Terrapins land the top class
College Soccer News
August 27, 2008
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All-Americans and should challenge for playing time from the get-go.

8. UCLA -- UCLA is synonymous with success and high-powered talent. So it should not be a surprise to anyone that a 9-9-3 overall record in 2007, put UCLA on the list of teams that need an infusion of talent to help right the ship. UCLA coach Jorge Salcedo responded with a very well-rounded 12-player class that may not be vintage UCLA but nonetheless is definitely noteworthy. The class features forward Eder Arreola from Chino Hills, California who is a member of the U.S. U-18 national team and midfielder Chris Cummings from Chatsworth, California who is a member of the U.S. U-17 national team and an NSCAA Youth All-American. Defender Victor Yanez from Riverside, California, and forward Prince Lapnet from Silver Spring, Maryland, are among others who add to the value of the class.

9. Santa Clara -- The news on the recruiting trail has been good for the Broncos. Help was needed since Santa Clara will be without four starters from the 2007 team that was 16-2-4 with a 10-0-2 mark in WCC play. Cameron Rast stated, "With a big group of players graduating, we needed to sign a big class." The Broncos have some very big shoes to fill due to the departure of All-American forward Peter Lowry who spearheaded the Bronco attack and All-American defender Jamil Roberts who anchored the defense. The marquee player of the class is midfielder Chance Bennett from Vallejo, California who was an NSCAA Youth All-American and member of the Cal-North and Region IV ODP teams. The class also boasts highly regarded Parade All-American defender Brandon Zimmerman. Midfielder Brian Brungger from San Diego and forward Peter Fitschen from Villa Park were members of the Cal-South and Region IV ODP teams.

10. Duke -- Transition may be the word at Duke in 2008. For starters, John Kerr takes over the reigns of the program replacing John Rennie who resigned last year after a very successful 29-year tenure as the Blue Devil head coach. Duke has always had a lot of success in recruiting, and there's no reason to expect that will change under Kerr. The Blue Devils will enter the 2008 season with plenty of gaps to fill due to the departure of six senior starters from the 2007 team that was 11-8-1 overall. However, Kerr welcomes a very balanced seven-man recruiting class to Durham that features Parade All-American defender Ian Kalis from Plano, Texas, who is a U.S. U-17 national team member, forward Temi Molina from Chandler, Arizona, who was named the Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year, highly regarded forward Graham Oxley from Great Falls, Virginia, and goalkeeper Jan Trnka-Amrhein from Brookline, Massachusetts who was an ESP All-Star.

11. Boston College -- The Eagles lost a lot of talent due to the graduation of forward Sherron Manswell and the decision of midfielder Reubin Ayarna to leave early to enter the professional ranks. However, Ed Kelly has added a small but extremely capable five-man recruiting class that will help the Eagles remain in the thick of things in the ACC and on the national scene. The class includes midfielder Nate Bourdeau from Baldwinsville, New York, forward Edwin Workey from Jensen Beach, Florida, and midfielder Conor Fitzpatrick from Coventry, Connecticut. Bourdeau, Worley and Fitzpatrick can shake and bake on the pitch and should contribute immediately. Defender Patrick Chin from Arcadia, California, and goalkeeper Max Zimmerman from St. Paul, Minnesota round out a very productive class. Boston College was the dominant team in the ACC last year winning both the regular season and tourney titles. The potential exists for a repeat in 2008.

12. Notre Dame -- It is almost a given that Notre Dame is going to be near the top of the recruiting rankings as long as Bobby Clark is at the helm of the program. The Irish have been consistently successful on the field of play since Clark came to Notre Dame from Stanford back in January of 2001 and that has translated into success on the recruiting trail. Clark stated, "That's the nice thing, we are now seeing a succession of very good recruiting classes coming to Notre Dame." The Irish will enter the 2008 season with a solid core of returning players but they also have some big gaps to plug due to the graduation of the likes of forwards Joe Lapira and Kurt Miller, defender Ryan Miller, and netminder Chris Cahill. There is some elite talent in Notre Dame's seven-member recruiting class beginning with midfielder Brandan King from Naperville, Illinois, who has as much potential as any incoming freshman in the country. King was a member of the 2007 U.S. U-17 World Cup team and is a two-time NSCAA Youth All-American who played club with the Chicago Magic. Midfielder Michael Rose from Severna Park, Maryland who was an NSCAA High School All-American out of Severna Park High School is among other members of the class who should make an impact. Goalkeeper Will Walsh from Chester, New Jersey looks to have all the tools to become a starting goalkeeper down the road.

13. South Florida -- George Kiefer again did an excellent job of attracting a talented and multi-dimensional 11-member recruiting class to Tampa. The class includes junior transfers Jorge Mora from North Carolina State and Zak Boggs from UCF who will make an immediate contribution. Mora was a starter for the past two season for the Wolfpack during which time he contributed a total of 14 assists. Boggs sat out the NCAA mandatory year in 2007. In 2006 he contributed five goals and one assist at UCF and was named an All-CUSA Second Team selection. The class also includes defender Aubrey Perry from Ocoee, Florida, who is a graduate of the U.S. U-17 residency program and competes with the U-18 and U-20 U.S. national teams.

14. South Carolina -- Once again, the Gamecocks have had a very successful recruiting year. Mark Berson's eight-manr class will join a very young South Carolina squad that returns 10 starters from the 2007 team that was 11-6-2 overall with a 4-4-4 mark in CUSA play that was good for a fourth-place finish. The three best prospects in the class are midfielder David MacVane from Saratoga Springs, New York, who has multi-years of top-notch competitive experience with various U.S. national teams, midfielder Brandon Tarr from Knoxville, Tennessee, who participated in the U.S. U-17 residency program, and defender Danny Cates from Irmo, South Carolina who was a two-time NSCAA High School All-American.

15. St. John's -- The 2007 season was not exactly a memorable one for the Red Storm by their own standards. St. John's had a 9-7-5 overall record last year that in effect precluded them from receiving an invite to the NCAA Tourney so their string of consecutive NCAA Tourney appearances came to a halt at 15. However, that didn't prevent coach Dave Masur from putting together what looks to be a very solid eight-player class. The impact player...
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