Unsigned Seniors - Boys Forwards

Unsigned Seniors - Boys Forwards
by Sheldon Shealer
March 1, 2020

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TopDrawerSoccer.com asked high school and club coaches and club directors to email us Class of 2020 high school seniors or college transfers actively looking for homes for the fall. With the 2020 high school/club season on hold, we thought it was an excellent time to spotlight those who want to find a college match. Below are the players of which we have received information.

The information and descriptions are supplied by the nominators and not TopDrawerSoccer.com. We will update this list as we receive additional names. 
 
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The players are listed in alphabetical order.
 
James Anderson, NJ, 5-11/150, CM/W, PDA U19/[Rumson-Fair Haven nj-m] (N.J.) -- Interested in academically selective Division I-III research-focused schools with strong marine science/earth and environmental science programs. He has narrowed list, received offers but is open to conversation. Dynamic player capable of making chances. Good ability on the ball, uses 1v1 and passing to create scoring opportunities. Technical and athletic player. Also played in UK for York City FC youth academy. Highlight VideoPlayer Profile. Contact PDA boys academy director Sam Nellins, snellins@aol.com.  
 
Braulio Ayala, TX, 5-7, F/LW/RW, AMD, Conroe (Texas) -- Open to all opportunities from Division I to JuCo. He has fantastic, quick footwork. He is aware of his surroundings and he doesn't feel pressure. He loves to take on players 1v1 and is confident in his abilities. He is ambitious and is eager to step to the next level. Highlight Video. Contact: Coach Michael Pistor, 972-765-1439.
 
Josh Bakare, OK, 6-0/180, F, Oklahoma Energy FC -- Looking at NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JuCo options. Unbelievable athlete. Incredible pace and stamina. Very good up top as winger or center forward. Great left foot and has a knack for goal. Can also play in the back and anchor a back line. Very coachable and has unlimited potential in any position. Contact: Tony Orsi, torsi@usao.edu.
 
Carson Bien, FL, 6-1, F, Tampa Bay United 2001 ECNL/Tampa Jesuit (Fla.) -- Looking for a large NCAA Division I school or academically strong Division III [4.14 GPA, 1300 SAT (superscore)]. Has offers from several Division III schools and has had advanced talks with several Division I schools. Strengths: Elite hold up play and use of body for a forward, elite passer and field vision (allows him to play midfield as well), quality finisher in and around the box. High character and played with unmatched heart/hustle: Heart of the Champion Scholarship winner, Carried offensive load and lead high school team to first state championship in nearly 20 years. Had several offers months ago but couldn't find the right fit and put recruiting on hold. Highlight Videos ECNL Las Vegas Showcase vs. FC Golden State | DA Showcase in December | ECNL Pennsylvania showcase | Quality league play goal. Contact coaches: TBU ECNL: Kelvin Jones, TBU ECNL, 813-927-6344; Tampa Jesuit coach Eric Sims 813-299-4757. 
 
Ian Benites, AZ via Spain, F/AM/LW, Barca Residency Academy -- Highlight Video. Contact juanmanuelmenagonzalez@gmail.com +34 665608256 or Coach Chris Harmon 484-888-2255 or charmon@barcaacademy.com
 
Ben Bolte, CA, 5-10, F/W/M/OB, LA Surf ENCL 01/02/[Loyola ca-m][ (Calif.) -- Seeking an NCAA Division I or Division III opportunity. No preference on school size or region. Currently choosing between one school in Iowa and another in Massachusetts, yet remains open to options. Very quick and versatile player. He is aggressive, but smart with the ball, and a very high work rate. Solid technical skills and footwork, and also good at possessing and moving the ball. Highlight Video-1Highlight Video-2Highlight Video-3. Contact: Chris Walter (Loyola High School Head Coach), cwalter@loyolahs.edu, 310-493-9476; Rod Lafaurie (LA Surf Coach), r.lafaurie@lasurfsoccer.com, 818-389-8092‬, ‭818-864-6951‬ or 626-685-9503‬.
 
Taylor Buena, GA, CM/LW/RW/F, Barca Residency Academy -- Highlight Video. Contact Taylorbuena@gmail.com 208-227-3191 or Coach Chris Harmon 484-888-2255 or charmon@barcaacademy.com
 
Nikhil Chagam, AZ, 5-7/150, F/W, RSL-AZ ECNL/[Corona del Sol az-m] (Ariz.) -- Seeking an academically strong school, any division or size. He has a 3.7 GPA and a 1400 SAT. He is a winger who is technically good and quick and his best ability is 1v1 attacking. Highlight Video-1Highlight Video-2Highlight Video-3. Contacts: Coach Milos, 480-332-2307; Coach Behler, 480-832-9367.
 
Athanasios Cosse, AZ, 5-11, F/W, Barca Academy-AZ -- Seeking a Division I opportunity but is open to Division II and Division III programs. Freshman year, he started 22 club games and 23 high school games, scoring 24 goals in club and 23 in high school, with a total of 47 for the season. In 2018/19, he scored 20 goals and had 14 assists in 36 games for Barca, contributing to 82 percent of the team's goals. He is ambidextrous, fast, clinical, and excellent in creating scoring opportunities for himself and teammates with my movement off the ball and dribbling. Highlight Video. Contact: Coach Greg Palmer, 318-655-5457; Athanasios Cosse, athancosse@gmail.com, 318-820-1628. 
 
Mika Folstad, MN, 5-11/155, F/CM/HM, Joy of the People -- Excellent student who is interested in Denver as one of his top two choices. Looking for a Midwest program, good school, good Division I program. Open at this point. As a player, Mika is a super smooth No. 10, No. 8 or No. 6. He is very comfortable under defensive pressure with extreme tight control. He is coming out of the famed Joy of the People program. Highlight Video. Contact Director Ted Kroeten at ted@joyofthepeople.org. 
 
Jordan Diaz, CA, 5-5/175, F, Sporting San Diego – 2001 Huertero/San Diego (Calif.) -- Seeking NAIA, Division III, Division II – open to any state and region. Jordan is a work horse up top. Quick off and on the ball and strong enough to hold up play. Has scored plenty of big time goals this year when the team needed them, and his positive attitude inspires all teammates to emulate his work rate. Highlight Video. Contact Joaquin Huertero, Joaquin@sportingsd.com, 619-884-3876.
 
Brandon Garcia, CA, F, Barca Residency Academy -- Highlight Video. Contact Brandonhbk.g2001@gmail  805-331-0420 or Coach Chris Harmon 484-888-2255 or charmon@barcaacademy.com
 
Jose Garcia, CA, RB/RM/LM/F, CA, Riverside City FC -- Strengths: versatile as he can play on all three lines comfortably, technical, great final pass, good passing range, can play with his back towards the goal, can play in open space, good pace, good IQ, defends well in 1v1 situations, good aerial game, physically fit, great attitude and personality. GPA: 3.3. Academic GPA: 3.18. SAT: 840. EFC: 0. Highlight Video. Contact Jose Garcia, Jose.g141993@yahoo.com.
 
Mishael Garcia, CA, 5-6 , F, Penn State-Beaver/LA Hamilton (Calif.) -- Garcia is seeking an NCAA Division I, II or III program in California after spending time at Penn State-Beaver in Pennsylvania. He was the second-leading scorer in the PSUAC with 19 goals and five assists as a freshman. Now is looking to play closer to home. He outhustles anybody on the field and is the first man to defend on top. He always applies pressure to defenders causing many turnovers for the opposing team. He is clinical in front of goal and never backs away from a challenge. He can be used in any position with his qualities but is best used as a forward. He will be the first player to challenge any 50/50 tackle with pure strength. He continues to improve his game each year he plays. Contact: College coach Jim Van Kirk, 724-773-3829, jjv15@psu.edu; High School Coach Christian Castro, 310-621-8983, christianpcastro@yahoo.com.
 
Roberto Garcia, CO, 5-6, M/F, Arrupe Jesuit (Colo.) -- Roberto is open-minded to the type of school and program. He has interest from Division II and NAIA schools but remains open to a new program. He was first-team all-state his senior year and second-team all-state his junior year at the 3A level in Colorado. He has been a varsity starter for four years and tallied 49 goals and 25 assists in 63 games. He is technically gifted and has tactical intelligence. Highlight VideoStat PageNCSA Profile. Contact Coach Mark Ladd at MLadd@arrupemail.org.
 
Austin Gayle, WI, 5-11/160, F/LW, [Shorewood wi-m] (Wis.) -- Open as far as region and size of school. Focusing on JUCOs but had visited Division II Wingate. Had to cancel trip to Division II Young Harris College. Two JUCOs in Illinois have made an offer, but he wants to make the right choice. He is a three-year varsity player for Shorewood in Shorewood Wis., where he could play either forward or left wing. Scored 41 goals (3rd in state) this season and leading Shorewood to the D3 state championship. He was an all-conference and all-state player. Season stats can be found at wissports.net. Shorewood plays in the Woodland conference. Highlight video. Contact: Fred Gayle 414-750-2260. 
 
Nicolas Giannola, NY, 5-9, F/M/RB, Albertson Fury, St. Anthony's (N.Y.) -- College Interest: Fordham, Hofstra, Adelphi, Fairfield (already accepted to Hofstra and Adelphi). Been in touch with Fordham, waiting to see about acceptance. A leader on the field, always gives teammates positive communication. Makes sure that every time he steps off the field he put in 100 percent at all times. Strengths are speed, taking on defenders while getting to goal, and winning the ball back as soon as team loses it. Video Highlights. Contacts: Flavio Ferri, flavioferri09@gmail.com ... 516-697-0095; Don Corrao, dcorrao@stanthonyshs.org ... 516-527-3448.
 
Greyson Gines, CO, 6-0, WB/OM/F/W, CO Rush 02 DA Composite/[Green Mountain co-m] (Colo.) -- Seeking an opportunity at the NCAA Division, I, II, III, NAIA or JuCo level. As a senior he lead his team in goals, top three in assists and was a captain. Played at the academy level for two years. Won two state championships with his club team and was a major contributor playing multiple positions. Great touch, highly skilled, speedy, good field awareness. Highlight video. Contact: Greyson.gines@gmail.com, 720-326-2714; Coach Pedro Rabadan, P.rabadan11@yahoo.com, 303-915-6144. 
 
Dominic Giusto, CA, 6-1/160, F/W/AM/RB/LB, Mustang SC - Barcelona 01 Elite/De La Salle (Calif.) -- Seeking an NCAA Division I opportunity, preferably on the West Coast. Has interest from UC Davis and various UC/Cal State colleges. Giusto has played at the elite club level for 10+ years. Tournament experience includes Surf Cup (San Diego), NHB (Huntington Beach), Mayors Cup (Las Vegas), and NPL 1 league play. Has played three years at the varsity level for De La Salle High School in the East Bay Athletic League. which is one of top high school soccer leagues in the California/United States (2020 All-League 1st Team). His strengths include dynamic speed, exceptional endurance (former cross country competitor), high soccer IQ, creativity. Highlight Video. Contact: Mustang Club Coach Chip Brown, 02cgbrown@gmail.com; Mustang Executive Director Fred Wilson, fwilson@mustangsoccer.com; Dominic Giusto, eljuice66@yahoo.com, 925-856-2021.
 
Isaac Hernandez, CA, RM/LM/F, Riverside City FC -- Strengths: Physically fit and has an engine (also a top runner on the HS track team for 800 and distance), great runner in behind, extremely physical in challenges and duals for an attacker, pacey, good IQ, finisher inside the box, great attitude and personality. GPA: 2.84. Academic GPA: 2.64. SAT: 810. EFC: 03964. Highlight Video. Contact: Isaas Hernandez, Issavox1234@icloud.com
 
Liam Hogg, AZ via Canada, F/RW, Barca Residency Academy -- Highlight Video. Contact ljhogg11@gmail.com 915-216-1192 or Coach Chris Harmon 484-888-2255 or charmon@barcaacademy.com.
 
Reese Jahoo, NC, 6-0/180, F, Carolina Velocity/Carrboro (N.C.) -- Reese is seeking to play at the Division I or Division II level. Reese has been contacted by a few schools but is behind in the recruiting process due to spending his junior year at Grimsby Academy in Grimsby,England. Reese had 45 goals (Carrboro record) and 18 assists in his senior year of high school. He was selected all-state as the No. 1 2A player in N.C. East Region. In addition, Reese was nominated to participate in the East-West All-Star Game and Clash of Carolinas Game. Reese was a captain for the high school team this past season. Reese loves the game and gives 100 percent every game and practice. Because of his work ethic, attitude, and leadership his high school coach is confident that he will be an asset to any college program. Contact: Jared Drexler, head coach at Carrboro High School, jdrexler@chccs.k12.nc.us, 315-576-0714 or Steve Turner, assistant coach at Carrboro High School, strike1066@gmail.com, 919-698-4281 or Andrew Thompson, Director. Premier UK, athompson.premieruk@gmail.com, 336-263-7347.

Chaitanya Kaktilkar, AZ via India, F/RW, Barca Residency Academy -- Highlight Video. Contact chaitanyapogba@gmal.com 520-510-3842 or Coach Chris Harmon 484-888-2255 or charmon@barcaacademy.com.

Paris Manthoulis, CA, CM/F, DeAnza Force DA/Branson School (Calif.) -- The 6-foot-3 attacking player is seeking a Division I or Division III opportunity. He is versatile and two-footed. He is a technical and can play a number of different positions. He moves well for his size, and uses his size to his advantage. Highlight Video. Contact Paris Manthoulis, pmanthoulis@gmail.com

Roy Mendoza, UT, 5-8, DM/CM/AM/F -- Aztexas and La Roca/Green Canyon (Utah) -- Seeking an NCAA Division I opportunity. He is a very dynamic player on and off the ball. His understanding for the game is very high. He plays for the team and enjoys playing a possessive game with a purpose of moving the opposition and creating openings to break the defensive lines. Player ProfileHighlight Video. Contact: La Roca DOC Adolfo Ovalle, 801-529-6747, adolfo@larocafc.com; La Roca Coach Tory Waters, 801-309-4186, toryjwaters@hotmail.com; Coach Heidi Wheelwright, 801-589-8444, larocaheidi@hotmail.com or wheewrightheidi@gmail.com.

Cooper Nolan, IL, 5-9/175, F, Sporting St. Louis/Edwardsville (Ill.) -- Illinois IHSSCA All-State Team, All-Metro Team Stltoday.com, Chicagoland All-State team. A physical and dynamic talent, he flashed great agility, speed and open-field prowess as the leading scorer for one of the state's best teams. He scored 21 goals and added seven assists for the Class 3A third-place finisher. Highlight Video. Contact: nolanc9@hotmail.com.

Malakai Perez Jr., FL, M/F, United Futbol Academy (Ga.) in 2018/[Hamilton County fl-m] (Fla.) -- Schools of interest are Liberty, UNC Wilmington, South Carolina. 2020 FACA All-Star State Selection, 2020 Nominated 2A Player of the Year, 2020 All-Suwannee Valley Team Selection. Smart with the ball, great eye on first touch. Great leadership, coachable, learns and adapts quickly. Helped lead his team to a conference final and regional final in 2020. Top 15 in his class of 2020, 4.0 GPA/Majoring in Software Engineering. SAT 1250/ACT 24 Scores. Highlight Video. Contact Horacio Perez, Horacio.Perez@hamiltonfl.com.

Noah Platzer, TX, 5-7, F (9), Classics Elite ECNL/San Antonio Christian School (Texas) -- Open to all best value opportunities. Productive, quick, assertive attacking player of boundless energy who scores goals and is fit and fast. Can run three miles in 16:30 and the 400 in 52 seconds. Clever on the ball, makes smart runs in and behind and can play the ball as it comes with multiple surfaces. Leads teammates to ballhunt smartly when out of possession and is crafty when winning the ball. Desirably irritating nuisance of a backpresser and a willing and able rainmaking presser.  Gives 90 energetic minutes with sort of a "me and the boys" type attitude, scores goals of all types and is a steady winner. Second team all-state honoree. Highlight Video: Contact: Kevin Rule 210-313-2989. 

Arnold Ramirez, CA, 5-9, M/F, California Rush/[Westminster ca-m] (Calif.) -- Seeking NCAA Division I, II or NAIA opportunities. No prefence on school size or location. All-around player with good vision and technical ability. Very hard working and a team player. Captain of the Westminster boys varsity team. Highlight Video-1Highlight Video-2. Contact: Coach Andres Perez (Westminster High School), 714-473-8281; Coach Daniel Walpole (California Rush), 657-250-0408, coachdanielw@gmail.com

Joey Ray, TX, F/M, Barca Residency Academy -- Highlight Video. Contact joeyray121@gmail.com 936-697-5465 or Coach Chris Harmon 484-888-2255 or charmon@barcaacademy.com

Jesse Torres, CA, RM/LM/F, Riverside City FC -- Strengths: versatile as he can play all front 3 positions well, great shot from distance, good finisher in the box, great with the head inside of the box, physical and strong with his back towards the goal, good runner in behind, good passing range, good 1v1 defender, great attitude and personality. GPA: 2.95. Academic GPA: 2.81. SAT: 800. EFC: 0. Highlight Video. Contact Jesse Torres, imastriker@icloud.com.
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