There is finally a 2020 men’s Division I NCAA champion, as the 2020-21 campaign came to a close this week.
The work quickly flips to the fall of 2021, when a new season can be expected to begin. Recruiting for this fall is likely to continue a bit more than usual, with coaches having the chance to recruit in person again in June.
On the heels of the final update to the IMG Academy Club Player Rankings for the Boys Class of 2021, check out the most recent edition of the men’s DI Recruiting Class Rankings for this year.
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1. Wake Forest
Commitments: D Boima Cummins (New York Red Bulls – No. 32), F Babacar Niang ([Pennington nj-w] – No. 78), M Roald Mitchell (PDA – No. 91), GK Robert Alphin (North Carolina FC – No. 101), F Mwinso Denkabe (Silicon Valley Soccer Association – No. 108), M Ryan Fessler (Sporting KC), M Eligio Guarino (NYCFC), F Julian Kennedy (Orlando City), M Nicolas Mancilla (Club Universidad de Chile), GK Jake Nicoll (STA), M Tareq Shihab (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Wake’s class maintains hold on the top spot, with five players in the Top 150 rankings. They’ve also added other players on a gap year. That includes Kennedy and Fessler, as the latter is already playing, while Mancilla and Shihab are notable international additions.
Commitments: F Sebastian Nava (LA Galaxy – No. 30), GK Andrew Cordes (Colorado Rapids – No. 45), D Isaac Homer (Portland Timbers – No. 51), D Sebastian Hernandez (LA Galaxy – No. 85), D Adrian Aguilar (LA Galaxy – No. 87), F John Atem Kato (SIMA), D Miles Lyons (Barca Academy), F Muslim Umar (Vancouver Whitecaps), D Ty Walker (New York Red Bulls)
Portland is knocking on the door at the top spot. Can this new group continue to push Portland towards the top of the conference or national scene?