Clark arrived at South Bend.  Sean MacLeod could see minutes right away, and Ian Aschieris, Myles Brown, Sean Dedrick, Felicien Dumas, and Thomas Ueland will add depth to a Notre Dame side that made it to the third round of the NCAA tournament last season.

26

Northeastern - The biggest sleeper of all classes might be Northeastern.  A program that struggled in 2014 has a recruiting class that should help them reload immediately.  Led by Kevin Carvalho from Philadelphia Union, and Andrew Lombard from the Red Bull this class is very good. Christopher Flores can be a difference maker going forward.  Finish the class with Adam Gibbs, Alexandre Reissmann, Chris Scatterday and Tristian Tippeconnic and there is enough here for Northeastern to have something special in the coming seasons.

27

Tulsa - Tulsa has been a consistent winner over the last few years, competing for conference titles throughout, and this class should only help continue the trend.  This class is highlighted by U18 National team forward Juan Sebastian Sanchez, a creative forward who has a knack for scoring goals. The additions of Ashby Clark, Marcel DaSilva, Keegan King, Munashe Raranje and Miguel Velasquez all will add depth to a very good Tulsa side.

28

Michigan - The Wolverines who had the #2 recruiting class in 2014 fell short of the expectations the program was building toward.  With three freshmen transferring after their first semester in Ann Arbor (Selamani, Kohl, and Duska) Michigan will look to reload with this coming class.  Remember the name Francis Atuahene, the midfielder is as good as any player in the country and the addition of Marcello Borges from the Red Bull might help soften the sting of those who left Ann Arbor after a lackluster season.

29

Marquette - The Golden Eagles lost some quality pieces in 2014, with Axel Sjoberg, Charlie Lyon, and Coco Navarro going to the professional ranks, so recruiting was a major priority for Marquette.  Midfielder Ruben Sanchez and defender Kees Westra highlight the class, but Luis Barraza and Tobin Howell could be contributors depending on how quickly they can adapt to the speed of college soccer.

30

UC Irvine - The Anteaters went 16-6-3, only to lose to Providence who eventually made a final four run.  With a large number of players returning this recruiting class just adds to the strength of a program that could make a deep run again this season.  Ivan Canales and Jorge Lara are two guys to keep an eye on, but Daniel Crisostomo, Julian Font, Luis Leon, Michael Lopez and Alex Waldron are all capable of coming in and getting minutes.  Look for a big year from UC Irvine in 2015.

31

Creighton - Creighton never seems to skip a beat and their consistency in winning comes with their consistency in recruiting.   Remember the name Evan Waldrep from this class, he’s as good as any midfielder in the class, add goalie Jacob Rooth and Peter Prescott to the class and expect Creighton to continue its excellence in college soccer.  The class is small, but little was needed to a team that only lost a few key players from a team that went 16-3-3.

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New Mexico - The Lobos are a constant powerhouse, and this class should help to keep them that way.  Lead by JUCO All-American Yuri Domician, Aaron Herrera, Andy Rios, Devin Boyce, and  two internationals in Kasper Kajermo from Sweden and Simon Spangenberg from Belgium, this class will help reload an already powerful program.

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Wisconsin- Wisconsin was young last season, and some might even had called it a rebuilding year, but with his players a year older and an impressive recruiting class Coach Trask has to be pleased with the direction the badgers are going.  Lead by New Zealand U20 Sam Botherton and US U18 defender Elan Koenig, Wisconsin has key pieces to add on to a big returning class.  Add in Abdul Kooistra, Isaac Schlenker, Sully Tesch and Jack Wells and expect Wisconsin to be competing for the Big Ten title in the coming years.   

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Dartmouth - The Big Green brings in a very talented class for 2015, a class that includes Justin Donawa, Jordan McNair, Us Youth national teamer Amadu Kunateh, James Handal, Max Heffron, Max Lurie, EduvieIkoba, and Noah Paravicini.  Expect Justin Donawa to be an impact player right away. Donawa, a mid out of the Berkshire academy, has the pace and skill out wide to set himself apart at the college level.

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Louisville - Louisville adds four transfers in Ethan Decker (UCONN), Theo Jamiloux (Florida Atlantic), Daniel Johnson (Maryland), and Nedin Zukanovic (Lindsey Wilson) as well as newcomers Tate Schmitt, Max Stiegwardt, and Oliver Calvo.  Ethan Deck might be the key addition in the class.  If he can find a goal scoring touch, Louisville will be a tough team to beat.

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Princeton - Former United States Youth national team defenders Jeremy Colvin and Henry Martin headline the Princeton class, but Will Lentz, Danny Hampton, Sean McSherry, Bryan Prudil, and Moyin Opeyemi will certainly help Princeton as they fight for an Ivy League title in 2015.  Expect Purdil to create havoc for opponents in the coming years for Princeton.

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UMBC - This class positions UMBC for continued success. Coming off a final four run and having to replace key pieces to a very talented team for any program is difficult, but UMBC might have done so with this class.  Lead by U.S. youth national teamer Patrick Jean-Gilles this class adds depth and strength all over the pitch.  Tyler Ward out of Georgia, and Riley Collins, James Gielien, David Harris and Kyle Saunderson add depth to a talented UMBC team.

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Northwestern- Northwestern adds another solid recruiting class.  Lead by US Youth national teamer Shannon Seymour this class will replace many needed pieces that Northwestern lost to graduation.  Add in Camden Buescher, Benjamin Miller, Emmett Gordon, Robbie White and Jake Roberge and there are a lot of positives going forward for Northwestern.

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Clemson - The Tigers return a good core of players from a team that had a very impressive 2014 season.  They also will be bringing in a class that can help keep those standards high.  Michele Bottari from South Carolina, Johnny Heckman out of Tennessee, Trey Langlois from Florida and Amit Tal out of Chicago will help add depth to a team that seems to be finding their way in the ACC.

40 Grand Canyon University -  In case you were wondering, Schellas Hyndman can coach and in case you were wondering it might only be a matter of time before Grand Canyon University becomes a national power.  A 2015 class that contains Christian Ramirez from FC Dallas, Damien Germain who led the country in goals at the Developmental Academy level, and Alex Radilla make for a good building block to get the program to a Hyndman-like standard.
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San Francisco - A deep and talented class is headed to Eddie Soto in 2015.  Headliners include Sean Bowman from the Seattle Sounders and Hunter Ashworth from the Pateadores and New Zealand’s Youth national team, as well as Andre Glasnovi from Croatia, Santiago DiGiuseppe from the LA Galaxy, Evan Williams from the Strikers, Noah Leong from the Pateadores, Jordan Hughes from Australia and transfers Ryan Buckingham from Massachusett and Kevin De La Torre from UCLA. Keep a close eye on Bowman who has a knack for scoring goals and could be a big land for Soto and San Francisco.

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Denver - Jamie Franks' first recruiting class as the head coach at Denver is a very good one.  The six member class includes an influx of top notch talent that includes midfielder Ryan Barlow out of the FC Dallas Academy, forward Andre Shinyashiki out of the Montverde Academy, and defender Tosh Samkange out of the Seattle Sounders Academy. 

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Furman - The Paladins add a very impressive recruiting class to a team that returns ten starters from the 2014 squad that captured the Southern Conference Tournament championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Midfielders Danny Kierath who played for the GSA Phoenix 97 Red and Josiah Baker of played for Georgia United are among the highly regarded members of Doug Allison's six  player 2015 recruiting class.  

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Xavier - Andy Fleming has done an excellent job of recruiting players who have produced big time results. The Musketeers are coming off a 15-6-2 season in which they reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the history of the program.  Fleming has added a twelve member recruiting class that should help ensure that the trend line continues upward at Xavier.  The class includes NSCAA All-American midfielder Robert DeWitt who was also named the Missouri Class 4 Offensive Player of the Year and defender Connor Maki out of the IMG Academy. 

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Florida Gulf Coast University - If you are looking for an emerging power on the recruiting trail, look in the direction of FGCU.  The Eagles have won the Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship for five consecutive seasons and have earned an invite to the NCAA Tournament three times in only four seasons of eligibility.  Bob Butehorn will welcome a fourteen member class to Fort Myers that includes several impact sophomore transfers. The class also includes highly regarded freshman midfielder Dennis Zapata who played for the Orlando City U-18 Academy.

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Boston College - Ed Kelly has added a twelve member recruiting class that he hopes will give the Eagles the edge they need on both sides of the ball to get back into the NCAA Tournament field in 2015 after a two year absence.  Forward Simon Enstrom from Sweden, midfielder Joshua Forbes from Germany, defender Rodolfo Postigo from Venezuela and midfielder Raphael Salama from Spain are among the international players in the class who have the potential to make an impact. Forward Tommy Garcia-Morillo out of the Weston FC Academy and Gulliver Preparatory is among other members.   

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Temple - The Owls seek to rebound from a disappointing 2-14-2 overall record last year with the addition of a fourteen member recruiting class that includes nine freshmen and five transfers. The transfers include junior forward Jorge Gomez from the University of Madrid, junior defender Carlos Moros Garcia out of Valencia University in Spain, and junior midfielder Justin Stoddart out of Lewis and Clark Community College.

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Akron - The Zips have added a six member recruiting class to the 2014 team that won both the MAC regular season and tournament titles and earned the program's twenty-ninth NCAA Tournament berth  Recruiting is all about supplementing what you currently have and Akron's six member class should fit in nicely with the returning players.  The class includes  midfielder Pau Belana from Spain, defender Alonzo Clarke out of the D.C. United U-18 team, goalkeeper NIck Costa and midfielder Matthew Harter who played for the Internationals SC,  defender Barth-Luther Mouafo who is a junior transfer from Garner-Webb, and graduate student Goncalo Soares who played for Benfica in Lisbon, Portugal.

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San Diego State - Lev Kishner has added an eleven member class that could enable the Aztecs to move upward in the very competitive Pac-12 Conference.  Forward Pablo Pelaez who has been a member of several U.S. National Teams looks to be the marquee player of the class.  Sophomore transfers forward Jeroen Meefout from Maryland and midfielder Simon Said from Rider, forward Luke Ackerman, midfielder Dallin Cutler, and midfielder Edin Sinanovic are among other members with the potential to contribute right away. 

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Wright State - Wright State has added a class that has the potential to be a difference maker. The eleven member class should enable the Raiders to build on the success that they enjoyed last year when they won twelve games and advanced to the finals of the Horizon League Tournament.  The class includes midfielder Jeff Rhodes who is a transfer from San Diego State, NJCAA All-Americans defender Kaique Fernandes and goalkeeper Will Lukowski, NSCAA High School All-American forward Tristan Lule, and midfielder Jackson Dietrich who was the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year. 

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FIU - Scott Calabreze will enter his second season as the head coach at FIU with the addition of a ten member recruiting class that should help him put his stamp on the program.  The class consists of four transfers and six freshmen with the potential to up the level of play at FIU sooner rather than later. Transfers include defender Thibault Civalier from ETSU, midfielder Brad Fountain from Northeastern, and defender Paul Marie from Newberry College.  Midfielder Inigo Sagarduy out of the Kendall Soccer Academy is among the freshman who could contribute.