Head coach Andy Fleming brings in another acclaimed recruiting class for the upcoming season.
March 2, 2012
CINCINNATI - Xavier men's soccer head coach Andy Fleming has officially announced his recruiting class for the 2012 season, which features several state players of the year, All-Americans, and local athletes who will join the two-time defending Atlantic 10 Champions in the fall.
Announcing their intentions to play for the two-time defending Atlantic 10 Champions beginning in the 2012 season are Tyler Graziani, Neil Henley, Calum Latham, Kyle Martin, Christopher Moore, James Moore, and Vincent Shaw.
This class features a mix of talented athletes and strong academic players that have defined Fleming's previous two recruiting classes.
"First I'd like to thank the assistant coaches and the players for spearheading much of the effort that goes into attracting these athletes," Fleming said. "In just two years, we've quickly been able to establish what is a `Xavier player,' and I think that each of these young men and their families embody those qualities."
"From a soccer standpoint I prefer to under promise and over deliver since I believe it always takes a few years to see how recruiting classes pan out. However, I do know these players will conduct themselves with class and do very well academically, which usually means the soccer will take care of itself. I like their personalities, their potential, and the pieces that each of them bring to the table. I won't be surprised if this class garners some national attention."
Six of the seven incoming players received academic scholarships while five of them are members of the National Honor Society. On the pitch five of the players have won multiple state championships at the club level and three were named All-Americans by various media outlets. Fleming also thinks having attended last year's summer camp built a strong foundation to start from.
"I believe this allowed them to connect as a group and start to form a collective personality and identity," he said. "This excites me the most along with the fact that they are talented students and athletes, good human beings."
This class will look to be Xavier's third straight nationally rated recruiting class since Fleming's arrival. The 2010 class ranked 40th, while last year's edition was 29th by CollegeSoccerNews.com. Two U17 national team members, two Gatorade State Players of the Year, and four high school All-Americans highlight Fleming's first three classes.
Xavier won its second straight Atlantic 10 Championship last season. En route to their second straight title Xavier knocked off national runner up Charlotte, 2-1, in overtime of the first round match. The Musketeers finished the season with a 12-5-4 overall record, attained their first NSCAA national ranking in program history last season, and were in the national polls for fourteen consecutive weeks.
2012 Recruiting Class Profiles
Tyler Graziani Pittsburgh, Pa. West Allegheny HS Beadling SC Midfield
2011 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State Region I Olympic Development team Made trips to Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia with Region I team Ranked in Top 22 players in Pennsylvania by ESPN Rise National Honor Society
Personal: Born May 5th, 1994. Son of Ron and Kathy Graziani. Also contacted by American and Cincinnati. Attended One day ID camp at Xavier in 2011.
Fleming on Graziani: "Tyler is our second recruit from the critical recruiting area of central Pennsylvania. He first caught our eye with the renowned Beadling soccer club and then elevated his standing after a strong showing at one of our One Day ID camps. He probably has the best soccer IQ in this class and is comfortable at the left back, left midfield, and defensive midfield spots. He has a strong frame to him and is a great teammate who rarely plays outside of himself and will help his cause through his remarkable consistency."
Neil Henley Louisville, Ky. St Xavier HS Javanon Forward
Selected to play in High School Soccer All-American game played at NCAA College Cup 2011-12 Gatorade Kentucky Boys Soccer Player of the Year Rated as 72nd best prospect in the nation by collegesoccernews.com Received Golden Boot award as top scorer at 2011 Region II championships with 6 goals in 5 games Won club soccer state title six times and ranked number one nationally with Javanon (2010) National Honor Society
Personal: Born August 19th, 1993. Son of Doug and Connie Henley. Had contact with Louisville, Denver, SMU, and Georgetown. Attended College Soccer 101 camp at Xavier.
Fleming on Henley: "There are a few dimensions our team lacks and Neil's presence as a bustling power forward/winger is one of them. He received coast-to-coast interest and has tremendous power and speed to go along with a 6-foo-1 and 175 pound frame. His ability to run at players, slot balls and also play in combinations makes him multi dimensional. He also has an advanced IQ for someone his age in the final third. As someone with a high ceiling for improvement, Neil is capable of helping right away because he adds a compliment to some of our returning attacking players."
Calum Latham Springfield, Ohio Central Catholic HS Cincinnati United (CUP) Forward
2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American All-time leading scorer in Ohio high school soccer history with 198 goals Leading scorer in Ohio (2009, 10, 11) Led high school team to 2010 Ohio State Semifinals and club team to three state cup titles National Honor Society
Personal: Born August 9, 1993. Son of Shane and Mary Latham. Also considered the University of Dayton. Attended One day ID camp and College Soccer 101 camp at Xavier.
Fleming on Latham: "Again were are able to keep one of the top players in Ohio close to home. At 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Calum is a physical presence as a target player. However, he has very soft feet and two things you can't teach - goal scoring ability and size. He's worked hard to improve his posting up and his aerial game and is very good at creating his own shot in tight spaces. He will be a nice compliment and understudy to Luke Spencer."
Kyle Martin Perryville, Mo. St. Louis Priory HS Lou Fusz Gold Defensive Midfielder
2011 Post-Dispatch Missouri Class 2 State Player of the Year 2011 Missouri Class 2 State Champions with 27-0 record Region II Olympic Development team (2010) Captain of three-time club soccer state champion (Lou Fusz) National Honor Society
Personal: Born December 20, 1993. Son of Keith and Beth Martin. Also had contact with Stanford, Washington, Clemson, Colgate and Northwestern.
Fleming on Martin: "Some consider Kyle to be the most consistent player in soccer rich community of St. Louis. He certainly is one of the smarter and smoother midfielders we saw and has a great maturity and leadership within him. He's a great passer of the ball and is able to play 360 degrees, while connecting the game well and has more bite to him than people give him credit for. A driven young man, he commuted 1.5 hours each way to attend his high school and capped off his career with a state title and certainly fits the mold of the student-athlete, leader, and winner that we look for in our program."
Chris Moore Louisville, Ky. Ballard HS Javanon Soccer Club Utility
2011 KHSSCA First-Team (West) All-State Two-year captain of his club team (2011, 12) Club team ranked No. 1 nationally in 2010 Six-time club team state champion, 2011 Region II Semifinalist, and 2011 National League Runner-Up
Personal: Born Sept 4, 1993. Son of Brian and Melinda Moore. Also contacted by Lipscomb and Wake Forest. Named Most Valuable Player of Xavier College Soccer 101 camp in 2011.
Fleming on C. Moore: "Chris came into our summer camp uncommitted and put together one of the best start to finish camp performances I've ever seen. He is a tireless, consistent and versatile player who is quiet by nature but says plenty with his play. A proven winner with Coach Jason Bell at Javanon, many considered him to be the glue that held one of the nation's most talented teams together en route to a #1 national ranking. He's very athletic and has a lot ahead of him and is equally comfortable at the DMF, right back and center back roles."
James "Rhodes" Moore Columbus, Ohio Upper Arlington HS Columbus Crew Academy Midfield
Named Third Team All-America by ESPN Rise Magazine Rated as 108th best prospect among 2012 recruits by collegesoccernews.com Selected to National High School All-American game at College Cup weekend Named to reserve team matches for Columbus Crew MLS team, summer 2011
Personal: Born September 8th 1993. Son of Jamie and Mary Noel Moore. Chose Xavier over Ohio St, Indiana, Georgetown and South Florida. Attended College Soccer 101 camp at Xavier in 2011.
Fleming on R. Moore: "Rhodes is a humble young man and very quiet in nature. Almost every program in the nation knew of him in some capacity and we feel that he is knocking on the door of being a national level name at the youth and college level. Capable both as a setup man and running at players, he's comfortable at all four midfield spots and has a tremendous engine and feel for the game that should allow for him to push some of our incumbents and contribute right away."
Vince Shaw Versailles, Ky. Woodford County HS Javanon Soccer Club Goalkeeper
2011 Kentucky Youth Soccer Association State Player of the Year Academic All State First Team 2009-2011 2011 KHSSCA First-Team (East) All-State AP Scholar award, National Honor Society Co-captain of Javanon soccer club team with Chris Moore
Personal: Born June 1, 1994. Son of Greg and Mary Shaw. Xavier was first school to contact Vince and he committed shortly thereafter. Attended Xavier's One Day ID camp and College Soccer 101 camp in 2011.
Fleming on Shaw: "Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 185 pounds, I consider Vince to be a gentle giant by nature and a very talented athlete who was one of the best kept secrets amongst the goalkeepers in the Midwest. He is very athletic for his frame and has a huge upside and learning curve. A talented student and mature young man, I'm excited to see where he can go once he refines a few technical aspects and gets a year under his belt."