Fort Hays State men’s soccer coach Brett Parker made a big splash last week with his first recruiting class — the school’s first recruiting class — made up of 31 players, including 12 with ties to Kansas as the Tigers get ready for their first season in 2011-2012 (they also added a women’s team). Here’s my story on it that ran in today’s paper. Big props to FHSU for getting ahead of the curve — I feel pretty confident that within 10 years all the teams in the MIAA will have both men’s and women’s soccer. Getting that drop on the competition and that extra foothold, especially in in-state recruiting, will be invaluable in the long run.
Parker’s big pick ups, in my opinion, were a trio of Wichita kids in Kapaun Mount Carmel’s Michael Sheets and Luke Campbell and Wichita Southeast goalie Merrick Rhodes. Sheets is a scorer, which makes him a commodity, and Rhodes, with his 6-foot-1 frame, could be an impact player on the next level.
Here’s the full signing list for your perusal:
Fort Hays State
2011 men’s soccer signings
Name, Pos., Ht., Yr., Hometown, Prev. School
Omar Aguilar, MF/F, 5-9, Fr., Dallas, J.J. Pearce; Jared Bailey, D, 6-1, Jr., Lee’s Summit, Mo., Metropolitan (Mo.) CC-Blue River; Tanner Barrand, D, 6-0, Jr., Topeka, Neosho CC; Cody Black, MF, 6-1, Fr., Denber, Collegiate Academy; Bryan Bott, GK, 6-0, Fr., Johnstown, Colo., Roosevelt; Tanner Brock, MF, 5-10, Fr., Winfield, Winfield; Luke Campbell, D, 5-9, Fr., Wichita, Kapaun Mount Carmel; Daniel Davila, D, 5-11, Fr., Garland, Texas, North Garland; William Davis, MF, 5-11, Fr., Parker, Colo., Chaparral; Kaden Downing, MF, 5-8, Fr., Englewood, Colo., Englewood; Dula Fadis, MF, 6-1, Jr., Minneapolis, Minn., Barton CC; Kent Freund, GK, 6-1, Fr., Garland, Texas, North Garland; Jonathan Hernandez, MF, 6-0, Fr., Oklahoma City, Okla., Putnam North; Eric Hymer, D, 6-2, Fr., Overland Park, Olathe East; Andre Learned, MF/F, 5-9, Fr., Manhattan, Manhattan; Tomas Mares, F, 5-11, Jr., Tulasa, Okla., N. Oklahoma; Hunter Nail, D/MF, 6-3, Fr., Centennial, Colo., Chaparral; Matthew O’Rell, D/MF, 6-1, Fr., Longmont, Colo., Silver Creek; Ryan Pakieser, GK, 6-1, Fr., Lakewood, Colo., D’Evelyn; Daniel Peralta, MF/F, 5-10, Jr., Tulsa, N. Oklahoma; Adrian Ramirez, MF, 6-0, Jr., Garden City, Barton CC; Jacob Rangel, F, 5-9, Fr., Oklahoma City, Putnam North; Chris Rathjen, MF/F, 5-10, Fr., Leavenworth, Lansing; Merrick Rhodes, GK, 6-1, Fr., Wichita, Wichita Southeast; Roman Rodriguez, MF/F, 5-9, Fr., Dallas, JJ Pearce; Jacob Sayre, MF, Fr., Wichita, Maize South; Devin Schmidt, MF/F, 6-1, Fr., Hays, Hays; Michael Sheets, F, 6-0, Fr., Wichita, Kapaun Mount Carmel; Remington Stitt, F, 5-8, Fr., Greeley, Colo., Northridge; Nathan Walker, D, 5-5, Jr., Goddard, Barton CC; Ricardo Yeverino, F, 5-9, Jr., Garden City, Barton CC.
I’m out. TA