Blue Devils land the top class
College Soccer News
August 5, 2007
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College Soccer News examined the 2007 incoming recruiting classes throughout the country to arrive at its top 20 rankings.

The criteria College Soccer News used to rank the classes applied a lot of weight to the extent to which a recruiting class filled the perceived gaps a team needed to fill as well as the overall potential of the recruits to increase the competitiveness of the team. Individual players were evaluated based on a combination of their high school, club, ODP, and regional and national experience. Playing experience against top level competition was a key factor. Transfers were also taken into consideration in rating classes. The rankings factored in extra credit to a recruiting class if the class signaled a step upward for the program. Programs that overachieved, as several did in 2007, are recognized in the rankings.

Some classes may still not be finalized so the rankings were issued based on the best information available to us at the time. The 2007 season will feature a lot of freshmen throughout the USA who will make an immediate impact as well as more than the normal amount of transfers who look to play key roles. With that in mind, let's look at the nation's top recruiting classes for 2007.

1. Duke -- A dandy of a class. The Blue Devils add six recruits who will strengthen an already loaded 2007 team and help ensure continued success in years to come. The class includes no less than four All-Americans. NSCAA Youth All-American Doug Ferner from Bloomfield Hill, Michigan, is among the top defenders coming out of the class of 2007. Defender Christian Ibeagha is a two-time NSCAA Youth All-American from Edmond, Oklahoma, out of Deer Creek High School, who is also a member of the U.S. U-17 national team. Midfielder Cole Grossman from St. Louis, Missouri, out of St. Louis University High School is an NSCAA Youth All-American who played club for Scott Gallagher. Forward Nick Sih from Horsham, Pa., is an NSCAA High School All-American out of Germantown Academy who played club with FC Delco Crunch. Goalkeeper Nick Tsipis is from Perry, Ohio, out of St. Ignatius High School where he was an NSCAA All-Central Region selection. Graduate student forward Joshua Medcalf who played three years at Vanderbilt rounds out the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

2. Indiana -- The Hoosiers again had plenty of success on the recruiting trail. This group is as highly touted as any in the country with four All-American forwards. Forward Andy Adlard is a two-time NSCAA Youth All-American who played club for the Chicago Magic. Forward Mike Roach is an NSCAA High School All-American who played club for Scott Gallagher. Forward Alec Purdie is an NSCAA High School All-Amerian who played for the Carmel United Soccer Club Cosmos. Forward Max Weston is an NSCAA High School All-American and the Ohio State Player of the Year. Midfielders Tyler McCarroll, Rich Balchan and goalkeeper Michael Munroe round out the class.

3. Virginia -- The Cavaliers added only five recruits, but four members of the class have experience on the U.S. U-18 national team. Virginia coach George Gelnovatch stated that this class "could be one of our top classes in a while." The class includes defenders T.J. Cyrus who was named the NSCAA Virginia State Player of the Year and is an NSCAA All-American, and Colin Given who is an NSCAA Youth All-American and has been a member of the U.S. U-18 team. Goalkeeper Danny Louisignau who hails from Wilmington, Delaware and has been the netminder for the Baltimore Bays Club team, midfielder Jimmy Simpson who is a member of the Virginia and Region I ODP teams and has experience with the U.S. U-18 national team, and midfielder Jason Kim from Irvine, California who is a very talented member of the Region IV ODP team.

4. SMU -- The Mustangs signed an eight-member recruiting class that successfully addresses gaps on both sides of the ball. The marquee player of the class is forward Chad Bauman from Spring, Texas, who is an NSCAA High School All-American and the Texas State Player of the Year. Defender Patrick Clendenny is the Missouri State Defensive Player of the Year. Midfielder Keoki Haole is a member of the Region IV ODP team. Goalkeeper Jonathan Lester is a member of the Region III ODP team. Midfielder Ariel Osorio is a member of the Region IV ODP team. Goalkeeper Brock Tomlinson played club for the Chicago Magic. Forward Walberto Vasquez is a member of the Region II ODP team. Midfielder Tyler Williams played club for Scott Gallagher and is a member of the Missouri ODP team.

5. Akron -- To land a recruiting class like this was quite an accomplishment for Akron coach Caleb Porter. NSCAA Youth All-American midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong is from Carrollton, Texas, out of the IMG Academy. He adds immediate zip to the Akron attack. Midfielder Blair Gavin from Franklin, Tennessee, out of the IMG Academy, will add defensive toughness and another dimension to the attack out of the back. Midfielder Michael Nanchoff from North Royalton, Ohio, out of Walsh Jesuit is an NSCAA High School All-American who had a school record 31 assists last year. Forward Steve Zakuani from London, England, adds quickness to the attack up-top. Midfielder Aaron Henkle from Carmel, Indiana, out of Carmel High School is a very sound all around athlete with solid soccer skills and a great work ethic.

6. Wake Forest -- The Demon Deacons signed a gifted group of players. Midfielder Corben Bone from Dallas, Texas out of Plano High School is the jewel of the class. One of the most sought after recruits in the country, Bone was named the 2006 NSCAA Player of the Year and was a 2006 High School All-American. Midfielder Jeff Leach is among other high profile members of the class. Leach is a member of the U-18 U.S. national team and was named an NSCAA Youth All-American in 2005 and 2006. Midfielder Russ Coleman from Norman, Oklahoma who was a Region III ODP team member and defender Ike Opara from Durham, North Carolina round out a stellar class.

7. Clemson -- Trevor Adair needed impact players and he got them. The class includes NSCAA High School and Youth All-American midfielder Eric Cava from Annapolis, Maryland, NSCAA High School All-American midfielder Tommy Drake from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and NSCAA Youth All-American defender John Tardy from Staten Island, New York. Forward Sam Petrone from Glen Rock, New Jersey is another member of this talented class who should help the Tigers fill the goal-scoring void that exists due to the departure of forwards Dane Richards and Frederico Moojen.

8. Maryland -- The Terps again landed an impressive class that includes a forward, two midfielders, a defender, and a goalkeeper. Forward Billy Cortes is from Mission Viejo, California, where he was a two year ESP participant and played club for the Pateadores. Midfielders Rodney Wallace from Rockville, Maryland, and...
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