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Final 2016 boys recruiting class rankings

Article Written by TopDrawerSoccer
Published: August 24, 2016

Now that the preseason is out of the way, there is some clarity about how various Division I programs will be utilizing their freshmen classes for this fall. With that new information in hand, TopDrawerSoccer rearranges and reranks the 2016 Recruiting Classes. 

Check out which programs made the Top 50 list below. 

Read More: Recruiting Class Rankings - February | April update | July Update 

1. North Carolina

Commitments: Cameron Lindley (No. 9), 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)

While Auston Trusty decided to bolt for the professional game, UNC still has a really strong class. Lindley and Pineda scored in the preseason. 

2. Akron

Commitments: 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

Emmanuel Sabbi signed a professional contract, which leaves this class and the Akron roster without the same punch in the attack. 

3. Maryland(m)

Commitments: Keegan Kelly (No. 28), Donovan Pines (No. 61), Miles Stray (No. 71), Mike Heitzmann, Luca Levee, Justin Bajek, Griffin Bouchard

Transfers: Jake Rozhansky (Virginia), Gordon Wild (USC Upstate(m))

Gordon Wild and Jake Rozhansky look like they are already fitting in during the preseason, which has the Terps already rolling prior to the opener against UCLA this week. 

4. Washington(m)

Commitments: Elijah Rice (No. 34), Blake Bodily (No. 80), Jaret Townsend (No. 92), Handwalla Bwana, Bryce Logan, Jasper Malamud, Ryan Sailor, Jesse Fitzgerald

Washington head coach Jamie Clark is already singing the praises of Handwalla Bwana, as he compared the freshman to former Akron star Darlington Nagbe. 

5. Virginia

Commitments: Terrell Lowe (No. 31), Lucas Mendes (No. 33), 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)

Weston McKennie is gone, which is a big blow to this class and moves the group down from No. 4 to No. 5.  

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