Top 25 Recruiting Classes for 2016: April
Signing Day was over two months ago, but men’s soccer programs are still slowly releasing recruiting class announcements. TopDrawerSoccer released the first post-signing day class rankings in February.
Following the announcement of a few more classes since then, TDS has updated the rankings and expanded the group to a Top 25. Check out which programs made the cut below.
Commitments: Cameron Lindley (No. 9), Auston Trusty (No. 26), Mauricio Pineda (No. 38), Andrew Romig (No. 67), Nathaniel Adamolekun (No. 78), Jeremy Kelly (No. 105), Anthony McCaffrey, Giovanni Montesdeoca, John Skahan
Transfer: Drew Murphy (UC Santa Barbara)
The Tar Heels still look to have the best class in Division I with a number of immediate difference makers on board for 2016.
Commitments: Emmanuel Sabbi (No. 12), Nicholas Hinds (No. 20), Reggie Laryea (No. 37), Marcel Zajac (No. 116), Jesus Perez (No. 136), Alex Mapp, Jackson Crawford, Jonathan Lewis, Tor Saunders, Jackson Crawford, Jeremy Pollard
Akron’s class could be something special if all of the players end up in Ohio. Sabbi continues to get looks with the U.S. U20 Men’s National Team.
Commitments: Terrell Lowe (No. 31), Lucas Mendes (No. 33), Weston McKennie (No. 35), Aaron James (No. 44), Raheem Taylor-Parkes (No. 54), Leon Maric (No. 138), Victor Falck, Joshua Goldstern, Colin Shutler, Max Diamond
Transfer: Bay Kurtz (Liberty)
Virginia was the only team in the top three that had some shake-up in the class since the last update as a few players dropped off and transfer Bay Kurtz joined the mix.
Maryland’s two transfer make this class legit. Rozhansky and Wild have already been successful at the college level and they should continue that success with the Terps in 2016.
Washington moves up the rankings thanks to other programs losing out on players, as the Huskies class has remained consistent since Signing Day.
Transfer: Jason Romero (Pima Community College)
The losses of Orrin McKenzie Gaines and Danilo Acosta have hurt the UCLA recruiting class, which was previously ranked as the best in Division I.
7. New Mexico
Transfer: Luke Lawrence (Fort Lewis)
New Mexico’s class still looks strong, but Zubak has been playing with LA Galaxy II, and doing extremely well with the franchise’s second team. He is a crucial part of this class, so the Lobos need to hope that he makes it to campus this summer.
8. Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons are the only team in the top ten that has not announced their recruiting class yet.
Commitments: Simon Lekressner (No. 45), David Burns (No. 48), Brian O’Hara, Drake Callender, Javier Macias
The strength of California Golden Bears soccer is keeping local guys near home, and this class is right on line with that as local talent David Burns should be an immediate help to the group.
Clemson snags the last spot in the top 10 as U.S. youth international defender Tanner Dieterich anchors an impressive class for the College Cup darlings.
11. UC Santa Barbara
Transfers: Dalton Pando (Johnson & Wales University Denver), Jan Ilskens (Northwest Nazarene)
Commitments: Suniel Veerakone (No. 41), Colby Agu (No. 110), Jack Doran, Max Moser, Chinenye Uche
Transfer: Robert Moewes (Binghamton)
Commitments: Mckay Eves* (No. 12), Alec Felix, Kaled Augat, Joe Wheelwright
Transfer: Aaron Caprio (Portland)
16. Michigan State
Commitments: Rey Ortiz (No. 24), William Garton, Gio Magana, Drew Boyd, Benjamin Michel
Transfer: Graham Smith (Oregon State)
22. Notre Dame
24. Loyola Marymount
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