Top Drawer Soccer has rated the Akron Zips 2012 recruiting class, which includes four of the top 11 recruits in the country, as the best in college soccer.
“Over the past five years, we have been fortunate that many of the top players in the country have chosen Akron and without question, this is one of the finest recruiting classes we have ever assembled. I know their impact will be felt immediately and, with a very strong core group of returning players, we expect to continue competing for national championships in the years to come,” coach Caleb Porter said in a news release.
According to a news release these players will be joining the Zips:
Andrew Souders - D - 5-11 - 165 lbs. - Amherst, Ohio (Amherst Steele) - No. 6-ranked recruit according to Top Drawer Soccer … ranked No. 8 by ESPN RISE and No. 9 by College Soccer News … top-ranked recruit in Great Lakes Region (TDS) … team captain of the U.S. U-17 National Team … competed in the 2011 U-17 World Cup, alongside fellow UA recruits Koroma, Pina and Serna … played all 90 minutes against Cuba and Panama, and all 120 in a crucial semifinal victory()against El Salvador during the 2011 CONCACAF Championship … also started against Canada in the championship game … team earned a shutout in three of four matches he played in … joined residency in Fall of 2009 … currently plays for Columbus Crew Academy of the US soccer Developmental Academy.
Fernando Pina - GK - 6-0 - 180 lbs. - Houston, Texas (Challenge Early College HS) Ranked 10th-best recruit in the country by Top Drawer Soccer … is also ranked No. 2, behind fellow Zips' recruit Koroma, in the state of Texas … ranked No. 18 by ESPN RISE and No. 26 by College Soccer News … is considered the top goalkeeper recruit in the nation (TDS) … was one of the leading keepers for the U.S. U-17 team … competed in the 2011 U-17 World Cup, alongside fellow UA recruits Koroma, Serna and Souders … started three games, allowing just two goals in 298 minutes during the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship … earned a shutout in a 1-0 win over Panama … made seven International appearances in 2011 and allowed just six goals … regular in U.S. U-15 national team camps in 2009 and was invited into U-17 residency that fall … was part of the U-14 and U-15 Boys' National Team programs before joining Residency … has played with the Houston Dynamo of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy since 2009.
Dillon Serna - MF - 5-7 - 135 lbs. - Brighton, Colo. (Horizon HS) Ranked 11th-best recruit in the country and the top prospect in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions by Top Drawer Soccer … is also ranked 26th in the nation by ESPN RISE and 34th by College Soccer News … member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team … competed in the 2011 U-17 World Cup, alongside fellow UA recruits Koroma, Pina and Souders … started two games, including the championship match against Canada during the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship … recorded an assist against Cuba … joined Residency in the Fall of 2010 … has played for the Colorado Rapids Academy from 2009-12.
Omari Morris - F - 5-4 - 145 lbs. - Toronto, Ontario (Pickering HS) Member of the Canadian Under-17 National Team … represented Canada in the 2011 U-17 World Championship … earned playing time in the team's first game against Uruguay … was the team captain for the Ontario U-14, U-15, and U-16 Provincial Teams … currently plays for Toronto FC Academy … scored 21 goals, including three game-winners, and recorded 11 assists as a freshman at Pickering High School.
Matt Foldesy - MF - 5-7 - 145 lbs. - North Olmstead, Ohio (St. Ignatius HS) Ranked 55th-best recruit in the country by ESPN RISE and 63rd by College Soccer News … NSCAA Youth All-American … 2011 Ohio High School Boys Division I Player of the Year … ESPN RISE All-Ohio Team … Greater Cleveland Coaches and Officials Player of the Year … led St. Ignatius to a national championship – going a perfect 23-0 – as a junior and back-to-back state championships in 2010-11 … registered 42 goals, 31 assists and 16 game-winners (school record) in two seasons while compiling a 45-1 overall record with the Wildcats … played for Brad Friedel's Premier Soccer Academies as a freshman … sat out his sophomore season after transferring to St. Ignatius … plays club soccer with the Internationals SC in Cleveland which is a part of the US soccer Developmental Academy and is also coached by Akron associate head coach Jared Embick.
Here are the Top 10 recruiting classes according to rankings from Top Drawer Soccer: