The first concrete implications about what the 2020 fall college season are starting to come into focus.
The Ivy League was the first, announcing that there would be no athletic competitions this fall. The ACC won’t start until September 1 at the earliest (if at all), and the Big Ten and Pac-12 will play conference opposition only.
Even as things come into focus on the field, TDS will still track and rank the 2020 additions as they are announced.
Below is the latest men’s Division I Recruiting Class Rankings, ranking the Top 50 classes of new talent.
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Commitments: M Kyle Folds (Crew SC Academy – No. 68), M Emerson Nieto (Indiana Fire Academy – No. 79), F Lukas Hummel (St. Louis FC – No. 97), D Lawson Redmon (St. Louis FC – No. 108), D Joseph Maher (St. Louis FC – No. 131), M Nathan Ward (Beadling SC – No. 195)
Transfers: D Callum Stretch (Denver), D Nyk Sessock (Pittsburgh)
Head coach Todd Yeagley and his staff have done impressive work filling spots from last year’s squad. Bringing in Stretch adds another pro-caliber central defender to the back line. Sessock should start immediately as an outside back. There should be plenty of opportunity for one or two of the incoming freshmen to carve out a role as well.
Commitments: D Kenny Nielsen (Pateadores SC – No. 54), M John Franks (United Futbol Academy – No. 63), M Chris Hegardt (Seattle Sounders – No. 73), F Marlon Tabora Ponce (Bethesda SC – No. 74), D Dominic De Almeida (PDA – No. 84), F Kyle Linhares (PDA – No. 107), M Trevor Burns (New England Revolution), F Pranav Jha (PDA), GK Ryan Schewe (Atlanta United)
The Hoyas have confirmed this group, which probably won’t be pushing for extreme minutes right away, with the national champions losing so little from the 2019 team. If anything, earmark them to step up as sophomores after the current rising seniors use up their eligibility.
Commitments: M Peter Stroud (West Ham – No. 15), GK John Harms (Crew SC Academy – No. 47), M Nicholas Pariano (Philadelphia Union – No. 48), D Antino Lopez (Seattle Sounders – No. 65), F Amir Daley (New York Red Bulls – No. 90), F Miguel Ramirez (Atlanta United – No. 123), F/D Sintayehu Clements (Seattle Sounders Academy), M Santa Ihara (SIMA), D Lewis McGarvey (Glentoran FC), M/F Krew Verratti (Cincinnati United Premier)
Adam Armour signed a contract with a 2. Bundesliga club this past week, bumping the Blue Devils down a peg. It’s still a very good class, assuming they all head towards Durham at some point in 2020-21.