Andy Fleming And Xavier Men's Soccer Announce 2014 Recruiting Class
May 21, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier men's soccer coach Andy Fleming revealed his 2014 recruiting class, which includes a two-time All-American, two all-conference transfers, four players who have served time with youth national teams and three ranked amongst the nation's Top 150 prospects.
Announcing their intentions to enroll at Xavier next Fall are Kaleb Bayse (KY), Cory Brown (New Zealand), Josh Grant (OH), Eric McWoods (MO), Matt Nance (MI), Majed Osman (England), Alex Ridsdale (New Zealand), Cameron Taylor (IN), Riley Uhrin (OH) and Matt Vasquenza (CT).
"This class is large and diverse with a little bit of everything," said Fleming. "We have two transfers, three internationals, three left-footed players, 24 career collegiate goals, two guys who stand over 6-3 and by far the fastest class to ever enroll at Xavier. We lost seven seniors and also decided to expand our roster from our usual size of 25 and thus brought in a larger than normal class."
The 2014 class is the fifth nationally rated class assembled by Fleming's staff (rated 26th by College Soccer News) and narrowly missing their second top 25 class in the past three years.
Fleming has now attracted five U17 national team players, three Gatorade state players of the year and five NSCAA All-Americans to Xavier in his five year tenure.
"I'd like to commend our coaches, players and staff for their efforts in hosting and communicating with these prospects," Fleming said. "After a few months in the BIG EAST we realized we had a new set of demands and had to do quite a bit of recruiting from the end of the season to now. Whereas most programs try and set a class by September 1, I actually liked being able to add to our class over the winter. We kept to our blueprint of what a Xavier player is, yet added a few dimensions with some older internationals and transfers to compliment the strong core of younger domestic players on what will be our youngest team yet. This class has size, speed, some goal scoring threats and a diverse set of skills and experiences. I'd like to welcome each player and their families to our soccer family here at Xavier."
The Musketeers finished the 2013 at 10-7-2, finishing just one point shy of first place in the BIG EAST regular season standings and were one of three final RPI bubble teams left out of this year's tournament. Over the past four years they are just one of seven schools with multiple Top 25 MLS Superdraft picks (2), and rank amongst the nation's top fifteen in NCAA appearances (3), consecutive 10 win seasons (4) and wins (46). 2014 graduates Nick Hagglund (Toronto) and Matt Walker (Columbus) signed MLS contracts in January.
Cory Brown - HIGHLIGHTS
- Starting left back for New Zealand in 2013 FIFA U 17 World Cup
Personal: Born April 3, 1996 ... Son of Paul and Karyn Brown ... from same hometown as Xavier teammate Alex Ridsdale ... recruited by Louisville, South Florida and Butler ... chose Xavier over UC Santa Barbara.
What Fleming Says About Brown: "Corey was recruited by some of the nation's top programs and was one of the nation's top defender prospects. In addition to playing three full matches in last year's FIFA U17 World Cup he is one of the few younger players to travel with New Zealand's U20 team and is brought in for most of their events. Equally comfortable as a left back and central defender, Cory is very good at connecting the game and is one of the more technically gifted backs I've seen in a while. He moves well, is brave and his international experience and living away from home at Ole Academy provide him with some experience that will have him ready. James Prosser, his coach, is a Cincinnati native, which allowed us to connect our school with Cory and his family is a very personal way form the other side of the globe."
- Ohio South ODP team
Personal: Son of Janos and Sheri Uhrin ... father has represented the United States on its Hearing Impaired National Team ... attended Xavier's One Day ID camp in January 2014 ... also recruited by Robert Morris.
What Fleming Says About Uhrin: "Riley attended our One Day ID camp in January which is designed to give players with an interest in Xavier an audition of sorts to our staff. We certainly noticed his versatility, his strong frame and how springy he was. Add in his ability to play multiple positions and a strong left foot, and Rileys skill set is intriguing. Soccer aside it was his enthusiasm for our program and a small chip on his shoulder that he plays with that impresses me the most."
- All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) first team in 2013
Personal: Born June 9, 1994 ... son of Sobhi and Linda Osman ... made other visits to North Carolina and Creighton.
What Fleming Says About Osman: "Majed is a dangerous attacking personality who has played as a tucked in winger, a front player and is accustomed underneath role. His six goals and 7 assist and first team All MAC for a solid WVU program prove that he is adept in both a scoring and setup role. He strikes the ball very well form distance, can weight a pass and does well with the final pass when able. His presence will allow Will Walker more freedom to find the game, and help ease the loss of Matt Walker, while lightening the burden on our talented freshmen attacking players. His skill set compliments our system well."
Josh Grant - HIGHLIGHTS
- Six-time Ohio state cup champion
Personal: Born December 1, 1995... son of Jeff and Kim Grant ... father serves as a minister ... brother competed collegiately at Northern Kentucky ... attended College Soccer 101 camp at Xavier ... also recruited by Radford, Dayton, Cincinnati and Liberty.
What Fleming Says About Grant: "I considered Josh to be the best athlete in Cincinnati this past year. His pace, quickness and leaping ability are at the level are on par with many others in the BIG EAST. Used both as an attacking right back and a flank player, Josh does well to gain the endline and also is better in combination in tight spaces than some give him credit for. Above all, Josh is a delightful young man from a wonderful family which allowed us to once again keep the best players and people at home in Cincinnati. Once he irons out a few details defensively and settles in, the prospect of his speed alongside Vasquenza and Mc Woods is exciting."
Matt Nance - HIGHLIGHTS
- Ranked in nations top 150 recruits by College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer. Rated as high as 35th in 2012.
Personal: Born November 4, 1996 ... son of Jeff and Diane Nance ... attended College Soccer 101 camp at Xavier ... brother Chris was two-time Division III national finalist at Calvin College ... also looked at NC State, Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana.
What Fleming Says About Nance: "I met Matt at camp as a freshman in high school and knew then this would be a guy I wanted to coach. In my eyes he is quietly one of the smarter and smoother players in the Midwest and has quite a pedigree and array of soccer experiences from his time with the United States National Team residency program. He is a gifted passer, is left footed, very poised, has great vision and has improved his commitment to the defensive side of the ball. His ability to read the game and pass out of pressure make him very versatile and promise a solid career here at X."
Eric McWoods - Highlights
- 2013 NSCAA State Offensive Player of Year for Missouri
Personal: Born October 21, 1995 ... son of Ricky and Roberta McWoods ... mother was a heptathlete at Missouri ... also recruited by SMU, Duke and New Mexico.
What Fleming Says About McWoods: "Eric is a guy who was a standout point guard and track athlete and only did soccer part time until this spring. Despite his limited exposure, he still drew interest from several top programs and was a two time High School All American. He is one of the most athletic players in the nation who is able to face up players and also run onto balls behind them. He turns the corner well and finishes with both feet as well as his head. Although just 5'9 he can dunk a basketball and will grow leaps this spring as he becomes a fulltime soccer player."
Kaleb Bayse - HIGHLIGHTS
- Final two players for 2013 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year
Personal: Born October 24 1995 ... son of Steve and Melodye Bayse ... brother and sister both play collegiate soccer ... attended College Soccer 101 camp at Xavier ... also visited Lipscomb and Wright St.
What Fleming Says About Bayse: "Kaleb attended our College Soccer 101 camp last year and emerged as the week grew on. The first thing you notice is his 6'3 frame and his great feet and ability to connect the game as a target player, while he moves very well and can also play in the midfield. His soccer IQ and vision are very impressive and once he refines his ariel game and develops some more physical strength I think hell add a nice dimension to some of the excellent quickness and pace we brought into our attack with our players in this class."
Cameron Taylor - HIGHLIGHTS
- Mentioned in Best XI at 2012-2013 Development Academy playoffs
Personal: Born November 22, 1995 ... son of Randy and Anita Taylor ... club teammate of current Musketeer Jalen Brown ... also visited Loyola of Chicago and IUPUI.
What Fleming Says About Taylor: "Cameron is a physical specimen at 6'4 and a special athlete with a great ariel presence/ leaping ability and tremendous pace when in 1v1 footraces. He rarely complicates his role and has done well shutting down attackers on the ground, in the air and thru his positioning. We are anxious to see if he can fit into some other spots and is a guy who will really develop once he is engrained into the culture of our program. His ceiling is exciting and he gives us another legitimate BIG EAST level athlete in this class."
Matt Vasquenza - HIGHLIGHTS
- Ranked as a Top 150 recruit and #6 prospect in Northeast by topdrawersoccer
Personal: Born January 6, 1996 ... son of Michael and Mary Lou Vasquenza ... attended CS 101 camp at Xavier ... also visited UConn and Providence.
What Fleming Says About Vasquenza: "Matt reminds me of so many others who have gone onto be prolific goal scorers at the college level. He has a blue collar mentality, tremendous pace, times his runs well, has great balance and can finish with both feet in a variety of ways. His efforts got him noticed by the US staff and lead to an invite to a national team camp last summer where he won the beep fitness test. He has worked hard to add dimensions to his game in the middle third and with his back to the goal. He also scored 1000 points in high school basketball despite standing 5'9. Matt finds a way and is a winner."
- Second Team, All Great Lakes Valley Conference selection 2012 and 2013
Personal: Born January 14, 1994 ... son of Michael Ridsdale and Marie Calderbank ... comes form same hometown as incoming freshman Cory Brown ... also contacted by St John's.
What Fleming Says About Ridsdale: "Alex is a savvy player comfortable in each of the front four spots. His international experience representing New Zealand and trials with Scottish and English Premier League clubs provide him with a wide range of experiences. This accumulated soccer IQ resulted in two all-conference selections at McKendree as well as 15 goals in two seasons. He is extremely fit, has good vision, balance and is good at getting players off balance via the dribble. I think that our culture will be good for him and his veteran experience will be welcomed in our young attacking core."