With June here, college coaches around the country are one month closer to seeing their prized recruits step on campus.
In the men’s Division I game, pro opportunities can always derail the best planned recruiting classes. There hasn’t been a major defector yet, though when the transfer window opens in the summer, things can always change.
Looking at reported commitments, top-ranked signings, transfers and international additions, below is the latest Top 30 recruiting classes at this point in 2018. IMG Academy Top 150 ranking is listed in parentheses.
Commitments: M Franuel Amaya (Pateadores – No. 6), GK Justin Garces (Atlanta United – No. 17), M Matthew Hundley (Colorado Rapids – No. 19), D Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State – No. 20), M Cody Sundquist (Placer United)
Transfers: M Carlos Rincon (Santa Monica College), F Mohammed Kamara (Tyler Junior College)
After a poor season by their standards, UCLA’s recruiting class should position the program for bigger and better things. Five players are ranked in the top 20, though it’s worth noting that with each player’s proximity to pro clubs, any of these talented players could turn pro. Frankie Amaya’s one of the big pieces here, while Mohammed Kamara is a pro prospect in the waiting.
2. Wake Forest*
Commitments: M Isaiah Parente (Crew SC Academy – No. 25), F Kyle Holcomb (Pateadores – No. 26), D Koby Carr (Houston Dynamo Youth Soccer – No. 37), M Aristotle Zarris (LA Galaxy – No. 42), D John (Holland) Rula (FC Dallas – No. 119), M Jake Swallen (Minnesota Thunder Academy), D Elijah Kerr (Dix Hills SC)
Transfer: M Alistair Johnston (St. John’s)
There is significant work to be done for the Demon Deacons, with the combination of seniors and early departures from last fall’s roster. This recruiting class features a handful of players that can contribute right away, from Isaiah Parente to outside backs like Koby Carr and John (Holland) Rula.