While the soccer shutdown has left players around the world with little to do, classes continue to come together for men’s Division I soccer programs for this coming fall.
This week’s unveiling of the IMG Academy Top 200 playing rankings has led to plenty of changes in the most recent edition of the men’s recruiting class rankings.
However, the most substantial change has little to do with the new rankings, and more to do with a couple of transfers added by Indiana, which moves to the top. Below is the latest men’s Division I Recruiting Class Rankings, now expanded to the Top 40 classes as of April.
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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 Adam Armour (North Carolina FC – No. 11), 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. 119), M Santa Ihara (SIMA)
The Blue Devils still have a high-quality class coming in, and perhaps are a bit hard done by to slot in at No. 2. The committed players have the look of ACC difference makers.