Memphis was looking to achieve depth; California brought in talent to help defend its Pac-10 title and Long Island(m) and New Mexico are both trying to climb their own conferences.
Today, we analyze four new soccer signing classes.
Signees: Paul Banks (Midsouth FC), Scott Elliott (Tulsa SC), Chandler Gagnon (Tennessee Rush), Will Linder (Brentwood Premier), Cody Uzcategui (IMG Academy), Tyler Rist (Huntsville Futbol Club), Matt Derrington (St. Louis Scott Gallagher)
Skinny: Gagnon, our No. 31 ranked player in the 2011 Top 100, was originally slated to attend Indiana before changing his commitment to Memphis. Gagnon is a steady defender with good size. Derrington, No. 9 in the Heartland Region, is a talented goalkeeper while Banks comes in at No. 20 in the South Region.
“We picked up positions we felt we needed to and we have a young group coming back as well felt needed more depth and competiton in places and that’s been identified in this class.
Long Island University(m)
Skinny: The Blackbirds were able to snag a diverse class from all over the country, picking up more than a few West Coast recruits. Bagramyan is a young midfielder who will be graduating early and joining a group that includes plenty of Development Academy prospects.
Signees: Stefano Bonomo (De Anza Force), Seth Casiple (California Development Academy), Christian Dean (De Anza Force), Connor Hallisey (California Development Academy), Omid Jalali (Irvine Strikers), Max Oldham (De Anza Force), Chris Rawji (Irvine Strikers), Bobby Sekine (Irvine Strikers)
Skinny: The Golden Bears have come away with plenty of instate talent. Hallisey is our No. 62 ranked player in the 2011 Top 100 class, and he brings national team experience. His club teammate, Casiple, was also called into a recent U.S. U18 camp and is our No. 10 ranked player in the Northern California & Hawaii Region.
Signees: Dustin Berg (Real Colorado), Sam Carmichael (Adelaide, Australia), Josh Dye (Classic FC), Nick Miele (FC Gladiators), Casey Phillips (Real Salt Lake Academy), James Rogers (Real Salt Lake – AZ), Nicklas Savolainen (Boras, Sweden)
Skinny: The classes’ big name is Berg, our No. 42 ranked player for the 2011 Top 100 List. Berg is a very technically sound player who should definitely find his niche at the college level. Rogers is No. 7 in our Rocky Mountains & Southwest Region