The latest Division I men’s recruiting rankings for the class of 2019 is out today, the second-to-last update before the final rankings are set to come out in August.
There’s been a couple of moves to come out in the past few weeks o influence the rankings. Former San Diego State signee Matthew Hoppe elected to sign a pro contract with Schalke, and won’t play college soccer this fall. George Campbell signed a homegrown contract with Atlanta United and won't play this fall at Maryland. The rankings for this update has been expanded to 30 programs as well.
Below is the latest Men’s Division I Recruiting Class Rankings update for July.
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1. North Carolina
Commitments: D Blake Malone (Seattle Sounders – No. 24), D Julian Hinojosa (FC Dallas – No. 36), M Cameron Fisher (Barca Academy – No. 48), F Key White (Richmond United – No. 123), F Jonathan Jimenez (NYCFC – No. 136), D Samuel Moore (Richmond United – No. 145), D Lenny Aharon (Maccabi Tel Aviv), M Sebastian Berhalter (Crew SC Academy), M Cristian Coelho (Houston Dynamo), GK Marco Perez (New England Revolution), GK Jacob Schick (Chargers SC)
Transfers: F Santiago Herrera (UCLA)
While North Carolina’s complete class has yet to drop, the Tar Heels hold on to top spot and look likely to seal that. Already boasting a formidable group, the news that Sebastian Berhalter reclassified and will join the program this fall is massive; Jonathan Jimenez enjoyed a stellar turn in the Development Academy finals to help NYCFC to the national championship.
Commitments: F Joshua Penn (Sockers FC – No. 13), F Victor Bezerra (Chicago Fire – No. 47), F M Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew – No. 72), Brennan Conger (DC United – No. 86), D Andrew Goldsworthy (Indiana Fire Academy – No. 149), D Brett Bebej (Chicago Fire Academy), M Luka Boha (Alliance FC), GK Roman Celentano (Sockers FC), F Maouloune Goumballe (Crew SC Academy), F Herbert Endeley (Minneapolis United), M Quinten Helmer (AZ Alkmaar), M Alex McGill (Indiana Fire Academy)
Transfers: D Simon Waever (Evansville), M Joris Ahlinvi (Florida International)
With the additions of Ahlinvi and Helmer after, the Hoosiers jump into the No. 2 spot. It will be interesting to see if every signed player ends up making it to campus, considering the caliber of players and the lure of pro soccer still hanging over them.
3. UC Irvine*
Commitments: M Jorge Hernandez (LA Galaxy – No. 17), D Kwabena Boateng (Sacramento Republic FC – No. 42), F Mario Anaya (San Jose Earthquakes – No. 77), M Edward Berumen (Sacramento Republic FC – No. 113), M Oscar Cervantes (LA Galaxy – No. 140), M Diego Aragon (FC Golden State), F Rafael Espinoza (Pateadores), D Ricardo Ibarra (San Jose Earthquakes), M Roberto Molina (Barca Academy)
Transfers: M/F Eder Oliva (Irvine Valley College), M Carlos Becerra (Coastal Carolina), D Seamus McLaughlin (San Francisco), GK Ford Parker (New Mexico), D Drew Boyd (Portland)
Formerly at the top of the rankings, UCI’s move to the No. 3 spot is more about the new talent revealed by UNC and Indiana than anything about the Big West program. With an impressive crop of California talent, they should continue to trend upwards later this year.