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Eric Nuss, Defender, Revolution Empire
After a strong performance in 2012, it’s never a surprise to see the level of interest surrounding the Cornell men’s soccer program hitting new heights.
It’s one of many things that led Eric Nuss to commit his future to the upstate New York school.
“I decided to commit to Cornell because of the combination of great academics and a fantastic soccer program,” he told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I also loved the campus and was happy that it was not too far away from home.”
While the team’s reputation is an obvious draw, that wasn’t the only aspect of the school that Nuss enjoyed.
“I certainly was very impressed with the coaching staff as well as the facilities,” he said. “I talked with a few of the players and they had nothing but great things to say about the program.”
Then there was the chance to pursue an Ivy League education while getting that on the field experience.
“ The school it self is very prestigious and strong academically,” he said. “I am excited about the challenge that this presents. I was also attracted by the strong biology and life sciences program that they have to offer.”
Jeff Farina, Forward, Chicago Fire
IMG Academy 150 Ranking: #81
Commitment: Notre Dame
In search of a replacement for senior Ryan Finley, Notre Dame has once again turned to the Chicago Fire Academy, which already boasts a couple of Fire Academy alums on the current roster.
That recently netted the program the commitment of Jeff Farina, who scored 17 goals for the U18 squad this season.
“I decided to commit to Notre Dame because of the combination of strong academic reputation and an impressive soccer tradition,” Farina told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I am confident that I will continue to develop as a player under coach Bobby Clark.”
Along with the school’s proximity to home – Farina lives just two hours away from the South Bend campus – the program’s move to the ACC was also a huge factor in his decision.
“I was also very excited that Notre Dame is headed to the ACC,” he said. “I view the ACC as one of the strongest soccer conferences in the country and the opportunity to play against that kind of competition is very appealing.”
Arthur Bosua, Forward, Albertson SC
For Arthur Bosua, everything that committing to Columbia provided him – in all aspects of life on and off the field – were too good to turn down.
“I decided to commit to Columbia University because it is a top academic university that I knew would test me and give me the opportunity to grow in a great competitive environment,” he told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “The overall package that the school provides through its location in New York City, Ivy League education, and Student-Athlete support made my decision to commit an easy one.”
While the team mustered a 4-8-4 record in 2012, Bosua is confident that things are headed in a positive direction under head coach Kevin Anderson.
“The soccer program is definitely one on the rise,” Bosua said. “Coach Anderson brought in a very strong class for 2013 and I can't wait to be a part of the team in 2014. His style of play will suit my game well. The coaches goals to be apart of the NCAA tournament every year and play a tough schedule helped me understand the direction the program was heading in. I couldn't wait to be a part of the soccer program.”
Defender Blaise Panepinto (FC Westchester) committed to Iona College for the class of 2014.
Midfielder Nicholas Moon (FC Milwaukee) committed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the class of 2014.
Midfielder Undre' (Jordan) Shankle (Solar Chelsea SC) committed to Louisville for the class of 2014.
Defender Simmule Turner (Dallas Texans) committed to Florida Southern for the class of 2013.
Midfielder Renato Punyed (Kendall Soccer Coalition) committed to High Point for the class of 2013.