The class of 2017 continues to come together in the Division I men’s soccer season.
Professional opportunities still loom between now and August, and is likely to leave its mark on this fall’s incoming crop.
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Regardless, the latest 2017 Recruiting Class Rankings expands to a Top 30 this time around, with plenty of talent set to join programs later this year.
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Commitments: M Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal – No. 6), D Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher – No. 7), F Rhys De Sota (Colorado Rapids – No. 14), M Charlie Wehan (Strikers FC – No. 17), D Andrew Aprahamian (Philadelphia Union – No. 47), M Kei Tomozawa (Seattle Sounders – No. 57), F Arda Bulut (San Jose Earthquakes – No. 64), F Jack O’Brien (Colorado Rush – No. 92), F Zachary Ryan (New York Red Bulls – No. 106)
Stanford, which has announced its class, looks poised to follow up back-to-back national titles with the No. 1 recruiting class. A number of Top 150 recruits should be able to jump in right away and add an immediate impact. Along with that, most are unlikely to bypass college for a pro offer.
2. North Carolina
Commitments: D John Nelson (Internationals SC – No. 11), F Alex Rose (Capital Area Railhawks Academy – No. 19), F Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area Railhawks Academy – No. 25), M Raul Aguilera (Orlando City – No. 42), D Mark Salas (FC Dallas – No. 52), GK Alec Smir (North Carolina Fusion – No. 111), D Charlie Forecast (Wigan Academy)
Three Top 25 recruits, including two locals (Rose and Del Rosario) propel UNC to second spot. Keep an eye on Mark Salas as well, as the FC Dallas Academy has a long track record of sending players to the next level.
3. Wake Forest
Commitments: M Brandon Servania (FC Dallas – No. 13), F Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls – No. 26), D Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union – No. 29), F Machop Chol (Atlanta United – No. 115), GK Andrew Pannenberg (Charlotte Soccer Academy – No. 103), M Landen Haig (Orlando City – No. 126), M Kyle McCurley (FC United), GK Dominic Peters (San Jose Earthquakes), F Justin McMaster (Philadelphia Union)
The 2016 runners up lost a lot from last year's team, but are poised to replace those quickly. No official announcement has come out yet, however, as one or two players could end up skipping the college route. No matter what happens, the addition of Brandon Servania will help the team cope with the departures of Ian Harkes and Jacori Hayes in midfield.